Sunday, February 10, 2013

Designing for the sexes

This is one of my favorite transformations. My client's items while comfortable were looking a little tired. They needed an update.

Here's where we began:

The burgundy and washed out rug were not doing any favors to the gorgeous cabinetry and black fireplace. We needed to add some drama. We needed contrast.

These clients really like the clean lines and masculine side of the mission style. But, we had to make it appropriate for the lady of the house too.

We grounded the space with a stunning black, tan, and red rug. It brought the fireplace into perspective. Then, we needed to add contrast with the sofa. We kept it a neutral cream shade to bring out the rug even more. The chairs were a clean and simple taupe leather with buttons to add texture. For the masculine edge we added a plaid on the ottoman and brought in a slightly feminine black and gold floral for pillows on the couch. The existing cream window treatments balance the cream sofa beautifully.

Can you believe how great the bookcases and fireplace look? It's cozy and inviting. Simply changing the color scheme and updating a few items made a huge difference.

To make this space even cozier, I would pull the sofa and chairs into the center about a foot on each side and center the ottoman with the fireplace.

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