I’m taking a stab at dissecting another high end designer room into a space for “real life.” (See the last one I did here.) You may have already seen Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s living room designed by Lonni Paul in Traditional Home. It’s definitely traditional but still feels young and fresh.
There are some great take-aways from this space, but especially for those who generally consider themselves “neutral decorators” longing for a little color. It’s also a lesson in minimalism, showing how one bold piece can be enough color for an entire room.
This living room starts with a neutral base, incorporates few accessories and cool tones (no warm brass here!). Everything sticks to a calming theme with one big exception: statement art that really pops. Think about how different–and traditional–this room would look if you replaced it with a watercolor landscape painting in the same soft shades of blue and gray used on the rug and upholstery. If you feel like your home is too traditional to bring in a piece of modern art, this may help you rethink what you “can” and “can’t” do in your own space.