I recently received an e-mail from a reader, in search of some new design ideas! She was looking for some changes to her living room and den, to match the gorgeous dining room remodel she recently finished. There is more on her inspiration image and dining room furniture here. I continue this week with the living room design. As I stated in my last post, she was looking for beach inspired colors, along with pops of color in the furniture and accessories. Here is a snapshot of her living room now:
I love the wood floors and all the room’s natural light from the big window! Behind this photo is the entry into the house, with a staircase and doorways leading into the dining room and kitchen. I completed the entry’s design here. Across the wall of windows are double doors leading into a den. With all of the rooms exposed in some way, she was looking for a better flow with color and furniture selections. Here is what she was looking for in this room: she wanted to keep the existing tv cabinet, lighten up the walls with a blue/gray/white color and add colorful furniture and accessories. With a toddler in the house, she was not looking for a coffee table at this time. So, here’s what I came up with!
I tried to keep the room’s overall look light and airy, by suggesting the walls and baseboards be painted Paper White (1590) in an eggshell finish by benjamin moore. (Which is the design board’s background color!) On the tv cabinet wall, I suggest painting two, wide horizontal stripes in Sterling (1591), the next darker color on the swatch. These stripes will be in a semi gloss finish and give the wall some added interest and depth. (This wall is opposite the chain link stenciled wall I spoke about here.) On this wall, I also suggest she purchase two large, rectangular mosaic mirrors and hang on either side of the tv cabinet. (This is on the bottom right of the design board.) With a toddler, I wouldn’t suggest she lean the mirrors against the wood floors at this time. I suggest she purchase the same chenille/jute rug as in the entry, but in a 5×8. It’s a soft and durable material on little feet! The main seating in the space will be this comfortable sofa in a flax color. This sofa is smaller than her existing sectional and will help with ease of flow in the space. The chic, affordable pillows on the sofa will add pops of color to the space. In front of the sofa is this beautiful ikat ottoman, which is a great alternative to a coffee table. On the ottoman is a sturdy tray, for placing sippy cups! When it’s naptime and the adults have free reign of the space, this beautiful vase can be out for show, while also incorporating a pop of color. Flanking either side of the sofa will be two of these floor lamps. They can be placed about 6 inches behind the sofa on either side, to keep out of child reach. On either side of the couch, she can purchase 2 natural wood side tables at a great price! The chosen drapery for this room is a pretty floral, which ties the inspiration colors together. She has 8 ft. ceilings, so I suggest she purchase this drapery in 96in. and hang to the ceiling. It draws your eye up, giving the illusion of a bigger space. To add extra depth to the window, I suggest she also hang woven shades onto the window casing. Since these shades come with long cords, I suggest always securing the cords out of reach of children. The clock is a fun accessory and can be hung to the right of the door leading into the kitchen. (Not seen in the living room photo above.) The sailboat pillow is a nod to the beach inspired theme in the space, and is a great deal! I suggest she purchase 2 wing back chairs and place opposite the couch, a couple feet in front of the double doors leading to the den. To me, this style of chair is reminiscent of coastal inspired living! The pillow on the chair brings a pop of color into the space. In between these chairs, I suggest this fun side table in a shiny green finish. It can easily be moved out of the way when not in use, but also have safe, rounded curves when in place. So there you have it! My interpretation of beach inspired living with pops of color for fun!
Check back later this week, as we move on to the den!
If you would like some design ideas for your home, e-mail me at [email protected]. I would love to work with you!