Living roomTraditional Living Room, Minneapolis
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In this traditional living room with a hint of country, red simply makes me feel happy. The soft blue wall color is a great choice, because it keeps the red from being too jarring and adds a level of sophistication.
There is usually more color and pattern in the fabrics as well. Cottage-y fabric choices range from soft florals to small prints to plaids and stripes. But all have a touchable, you-can’t-damage-me look.
Soft lighting. Because the living room serves so many purposes, lighting becomes extra important. You need well-placed task lighting for reading, but you also need it to provide a soft ambience for relaxing. Table lamps are a traditional choice; check out the huge array of antique replicas on the market. I like the black lamp shades used here — the splash of black really grounds the scheme.