Question: I'd like to redecorate my living room. The walls and ceiling are off-white, and the baseboards are white. The draw draperies, which I must keep, are made of sky-blue antique satin.
I have an 18th-Century button-back mahogany-trimmed sofa that needs upholstering. The room has hardwood floors, one round mahogany end table, one "step" mahogany end table and two crystal lamps. I will purchase a Queen Anne love seat and two Queen Anne wing chairs.
What style would you suggest for a third chair? I will also buy a mahogany coffee table and a 6-by-9 foot Oriental rug. How can I tie all this together effectively? What colors and types of fabric should I use to upholster the sofa, love seat and the three chairs? What colors would you recommend for the Oriental rug?
Answer: You're off to a great start; I like all the classic pieces you have. You might try an Oriental rug that is larger than 6-by-9 feet, however, so that the floor space is filled more evenly. On your 18th-Century button-back sofa, I suggest a rich yellow-gold satin fabric with gold, white and soft-blue trim.