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I just moved from a small one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan to a 3 bedroom house in Denver. Luckily, my mom is selling her house and I was also to take some furniture with me. My design dilemma comes to us in the shape of an awkward living room. The living room is long and narrow. The entry from the front door is smack in the middle and located on the walls on either side of the entrance are long radiators (i.e. no furniture along one of the two longest walls in the room.) The other long wall is closed with the exception of the entryway into the dining room (about 12 ft wide). The two shorter walls have a fireplace and staircases (one upstairs and one to basement), respectively. What a challenge!
I have decided to create two seating areas separated by the entryway. However, in order to help the room flow, I would like to tie them together (using the existing furniture I have from Manhattan and from my mom – I’m on a budget) by using a navy/lilac color palette. I have the basics – a neutral/ivory sofa, a navy sofa (a very dark ink color), a brown leather chair, a marble top coffee table with a walnut base and disparate wooden side tables.
I discovered a local upholsterer who is selling two British cane chairs. She will reupholster them in any fabric I choose (the frame finish can also be customized). They will be located next to the navy sofa (the ivory sofa, leather chair and marble top table comprise the other seating area in the room). As everything in the room is solid, I would like to introduce a lilac print. I’m looking for a grayish-lilac or khaki-lilac, something neutral to play against the navy.
To tie it all together, I eventually want to buy two matching area rugs and to use throw pillows, throw blankets, curtains etc to help spread the color palette throughout the room. Does anyone have any navy/lilac inspiration for me? Also, can anyone recommend an affordable lilac fabric for the chairs? I’ve been told that lilac is not a popular color by every single fabric store in Denver (including the Design Center!)
And here is what she has to work with.