Any good baker knows that you’ve got to bake a cake before you ice it. I always say we have to start with a floor plan and space and scale planning then we can and the pillows, accessories, art, etc. So many people look at the icing first.
Lamps and art – If you have a pair of tables the same height , you can put a pair of matching lamps on them. If the tables are different heights, do two different lamps. It looks weird to see the same lamp too different heights.
Don’t do what I call a “Pittsburgh Postage Stamp” that would be a tiny area rug in front of a sofa that just large enough for the cocktail table sitting on it. An area rug should pull the room together not look like a small tropical island.