Spicing Up A Bland Living Room

Dear Style Studio Team,

I am in desperate need of your decorating advice. I have been very indecisive on how to “spice up” my new living room. I would love for my living room to have that great Ballard Designs feel.

I am interested in designing my living room around the Family Tree Giclee wall print. I would appreciate your help in pairing patters and colors (i.e. wall color, rug, accents).

Can’t thank you enough for your time and expertise!



Joanna Living Room 1

Joanna Living Room 2 

Joanna Living Room 3


We were thrilled when we discovered that you wanted to style your room around the Family Tree Giclee. This piece of art is loaded with color.

Because of the lighter background of this print, we suggest leaving your current paint color and gracing your mantel with the giclee.

Next, add a piece of the same style pottery to each end of your mantel … try white as with our French Bisque Lamp Slips. So your Family Tree has visitors, we suggest perching our Garden Doves to one side of the mantel.

If space allows, add an Elise Candle Sconce on each side of the artwork.

Family Tree Giclee

A great way to repeat color in a room is to paint the back of your bookshelves a medium to light blue pulled from the Family Tree. This will create beautiful silhouettes of your accessories.

We recommend adding a basket to one side of your fireplace as easy storage for your relaxing necessities … like a colorful, comfy throw.

Next, we suggest nestling a Courbe Ottoman in a turquoise fabric, under your flat screen, to add color dimension to that corner of the room.

Place a Seeded Globe Lamp to the left of your sectional and then flank the other end with a Brooklyn Floor Lamp.

To bring additional natural light from your window, add the Jill mirror above your sofa.

Courbe Ottoman Seeded OrbJill Mirror

Your sectional needs to repeat all the great colors of the artwork, so our team recommends loading it up with pillows full of color and pattern.

A few fabrics we suggest are: Hayley Blue, Velvet Teal, a punch of yellow, and Document for a conversational pillow.

Just remember to use the pure colors in the Family Tree to accessorize your room and create balance.

Happy Decorating!

Style Studio Team

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