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Ways to lighten and modernize traditional living room

Hi, We have a brown leather couch that works great for our kids and casual living. But we have also inherited a beautiful oriental style rug, and several dark furniture pieces that make the room more formal than I would like. We bought some Ikea (bentwood) chairs to bring in some modern. I think now we need lamps and styling to finish it all up. Can you guys help? In the pics I"m uploading there is a red floral chair- it is now being recovered in navy, tone on tone like a herringbone. Thinking blue/cream pillows on the couch and blue/black/cream bolsters or pillows on the two bentwood chairs. But deco on the mantel? lamps? How can we lighten up and make the room

more modern?

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