Boston Common HouseEclectic Living Room, Boston
© Eric Roth Photography
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Play up neutrals. In this Boston home, chic contemporary pieces like the sofas, chaise and coffee table blend with the elaborate console table, gilded mirror and crystal chandelier. Calming neutrals on the wall and rug help tie it all together. Wall paint: Tapestry Beige by Benjamin Moore; trim paint: White Dove by Benjamin Moore; sofas: B&B Italia; chaise: Sinus, COR; coffee table: Ovo, from Arketipo; rug: Steven King Rugs
… and the pieces of furniture he would use. (I was going for exactly what he wanted: eclectic, warm and contemporary, with soft accents.) Because I was working in a furniture store, I had all the accessories — lamps, artwork, throws — set up in a room so he could instantly feel how the rooms would look. And throughout the process, I carefully repeated back to him the phrases he had used with me. He was very quiet as he listened and looked, which was a bit disconcerting because I try to “close” the sale as I go, rather than wait for affirmation at the end. But when I finished, he rather abruptly said that he had to think it over, and walked out.I was astounded and flummoxed. And peeved! After all, I had a 99 percent close rate on my presentations, and almost nobody left without buying at least a portion of what I presented.
For those of you who like the idea of a ceiling medallion but just want a light accent — because you have other amazing architectural detail in the room, such as this fireplace (and the mirror above it), or you just want to keep things simple — search for a filigreed medallion. Another consideration when purchasing a ceiling medallion is logistics. Most medallions come as either one piece or two (cut down the middle). One piece lets you avoid having to adhere the two halves together over your head. Two pieces work well when it’s a very large medallion or when removing the current lighting fixture is not a viable option. Once the medallion is installed with the proper adhesive, you’ll need to paint it to match your ceiling (or not, depending on your taste). The center of the medallion is usually cut open to accommodate the light fixture’s ceiling canopy. When purchasing a medallion, make sure the opening fits the canopy on your light.
So I am saying that mixing is a good thing, right? Absolutely — and not just in style. Consider mixing your metal finishes, too. This room, although done in a neutral palette, has great interest because of its mixed metals. The opulent gilded mirror over the mantel has a different finish than the equally ornate console, and the chandelier boasts yet another tone, as does the circular side table and the legs on the contemporary upholstered pieces. Try this exercise: In your mind's eye, change all those pieces to the same finish. Can you feel what happens to this room? So here's a good rule: Mix your metals.See how to mix metal finishes in the kitchen and bathroom.