Enlivening a Space

Dear Expert: Yikes, everything in my living room is in solid colors and matching wood tones. It feels so dull and boring. What do I do now? Sara, Edina

A: Buying that room package does seem to be an easy solution to furnishing a room, but it can suffer from a lack of personality. You will want to mix in pattern and color with rugs, accent pillows, and wall art.

Mix in patterns in different scales that share a color palette. A bold pattern area rug would be a good starting point. Try adding some contrast with an accent piece in a painted finish. A leather cocktail ottoman can add both a contrasting texture and shape to a seating. Adding color and contrasting textures will add life to your space!

—Susan Strong
Schneiderman’s Furniture