Pick a beautiful piece of art. Let's use this one by Susan Skelley for our first example.
Now let's pick some fun pieces, based on our chosen piece of art. (A neutral sofa can always be a good anchor and if you move your art around later, the sofa will go with just about anything.)
Voilà! A comfortable, stylish room that will keep you inspired for years to come. (Or until you find another piece of art that HAS to go on the wall.)
Now, I am not sure why antiques have fallen out of favor but I think we all need to do our part to reduce, re-use and recycle, as the sage Jack Johnson tells us. The beautiful Sophia Dashwood, painted by Thomas Hickey, found on 1st Dibs, may absolutely tell us how to decorate a room. Here is a second example that mixes in a few antique and vintage pieces.
A leather sofa is timeless, the orange is punchy, the Portuguese cabinet is elegant as is the octagonal table. The rug brings in a vintage, colorful layer and the sconces are both sassy and traditional. It's not stuffy, but relaxed and it's not precious, but treasured. I think Lady Sophia could be very happy here!