Tribeca PenthouseMidcentury Family Room, New York
Photo by Alice Gao
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10. Give your bookshelf a color boost. Transform bookshelves by covering the interiors with a wash of bright paint or wallpaper. Choose a rainbow effect or a single warm hue for an unexpected hit of color in your living room. Once the paint has completely dried, move books back in place and mix in artistic bookends, potted plants or other accessories to add diversity.
2. Claim a corner. If you can, designate a permanent corner for reading, listening to music or taking those first sips of coffee. Put a tiny table next to a cozy seat and add a great light source for an instant nook. Make it a weekly ritual to spend time there and limit your concentration to something cathartic like thumbing through new catalogs or listening to guided meditations. If your living space is small and a separate corner isn’t available, take a look at your bedroom to see whether an armless slipper chair might fit. Scaling down on a larger piece to make room for a chair in which to relax may be just what you need.
The shelves also have space for the TV and media equipment. A chaise provides a comfortable reading spot, with good light from overhead. “Our kids are pretty active, so we didn’t want anything to be too precious,” the architect says. Paint by Benjamin Moore, used throughout most of the home: Pale Oak (walls) and White Dove (trim); light fixture: Wo & We