Funky and Fun Living RoomTransitional Living Room, San Francisco

Dark gray tones are juxtaposed with bright shades of yellow, green, and orange in this funky and fun living room. Framed white windows emphasize the view while nature-inspired patterns and organic décor blur the lines between the indoors and out. A contemporary chandelier serves as a statement piece while a white mantel and stone fireplace create a strong focal point within the room.

Example of a transitional living room design in San Francisco with brown walls —  Houzz
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paleblonde wrote:Oct 14, 2012
  • Abeer Elk
    I love the colors ,
    I have a purple living room and i need to redecorate it and add some colors to it,, please advice ..
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    karen paul interiors
    Something to ponder for color mix, drapery fabric, wall color, etc.
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Corinne Bussey wrote:Feb 1, 2014
  • meador4
    It's called the Hutton
  • lindseylulu00
    It looks more like the Hutton than the Reese.
nvbrowne wrote:Jan 28, 2014
  • Brilynn Cahill
    I love this light but I think it is too big for my living room. We only have 8 foot ceilings. What is the ceiling height in this room?
  • printesa
    I don't see any problem if your room is just 8' tall. The chandelier is not that big,,32" diameter. It depends on the size of your room. I'm sure that the fixture can be adjusted
mstaples wrote:Aug 4, 2013
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    The color is Silhouette af-655 Benjamin Moore and I love it!
  • yatchmd
    Thanks much. I'll check it out.
milmor wrote:May 10, 2014
patsday27 wrote:Feb 26, 2014
  • phillipscj5
    what is the wall color? I love it. do tou think it would work with a wood trim?
  • millasan

    mushroom grey - dark

sandnmytoez wrote:Jul 18, 2013
  • jiangmeidesign
    It looks like you have a traditional dining set. If that's the case, I'd suggest more navy blue in the paint than the grey to compliment the style of the dining set. It has three windows and should have enough natural light.
  • sandnmytoez
    Thanks for taking time! I will always love this room and am still inspired by her color! We recently did my son's room in Silhouette too and he thinks it's the coolest in our home! Here's where we ended up ... The chairs were actually an earlier design mishap we made work here and the map mimics the lovely window in Ann Lowengart's infamous design. Our room is an inviting and functional office space that always gets compliments! So fun! I appreciate your interest!
Robinson Odubunmi wrote:Jun 12, 2013
  • lsjanner
    Nice room. My family room is very similar. Do you know what kind of greenery is in the white vases? Is that real?
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Green poppy pods purchased from the SF Flower Mart.
jcarroll_t4 wrote:Jan 25, 2013
mamtamotwani wrote:Mar 13, 2014
  • Debbie Hase
    Karen, that is exactly where I am. Trying to step outside the little decorating box of neutrals, cremes, khakis-and really do something different! Good luck and bravery to us both. ;)
  • millasan

    u go girls!! Colors make us happier! I did my kid bedroom grey and platimum and turned out amazing!!

cynderowe wrote:Dec 9, 2013
elaine110 wrote:Feb 23, 2013
courterback wrote:Feb 15, 2013
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hi, sorry, we purchased these pillows about 2 years ago at retail. Stock is changed fairly frequently so it's not likely that they are still available.
  • Carlene Whitlow Hurt
    What color is wall paint please
Tierra Bryant wrote:Dec 30, 2012
souhaalameddine wrote:Nov 13, 2012
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    That's the x-bench in Ireland Avocado from Jonathan Adler (
    Jonathan Adler X-bench, Ireland Avocado · More Info
    ) Retail $595
  • sossityf

    Anything similar you've come across for a bit less maybe? ;)

Allison Thompson wrote:May 9, 2014
  • K Han

    is this a special finish on the walls, or just a high gloss paint?

  • wwdw

    can you provide information on where I can purchase rug?

uharmon685 wrote:Sep 14, 2013
  • gene_hong
    What color/fabric is the cole chair from room and board? Thx!
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hello, the fabric color of the Cole chair is charcoal boucle.
Cindy Fenwick wrote:Jul 6, 2013
  • jobinox
    Can we see the rest of the house kitchen...etc
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Our firm only did the space shown for this family and do not have pictures of the rest of the home.
vschesnuk wrote:May 26, 2013
cat13ivey wrote:May 19, 2013
  • lwiggins
    Ann, Can I ask what color and mfg. the brown paint is? I live in Houston and I recently purchased a new home. When I was searching I visited a home with dark brown paint in the dining room. Unfortunately, the owner didn't remember the paint color. I finally purchased a home and I am looking for a dark brown paint. Thanks so much and it's a beautiful room. I hope this is okay to ask.........Thanks for the inspiration! Deborah
pneapple wrote:Apr 4, 2013
mariateresarita wrote:Dec 31, 2012
  • Monica Amaya
    how much it is?
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    If you'd like to purchase, contact my assistant at and we can help you purchase it. Cost is approximately $1,425 + shipping + sales tax.
mjgideas wrote:Oct 16, 2012
  • lowerydi
    Ann, I look in Room and Board and could not find the sofa. Can you give me the style of the sofa?
  • sandnmytoez
    Hutton Sofa and Cole Chair
Emma Wade wrote:Dec 6, 2015
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors

    I think "Transitional" would be the best word to describe the style. Hope that's helpful!

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    Ann Blanco

    Love this room! My great room is large so the walls might be too dark but I love the pop of green. Any ideas?

celinatice wrote:Feb 20, 2015
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    Toronto Condo Staging and Design Inc.
    If you took away the coloured accents in this room it would be drab as the way to create warmth is colour and texture.
    Look at places like West Elm for great accents that are easily coordinated thanks to their easy to match colour system. Think of underoos for grownup. ;0).

