The other day, I shared the details on how I gave my 10-year old sofa's a brand new life (if you missed it, click here). One of the things I love most about my recently made-over furniture is the neutral fabric. It allows me to create different looks in the space by swapping out just a few accessories. Below are the pieces I brought in to create a fun summertime living room...
I curated a look that is simple and bold by using pared down, large scale items with striking patterns and sharp contrast. Fresh greens and natural texture were incorporated to soften the color scheme and keep it from appearing harsh.
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In addition freshening up the room with new accessories, I re-arranged the furniture to create a more open feel. I flipped one of our sofa's around and placed it in front of the fireplace to open up floor space and create an more convenient traffic pattern. This is a great example of throwing design rules out the window. Blocking the fireplace with a sofa could be considered a big design no-no.
The tall black mantle behind the crisp white sofa creates a striking focal point. Moving the sofa to this position gives the kids more floor space for board games and matchbox car races while they are home for the summer. Although it may be considered a no-no, blocking the fireplace with the sofa functions well for us and I like the way it looks. To me that is what good design is all about.
We rarely use our fireplace during the summer months so having it turned off and blocked by furniture for a few months is not an issue. Should we decide to have a fire one night, I can easily slide the sofa back around to it's usual location.
The wall color; Martha Stewart Coir (an old recipe that has been discounted) is a nice neutral. It is a gray-based green which compliments just about any accent color. If you follow this blog, you know that I like to switch things up with the seasons. Using a nice neutral paint colors allows me to do this easily.
This bookshelf in the corner of our living room is where I have a little fun with different accent colors. This colorful display (inspired by my son's artwork) is not only a bright, whimsical accent in our room, but it is also very convenient for summer time entertaining.
Our summer time living room is all about fun. Lots of room for playing, ready for a party, bright color and bold pattern.
Have you ever intentionally committed a design no-no in your home? Please feel free to share in the comments below or on my facebook page. I'd love to hear about it!
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