June 21, 2011

Living room design

If you like the feel of the living areas I featured in the last post, here's a little room design for bringing the same look into your own home.  While the drawing rooms I posted about last time are beautiful, they are also situated in 100- to 300-year-old houses, so I've tried to update the concept to still be appropriate for those of us who live in newer construction homes and apartments.

My starting point for this plan was the ivory/gold antique rug.  It's pretty big (8' x 12'), so it would be the dominant pattern in the room.  I pulled most of the other room colors from the rug, including a soft green and some darker purples and reds.  The sofa is slipcovered in a brown and cream outdoor fabric, which adds to the informal look and makes it practical for everyday use.  The sofa table is an antique, but the lamps are new.  I would hang two or three Moorish lanterns along the length of the room rather than having one central ceiling fixture.  I added a couple green ceramic pieces to balance out all the brown and ivory tones.  The Farrow & Ball paint color ("Setting Plaster") provides a soft, pretty color for the backdrop and has a more historical feel to it.

Antique rug - eBay
Antique mahogany sofa table - eBay
Hollis sofa and slipcover in "Canopy Stripe Brown and Sand" - Ballard Designs
"Camille" celadon table lamp - Ralph Lauren by Circa Lighting
Morris hanging lanterns - Circa Lighting
Wall color - "Setting Plaster" by Farrow & Ball
"Marissa" ceramic footed bowl - Pottery Barn
Collection of 19 Rudyard Kipling works - eBay

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