OnTrend in Your Living Room

Filled with spice colors and global influence, Executive Director of Merchandising Becky Greene loves the eclectic yet natural feel inspired by this fashion-forward living room in Furnitureland OnTrend. Earthy tones and mixed metals meld with the organic and the modern for a refined, sophisticated space that’s still instantly comfy and cozy.

“This room feels like a space where someone’s collected and curated things that mean something to them,” Executive Director of Merchandising Becky Greene says.

The seating exemplifies the well-traveled modern aesthetic of the whole living room. The wide two-seat tuxedo sofa by Sherrill Furniture (our price $2,572) and the shelter wingback chair from Huntington House (our price $1,360) could hardly be more different, but their pairing in the same space provides an inspiring contrast.

“The blending of a more transitional sofa with a timeless Chesterfield back and a modernized wingback chair make the room comfortable and approachable,” Becky says.

The chair’s smooth gray leather and aged nickel nailheads round out the updated traditional lines, while the rusty tweed upholstery of the sofa flatter both the deep diamond button-tufted back and the flared track arms.

The use of a rust tone echoes a huge current trend: matte metals.

“Matte metals are a little bit nondescript,” Becky says, “but they seem to marry together easier within a space.”

In this room alone, you can see aged nickel nailheads on the wing chair, blackened iron on the accent bust, brushed antique-gold on the CTH-Sherrill Occasional end table  (our price $924) and — maybe most importantly — brass everywhere, literally from floor to ceiling.

“Brass is really making a comeback,” Becky says.

All over Furnitureland South, brass is back, from OnTrend and the Modern Gallery to the Best Of galleries and Restoration Vintage. Seen from the Sherrill sofa’s ferrule feet to the three tiers of metal swags in the Made Goods Douglas Chandelier, the gleaming hue of brass projects glitz and glamour, but especially with matting or antiquing, the material doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the room or any other piece. Brass works well as a neutral or an accent and catches light beautifully, serving as a great material that suggests movement well.

Most of the geometric patterns in the room — another trend Becky loves — feature a brassy tone, from the Efrain Honeycomb Room Divider to the Clive Metal Branch Coffee Table, both from Made Goods. Seen below a clear glass top, the dramatic cubist rendering of a tree definitely captures the multifaceted trend.

On top of the table: A simple handle-top box from Global Views, wrapped in ivory leather.

Becky states this box performs more than the role of cozy storage space.

“When people do their homes, they need to combine different shapes and layers of style to create movement and stop it,” she says.

Adding to that idea, the pair of Oakland Lamps from Wildwood Lamp Company on either side of the Dovetail Furniture Blum Sideboard’s top serves as a perfect example. The clean geometry, oatmeal-toned natural linen rectangle shade and antique-brass finish of the lamps provide a contrast to the rich chestnut stain and a definitive stopping point for the waving arabesque carved on the sideboard doors.

Becky feels like the undulating panels of the sideboard evoke a Byzantine feel, and two other pieces further contribute to the exotic undercurrent in the room. The classic tribal designs on the hand-knotted Lassen Park area carpet by Jaipur Rugs play across a scarlet foundation, accented by muted golds and greenish-blues. Also, though tucked away in the corner, the Made Goods Annika Stool strikes as an Art Deco claim from East Asia, with its zen-like simplicity wrapped in cool-gray faux-shagreen.

Last but not least, another accent nestled between the lamps on the sideboard: a surreal sculpture by Global Views called “Butterflies for Brains,” featuring hundreds of hand-applied iron butterflies bursting from a blackened bust, itself sprouting with an outstretched neck from a white marble base.

Becky loves this piece and believes accents like it can provide the final finishing touch to any space.

“It calls to Mother Nature,” Becky says. “It’s very organic, very quirky — it makes the room not so serious.”

Visit Furnitureland South today to discover inspirational vignettes like this in Furnitureland OnTrend, located on the first floor of the Mart Building.

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