Many homes with open space plans featuring the kitchen and family room in the back of the house, have living rooms that are often underutilized. That was the case for this home. Our client joked that their living room had become the sporting equipment room. But we saw a space that was full of beautiful light and lots of potential. It was the first room guests saw when entering the house and we wanted to make sure that it made a big impression.
Our goal was to totally reimagine the space into a peaceful adult lounge. The clients’ only requirements were to keep the painting, which was a family heirloom and have a place to store books and other family mementos.
For the palette, we knew that we wanted a neutral background, with some pattern, and burnt orange to connect to the walls in the dining room. We settled on taupe, navy and orange, with a mix of furnishings that conveyed a library meets lounge vibe, including a contemporary Chesterfield sofa, velvet barrel chairs and Shagreen-faced side tables.
A patterned sisal rug adds a casual feel, while keeping the symmetry. Dark moss bookcases frame the entrance; filling the otherwise “what do you do with them” corners, and provide lots of storage and a pretty view from the sofa.
For the final touches, we used a mix of materials – brass, glass, marble, leather, sisal and family-friendly linen & velvet.
The end result: A quiet place where our clients can escape to read or maybe have friends over for a glass of wine. The space is no longer an afterthought, it's now an actual destination.
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