Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Living Room Redo For Under $10,000

One of the best things in the world of Interior Design for me, is finding the new, innovative products just as they hit the market. I am always intrigued by classic designs redone in a more contemporary way. As promised, I will be using some of these "Fun Finds" to design virtual rooms to help inspire my readers. Today's virtual design is a living room done for under $10,000. The styling is classic but contemporary in a monochromatic color scheme. When styling a room I always try to stay away from the "matchy matchy" syndrome. Using matching sets of furniture isn't horrible, but tends to look like a furniture showroom. A room done in several different pieces that complement and coordinate, instead of matching will appear more custom and homey.

First we'll start with the walls. I decided to bring in some natural grasscloth to add some texture and a cozy feel to the room. This Arrowroot super fine wallpaper from wallpaper To Go is perfect.

Next we'll bring in our seating. This classic sofa from Room and Board is available in a variety of fabrics. I chose this linen color to act as one of the foundation pieces in the room.

Next we will add a couple of these chairs from Noir Trading. They also lend themselves to a classic design but done in a contemporary way. The outer back of the chair will remain in the solid fabric, but the inner back, inner arms and seat cushions will be done in the geometric linen fabric shown. This will give the chair a very custom and unique look.

Our next addition to the room are a couple of ottomans to add some more seating and function to the room. These brown and white cow hide ottomans from Arteriors are just perfect

We now have all our seating selected for the room. Next we'll bring in the area rug. Rugs are necessary in any room to help define a space, such as a seating/conversation area or to help with the acoustics in a room. They are especially necessary on hard surfaces like hardwood or tile floors. In some cases I will even recommend to my clients to place an area rug over wall to wall carpeting. When placing an area rug, make sure it is large enough so that all the seating is sitting on top of the rug....even just the front legs. This will make for a more pulled together feel and better flow. This beautiful rug from Safavieh is a great addition to the monochromatic color scheme we have going on
Next we'll bring in the occasional tables. We will bring in a cocktail table and two side tables. I am not a big fan of a matching set of tables. Instead we will choose three different styles with some common features that will allow them to complement each other and the space.

The cocktail table is from Noir Trading. The beautiful yet simple lines of this piece gives it a classic elegant feel with a global touch.
This side table from Arteriors is very different, but has a nature inspired feel. There's no mistaking that this is going to be a conversation starter in the room
 Next we'll bring in a set of nesting tables. These are great in any space because they can be moved around the room when needed for extra surfaces to place a drink or a good book. These simple pieces from Arteriors are just the ticket.

The room could also handle a console table for behind the sofa. We will introduce this gorgeous piece from Noir Trading
Now for some storage. These beautiful bookcases from Arteriors will add some height to the room while allowing for some much needed storage.

Now for some lighting. We'll bring in some table lamps and maybe a chandelier that will hang above the cocktail table. These lamps are from Arteriors and Trend Lighting.

Now for the textiles. We will be introducing our drapery fabric and pillows
This beautiful nature inspired silk from Kravet will be made into non-functional pinch pleat panels that will frame the windows and add warmth to the room. The nature inspired finial shown below is the perfect complement. 
Now for some pillows. Pillows are great for adding a homey comfortable feel to a room and a great way to break up the solid mass of the sofa color.

Now for some art from Paragon

And some accessories from Global Views

So there you have it; a beautiful functional room done on a small budget. Hope you are inspired to create the room of your dreams.

My top three Fun Finds for this week are:

A side table all blinged out

A lucite trunk
A cow hide mirror

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