Nothing is so instantly pleasing as looking at before-and-after photos. Today we’re talking about transforming a living and dining area so that the spaces flow into each other.
My client’s San Francisco Bay Area condo has good bones, with strong Craftsman lines and gorgeous built-ins. We wanted to highlight those, creating a masculine, comfortable, modern classic living room.
To increase circulation space and take advantage of the natural light streaming through those beautiful wood frame windows, I replaced the bright blue sofa with a sky-blue custom-made chaise lounge, and a sheepskin rug. Now it’s the perfect corner for a cup of coffee with a book, or just to daydream.
I used a mix of primary colors with neutrals to create interest and bring out warm tones in the wood, especially the fireplace. An oversized octagonal animal-hide footstool doubles as a surface for a tray of drinks. The deep blue rug is cozy underfoot, while a pair of leather club chairs makes room circulation a breeze, across from a red velvet sofa to enjoy the view.
Because the living room flows directly into the dining area, I continued the primary color palette and touchable fabrics, covering the dining chairs in a buttery yellow velvet, and the chair backs in a complementary pattern. We refrained from using any window dressings, to maximize light, views, and the Craftsman wood features. Now it’s both classy and comfortable when our gentleman wants to welcome guests, or just enjoy the spaces on his own.
Kimball Starr Interior Design transforms individual rooms or whole home spaces. Contact her today for a consultation!