Traditional Living Spaces Get a Contemporary Makeover
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Living RoomAfter: One of the first updates was to paint the walls a dark inky blue. “It immediately gave the space a contemporary feeling and enhanced the architectural details,” Madden says. Now the original windows, crown molding, existing built-ins and fireplace are highlighted against the navy walls. The homeowners use their wood-burning fireplace and worked closely with a tile installer to cover it with a matte marblelike porcelain tile that would easily wipe clean. The couple kept the existing white mantel; above it hangs a new contemporary brass statement mirror. “I had layered two mirrors to achieve that same kind of look, but this one I love so much,” Eleanor says. Wall paint: Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore; Olympia mirror: Arteriors; fireplace tile: Ceramic Tile Design; Quinn armchairs: Room & Board; Clairemont round Art Deco coffee table: Crate & Barrel How to Decorate a Living Room: 11 Designer Tips | Find a tile installer
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4. Blue Beauty Designer Rachel Madden says painting the walls Hale Navy, a bold shade of dark blue from Benjamin Moore, was the first design decision made for this San Francisco living room. “It immediately gave the space a contemporary feeling and enhanced the architectural details,” Madden says. Next, the designer covered the wood-burning fireplace in a matte marble-like porcelain tile that is easily wiped clean. The white marble surround and white custom built-ins that flank the fireplace create a sharp contrast against the dark blue walls.
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After: Lauren Siegel of Save My Seat in San Francisco’s Richmond District reupholstered their Room & Board sofa with a durable and stain-resistant Perennials performance fabric. “We picked an off-white fabric to add some contrast and lightness against the dark walls,” Madden says. “I used lots of pattern in the pillows to give the space more energy and interest, brightening things up even more.” New blue armchairs replaced the previous worn ones. Madden worked with Tonic Living in Canada to design custom curtains. “To save on cost, we chose an affordable white linen fabric and dressed it up with two different Schumacher trims on the edge,” the interior designer says. “This is a great trick when you are on a tight budget but want something a bit more unique than solid linen curtains.” A white woven pull-down shade from The Shade Store adds more privacy.