    I've attached pictures of a similar look I did for clients. DB
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors

    Hello! We are finally getting to go through our questions- so sorry we didn't respond to you sooner. I recommend adding accessories in your favorite colors. Have fun with pillows in solids and patterns. Stores like CB2 have lots of great colorful pieces you can play around with.

Zeynep Cooke wrote:Aug 26, 2014
stoltzr wrote:Aug 13, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hello - sorry, the trim was painted before we took on the project.
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    Harrison-Chapman Interiors
    The color on the trim in this room is very similar to White Dove by Ben Moore.
berniece wrote:Apr 10, 2014
Jennifer Graham wrote:Jun 23, 2013
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Please contact our office if you are in need of site-specific decorating work and we'd be happy to help you.
  • Claudette Richard
    My living room is off the kitchen, I have a med grey sofa, my cupboard are dark ,dark brown, the island is cream color, what color on my kitchen wallms and what colour on my living room walls, my wood work is all white.?
rogerghost wrote:Apr 19, 2013
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  • rogerghost
    Thanks for the reply, I ended up getting misty surf for my kitchen and the other half of my living room. Attached is the picture for my motivation. Thanks.
tunsmama wrote:Mar 11, 2013
Abby Zimmerman Bilinsky wrote:Feb 25, 2013
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    This was installed before my time but similar to B2J from Beronio Lumber is SF.
  • PRO
    i like your design but u give me design .drawing room
shelleyyager wrote:Feb 8, 2013
Melissa wrote:Oct 18, 2012
  • amyjwam
    Rug is from Room and Board
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Yes, the area rug was purchased from Room and Board!
Christy Biel Design wrote:Oct 17, 2012
mcgrew1024 wrote:Apr 16, 2016
Tiara Bucci wrote:Jan 31, 2016
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors

    Thanks for the question. I would call this space transitional. I hope that's helpful.

Brenda Brua wrote:Apr 9, 2015
lindseylulu00 wrote:Dec 5, 2014
Malvina Weiss wrote:Nov 24, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hello. The wall color is Silhouette af-655 Benjamin Moore. The trim was already painted when we took on the project.
melindamfinch wrote:Sep 19, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hi Melinda, thank you for your question. This was stock fabric from Room & Board.
roverromp wrote:Aug 11, 2014
linstx wrote:Jul 29, 2014
Matt Alevy wrote:Jun 25, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hello. Sorry, we do not know the color. It was a custom mix stain by Tree Lovers in San Francisco.
bella_disney wrote:Jun 19, 2014
picket1 wrote:Jun 16, 2014
Deividas Ramanauskas wrote:Jun 12, 2014
Carlene Whitlow Hurt wrote:May 17, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hi! It should be a warm mushroom grey when dry. Make sure it's well mixed and try painting it out on something. The paint in the can can look very different than it does when dry.
pucca_ wrote:May 10, 2014
jfw1lliams wrote:May 7, 2014
courts50 wrote:Feb 5, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    I believe you're asking about the end table? That came from Crate & Barrel. The gorgeous pots belong to the stylist!
danielandcynthia wrote:Feb 4, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    If you need guidance in choosing a darker paint color for your particular space, we highly recommend you contact a local interior designer and schedule a consultation. It's difficult to make recommendations without seeing the actual room. Good luck!
Corinne Bussey wrote:Feb 2, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Both items are from Crate & Barrel. I believe that end table is ceramic.
emilystt wrote:Jan 3, 2014
maxsampson wrote:Jan 2, 2014
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hi. The trim was actually painted before we started the job so I don't know. I'd try Benjamin Moore 925 for a similar look. Thanks.
gene_hong wrote:Oct 26, 2013
Charlene Lundell wrote:Oct 21, 2013
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors

    Hi! I think this room would be great for a second floor space. Thanks!

janicearrowsmith wrote:Apr 21, 2013
jddcamp wrote:Mar 14, 2013
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    If you'd like to purchase, contact my assistant at and we can help you purchase it. Cost is approximately $1,425 + shipping + sales tax.
eastora wrote:Jan 31, 2013
bcurtis wrote:Jan 2, 2013
pinklotus wrote:Dec 30, 2012
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    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    It's red oak stained with "coffee" color - the floor was installed in 2005.
cherieallen wrote:Dec 30, 2012
eavhwilson wrote:Dec 8, 2012
  • PRO
    Ann Lowengart Interiors
    Hello, the lamp was purchased from West Elm and vases from Ikea.
sky9jessie wrote:Nov 21, 2012
sain5464 wrote:Mar 8, 2018

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Kimberly Collins Jermain added this to 6 Strategies for Making Color Work for YouFeb 22, 2015

    This living room design allows us to forget the structure of the sofa while still providing a warm seating area with a view.

    Fred Albert added this to The Case for In-Between ColorsAug 19, 2013

    There's enough black in this brown (Benjamin Moore's Silhouette) to make it feel totally fresh. And what a great backdrop for the chartreuse accents!

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    Amy added this to Kitchen2 days ago

    Color of the floor: coffee stain, red oak flooring

    Bill Raucci added this to Bertie and Drew3 days ago

    color and hue of wall color...white moldings punch of bight color no window treatments ..just lots of light

    kerrycoyne added this to Living Room5 days ago

    Similar color tone - coffee table and accent color + furniture ideas.

    Sascha Mowrey added this to Living and Dining Rooms6 days ago

    Sofa and one (or more?) winged chairs

    HU-101903017 added this to webuser_101903017's ideas6 days ago

    Color dark and lime, but also imagining if blue accent tho could be too dark

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