What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. 1 pattern + 1 solidThis is a simple mix that can have a big impact. When using a strong pairing of opposite colours such as orange and blue, all you need for a backdrop is cream or white.
Invest in the right furniture piecesA sofa is going to stay with you for a long time, so get a good one. Even if you think you’ll have it just temporarily, it’ll end up moving from the living room to the family room to the basement to the college dorm. So don’t skimp. The same holds true for a dining table. I also think it’s worth investing in one good, super comfortable reading chair. Choose neutral upholstery, like white, taupe or grey, for your investment pieces.