Tropical Mid-Century ModernTransitional Living Room, New Orleans
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3. Go big with a mural. It’s almost unbelievable how powerful a mural can be. A plain, austere space quickly becomes a wildly fantastic wonderland when you add a scene, as designer Maureen Stevens did in this tropical-meets-midcentury-modern space.Visually, this space is maximal, but in reality it’s actually quite minimal, with just a smattering of simple furnishings and a handful of accessories.
The furniture on the room’s dining side, including the white Saarinen Tulip table and bentwood dining chairs, speak to the home’s midcentury roots. “I wanted to preserve the look and feel of the house,” Stevens says. Metallic ring wall sconces and a gilded bubble chandelier from Etsy round out the retro theme while still feeling current.The homeowners knew they wanted to replace the room’s green shag carpet from the start, but they weren’t sure with what. “They just wanted the carpet out,” Stevens says. The designer looked to the mural’s tropical theme for inspiration, ultimately choosing a warm, earthy maple hardwood in a herringbone pattern that she felt evoked a somewhat tropical feeling. “We did explore encaustic tile options, but it would [have been] three times, if not four times, more expensive,” she says. Wood floors: Shadow Gray, Ambiance collection, Lauzon; light fixtures: The Light Factory