Another thing that's very important to consider for a country living room is the color of the wall behind the mantle. If you have a smaller fireplace that seems a little bit too modern then just try going with more of a country paint color such as a rustic brown or a natural looking green. Then you can hang a forest print over the fireplace for more of a natural feeling. This can also work well in small spaces because it's almost going to mimic a window but you'll always have a perfect view.
The color palate of the room is another helpful tool to blend different living room ideas. Even if the décor dramatically contrasts in concept, you can get away with it if the colors blend. If you are determined to have your sports fan décor in your wife's traditional living room, color mediation is a solution. You could tone down the bright colors of a Lakers helmet by using a vintage display case. You could also print pictures in black and white or sepia prints to intertwine the two themes.
Having said that if you do have the money to purchase some new furniture then that is a lot more fun. It is important to set a budget though prior to looking as you know what it is like when you are out shopping and you get carried away with what you see.
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