A living room should be bright, cheerful, and a place where you can… well, live.
Erika Gallagher, IDS, co-owner of Plum + Crimson Fine Interior Design, details the process how they take the dark and dreary and letting the cheerful in:
“The client is in Slingerlands. They are a couple of empty nesters and were looking to update the living room and make it into a more comfortable room that they would be more inclined to use. They have very traditional, classic, formal tastes and didn’t want to lose that, but really need the room to function for them better with more comfortable seating for reading, and gathering with friends and family after dinner in the dining room.
“They also wanted it to flow better with the rest of the house. The adjacent dining room and foyer had yellows and greens, so the living room’s mauve, black, and seafoam were too many varied colors.—interrupting the flow.
“We changed the scale of the furniture to fit the room better. The more generous sized, softer seating added comfort. The base color was light and neutral, but I added Pops of yellow and green to keep the colors consistent with what was happening in the neighboring rooms. The coffee table, and end table were traded out for a brighter version of “traditional”. We kept their classic wing chair and reupholstered it in a color that was more consistent with the new color palette. It’s always nice to be able to repurpose a piece of furniture that has great bones and graceful lines. The homeowner also appreciated that we were able to hang on to something from his original living room. It’s not easy to let go of furniture that is in perfectly good condition. ( That could be a whole other topic)
“For window treatments, we changed to traditional swags and cascades to the cleaner line of long drapery panels. The light colored drapes keep the room light and bright while highlighting the 9 foot ceiling height.
“More contemporary art and lamps add a little interest to the traditional décor.”
Note: Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design is a sponsor of The Daily Planet Arthur. They will be detailing the processes of other transformations of rooms, and sometimes entire houses, about once a month. They are located at 5 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs. Phone them at 518-306-5283, or visit their website here