brown velvet armchair in a living room
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Select smart pieces. Don't get carried away by matching all your furniture to your artwork however. A chocolate velvet library chair offers a neutral accent. Its details, such as exposed wood arms and legs as well as a tufted back, give the room even more character.

TIP: An accent fabric can really complete a room. However, avoid the matching syndrome. Your furniture pieces should coordinate -- but not look as if they came in a set.

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