she had a "big old brown beast" that dominated the room.
She felt there were no options until she could afford a new sofa.
I told her we could work with her beast, here are some ideas you can easily
incorporate if you're having trouble making your home feel updated because of an old sofa.
~ Notice where your eye travels when you look at these rooms, I bet it's not to the sofa. ~
1 ~ LIGHTEN UP
Paint your walls a lighter color.
Use lighter color pillows, lamps, accessories and artwork.
Paint your coffee table white.
2 ~ ADD MIRRORS
These two large mirrors not only make a statement, but reflect the opposite side of the
room, taking the focus off the sofa.
TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Target, Cost Plus, Marshalls and thrift stores are all
good sources for inexpensive mirrors.
3 ~ DISTRACT THE EYE
This room is a great example of several elements you can use to distract from the sofa,
a screen, large scale accessories, patterned chair, pillows, and ottoman,
three different styles of tables.
4 ~ USE UNEXPECTED ART
The combination of the symmetrical gallery wall and the large abstract adds so much
interest, as does the completely different style of tables.
5 ~ A POP OF COLOR
Include a fresh dose of your favorite bright color, dark brown looks great with
bright blue, green, pink, orange and yellow.
(Once again notice the infusion of white, and two gallery walls.)
6 ~ ADD PATTERN
Your eye goes right to the patterned draperies and striped chair.
Notice the patterned pillows in several of the photos above.
Both of the following rooms are great examples that each incorporate several of the ideas.
If you're thinking including all of those elements could be expensive, remember you
don't have to include ALL of them, and shopping at TJ Maxx, HomeGoods,
Marshalls, World Market, Target and thrift stores are all budget friendly sources.
The main trick is take the focus off the 'beast!'