Go for Classics
Whether it’s a statement sofa or a big armchair, deep-seated upholstery in leather or a rich fabric will evoke the comforts of a cozy library. To complement hefty pieces such as a rolled-arm chair, bring in carved-wood tables and a traditional-style woven rug.
Think Big with Furniture
To warm up a seating area and centralize the furniture, go for an oversize ottoman. The large-scale piece can stand in as an extra-spacious, ultra-elegant coffee table while helping to unify furniture of different styles. Plus it can easily fill out large living areas, providing both visual balance and chic style.
Warm Up Neutrals
Arrange neutral-tone furnishings close to a fireplace to create a restful lounge area. Balance the soft and subtle hues with darker wood accent pieces, such as a low ottoman or a gilt-framed painting or mirror hung above the mantel, which can serve as elegant details reminiscent of those found in a classic great room.
Set a Nostalgic Mood
Adding accessories such as vintage photographs or an ornate sconce is an easy way to conjure up a bit of Old World magic and an intimate vibe in your living area. Show off things that are dear to you, be it an old map or a series of botanical prints, to create a room that’s inviting yet personal.