You don’t need a lot. Black lamp shades, upholstery, throw pillows, picture frames — any of these can add an edge of graphic appeal that will update the look. Some design schools of thought even firmly state that every room, whether traditional or modern, needs a bit of black to ground it.
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Note how the pink here is used. It’s not just a single heap of bold sitting in a corner. The pink on the blanket was invited in by the pink in the pillow and is reinforced by the pink flowers.
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If you absolutely love your furniture with its original upholstery, try a modern rug to give your room hip appeal. A sisal or sea grass is a great go-to, but if you don’t prefer natural fibers, you might like a bold, graphic rug like stripes or an animal print.
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There are so many ways you can play with this. Add new his-and-her chairs at either end, for instance, or upholster the two chairs at either end in a different fabric.