There are many elements of design. (Line, shape, texture, color, and form.)
In my opinion, the most crucial and obvious element that will pull a space together, is the color.
When I work on a space, I like to use mostly neutral colors for the largest pieces, and pull the color-scheme in through accent pieces. Right now our living room consists of mostly neutrals:
I need a color-scheme in here now!
I have always leaned toward the warmer colors, but for whatever reason, I want some cooler colors in the space. Why do people shy away from the cooler colors?
When you don't have a good color-scheme throughout the space, it doesn't give off a cohesive feel. When you have a working color-scheme throughout, the space feels cozy and gives a warm feeling even if the colors themselves are not warm.
So here are our color scheme options of the cooler variety:
What do you think? We chose.....
The colors we chose from this image are the deepest shade of purple (Purple Rain #1386), the middle of the road blue/green (St. Lucia Teal #683), and the deepest golden orange (Amber #168) to represent the color of our rich leather chairs.
There are some elements of the color schemes in the space now... I had to twist P's arm to get him to come along to pick-out toss pillows and a new blanket for the space, but it's important to me that he enjoys the space too. (And it was good that he went, I found out that although he might be able to enjoy a space with purple in it, he will not have that be in combination with any floral prints!)
When I am out looking for accent pieces, pillows or anything to go in the space, I like to walk around with the paint swatches in my purse-- even if I won't actually use the the colors in paint in the space-- it helps me find items that will coordinate well and create a cohesive scheme in the room.
Happy designing and color-scheming! If you need help refining your own color-scheme within your space, email me to set up a consultation if you are in the area!