A white trellis chair by Oscar de la Renta is paired with a glossy black ceramic stool in a corner of the living room.
Colorful Contrast: If you don't wish to paint (or rent a spaceyou cannot paint), contrast all-white walls with bright accents. In this living room bright blue curtains and patterned pillows prevent the open space from looking barren. Pairing light colors with dark furniture, such as the coffee and end tables, plays up the hue and grain of the pieces.
"I like to put the pattern on the floor and solids on the furniture," Phoebe Howard says.