By far the most lived-in room of your house, make this space reflect who you are and the way you live.
An adjustable lamp is key for transforming a neglected nook into an inviting reading corner. A chair large enough to curl up in helps too, as does a nearby table for keeping within reach essentials such as a beverage and books.
Layering lots of different objects on a tabletop can really add a cozy, lush vibe to the space. Just keep the textures and colors in the same family. Brass, horn, wood, and leather all say upscale library. A few favorite books finish off the warm, wanderlust setting.
A den can be the ultimate informal entertaining space. Using a tray to corral your decorative accents leaves more space on your coffee table for drinks and snacks. Neutral coasters in luxurious materials such as leather protect the tabletop and add a low-key opulence without introducing yet another color or pattern onto the already busy scene.
Love a piece of furniture? Showcase it in two spaces around your home. A green chest that works wonders in your foyer can also serve as an informal bar in the den. Here, atop a cabinet, a tray keeps glasses and decanters tidily organized and within easy reach. The glassware also adds a welcome sparkle to the tabletop tableau.
Beyond the Candlestick
A mantle is another display shelf after all. Beyond the classic pair of candles, a mix of treasured items and unexpected items such as flowers and fresh fruit give can enliven an often overlooked shelf. The lack of symmetry contributes to the homey feel of this mantel arrangement. To ensure that casual doesn’t become cluttered, keep to a limited color palette.
Even a non-working fireplace can warm up your den. Paint the inside of the fireplace with a surprising shade for impact. A stormy blue makes the carved marble stand out and compliments the putty walls and charcoal-colored upholstery. Keep some handy throws on one chair for a fireside chat. Fill the hearth with a rustic baskets that can be called up upon for a multitude of storage needs’here or in other rooms.
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