I’m really excited to share this makeover with you today! The homeowner is a prolific artist who has lots of beautiful paintings and amazing antiques gathered from many of the different countries she and her husband have lived in over the last 40+ years.
However, she had grown tired of the look of her living room/dining room combination and needed a fresh perspective. The walls were a goldy-yellow color and the accent colors were primarily red and off-white. Here’s the way the space looked when I arrived for the consultation.
The sectional seemed awkward in the space, and the homeowner was ready to let it go for something new. During the consultation, we decided on that new paint and a new sofa were the most important changes to be made. Because she had so many interesting and history-laden pieces, I wanted to use most of what she already had so that the room would still feel familiar, only better. I must tell you, she wasn’t sold on the paint scheme right away. In fact, she contacted me a couple of weeks later concerned that it wouldn’t work with what she had and might read too cold and gray. Fortunately, she bit the bullet and went with my recommendations afterall.
Ok, here’s the conversation area before the makeover. Notice the bookcase on the left – I’m going to repurpose that, as you will see.
Living Room Before
We didn’t want a completely neutral wall color and wanted to keep things light, so I chose a gray-green for the walls and a darker greeny-blue on the ceiling. I knew this backdrop would make the wood tones richer and the off-whites and red punch out.
Living Room After
The new sofa is a better size for the space. One of the basic tenets of my design is symmetry. The homeowner has several matching bookcase/shelf units, previously used side-by-side in this room. I pulled out a few shelves and used them to bookend the sofa and hold these fabulous vintage brass lamps. I then pulled the pair of end tables to take the place of the predictable rectangular coffee table, and I LOVE the way it looks!
Living Room by The Decorologist
Let’s check out the “before” again from the other side of the room.
Living Room/Dining Room Before
The finished room looks pulled-together, sophisticated, and inviting. I think the new colors really help the beautiful wood sing. See if you agree:
Living Room/Dining Room After
The one thing that still needs to change is the light fixture – it does nothing for this room! This is what I am suggesting to replace it:
The Asian art was begging to be grouped rather than be scattered on the wall.
I guess it’s the symmetry-junkie in me. I just had to line them up – I think they make a bolder statement when grouped tightly together.
Here’s the best part: my client and her husband both love the results! And I love how my client’s art stands out against the new wall color.
There is NOTHING I love more than giving new life to tired interiors. Sometimes it just takes some paint and a fresh perspective on how to put it all together!