Play. Put a funky lamp on a pedigreed table. Modern, colorful pillows on a Victorian velvet settee. Or a cover a beanbag chair in richly colored Thai silk in a room of a more formal wooden furniture. Alter the spirit of a room with a surprise, a jolt.
Vidicom CEO Christy Ferer says what do you do if you want to use your grandparent's old breakfront, you're deeply attached to an old spindle chair that got you through school, you've bought a lot of upholstered pieces during one uncontrollable spending spree online . . . and your living room's ended up looking a little grannyesque? Modernize it with a glass coffee table and some sleep wrought-iron accessories and lamps.
On the other hand, maybe you've out-sleeked yourself with too many minimal parsons tables, leather chairs, and slick surfaces? She recommends to try messing things up a little. Add heat and punch with pillows in warm colors, throws, a pair of ornate lamp fixtures, or a console in gilt woodwork.