Color: My clients were over it! They had reached a point of despair with their NEW home not living to it’s full potential. For starters, the color was all wrong. For the main living area, this sectional was suffering from the 3D’s. Drab, dull and dreary. Although the wife more so than the husband, they both enjoy vibrant colors. Needless to say, they had just about had it with the 3D’s when they gave me a call.
BEFORE: Sectional and existing furniture from a previous home
Furniture: The position of the sectional mentally blocked off the connection between the kitchen area and the family room. One of the key selling points in a house like this is the open floor plan so we wanted to enhance that feature as much as possible which meant using pieces with more flexibility in arrangement.
BEFORE: All walls were void of color and character.
Windows: The two story windows were screaming for some TLC and both homeowners were in agreement that floor to ceiling drapes were the way to go. This was a chance to bring more color into the room and create a cozy cocoon for everyday living .
BEFORE: Four sets of windows were in desperate need of dressing.
Details: The focal wall already housed the TV, fireplace and built-in shelving unit; yet, it lacked the features to make it a dynamic focal wall worthy of attention.
BEFORE: Focal wall
As you see a simple sketch of how it could look with a few minor changes convinced the homeowners to add a natural textured wallpaper and some additional trim molding to integrate it seamlessly with the existing molding on the bookcase and fireplace mantel and legs.
TRANSITION: Wallpaper installation freshly completed
Walls: The walls have been painted a soft green tint in P&L Appaloosa which satisfied the cooler tones the husband enjoys. The wallpaper is in a blue/green sea grass that as you will see later, picks up the main color in the window treatment.
AFTER: View from the kitchen. Now that's a FOCAL POINT!!!
Lighting: From the kitchen there are two focal points. The immediate one is the table behind the sofa that has three purposes. It’s a room divider, a decorative element concealing the back of the sofa with beautiful yet affordable accouterments and it’s also a place to position lamps for reading and soft mood lighting.
Because there was just one big florescent light over the island in the kitchen, we had it removed and several can lights installed to provide a softer more evenly distributed set of lights throughout the room.
AFTER: Carpet is by Flor!
Flooring: The carpet, by Flor, was super easy to design and install. It added a modern touch with out too much geometry.
AFTER: To fill an extra large wall, I painted an over-sized abstract design on 2 large canvases that were then placed side by side.
Creating our own art for this project resolved three dilemmas: Finding the right colors, finding something within the clients budget and finding a way to transport such a large piece to their home. You could look in magazines, books and even fabric for inspiration. Abstract images are very easy to freehand. Pay a visit to a craft store such as Michael’s and AC Moore and pick up the appropriate acrylic colors, any brushes you will need and stretched canvases already on the frame. I like the frames with more depth for a more professional look.
After I painted the design I sent an image to the client to get some input and we both agreed it needed more depth to define the image.
More color was added and a photo of the image was emailed to the clients. I framed the border in a a dark bronze metallic paint.
The clients were satisfied with the colors at this point. Before I delivered the paintings a few more touches were added and my clients agreed, for me not to be an artist it looked very artistic. If I can do it anyone can.
Final painting delivered and ready for mounting.
The installer attached both pieces before it was mounted and with a little finagling it was up and ready to enjoy!
AFTER: Family photos were edited and are now purposefully displayed upstairs.
Mentions: I had the carpenter add some picture frame molding on the stair way wall also. Now the attention to family photos is assigned to one area only which is on both ends of the hallway upstairs.
I hope you have enjoyed watching this room unfold into something beautiful! I know the clients are so into every minute they spend in their living room and kitchen. If you have a before and after I would be glad to post and share with my viewers so we all can enjoy it.