This week the room-to-be-wrangled is all about modifying existing pieces with carefully selected items and accessories. Here’s Maria’s story:
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and I’ve liked the advice you have given others. So here’s my own design dilemma: my living room needs to be updated. I like the PB/West Elm style, and I like earth tones with silver accents including mirrors. In the picture, the things that I would like to keep are: the painting, the sofa, the loveseat and a rug which I’ve already purchased. I like the wall color but would like some coordinating tables (brown or black?) in the front and side of the sofa, and lamps. I also have this purple chair which I like, but I don’t necessarily want anything else that’s purple in the room. I hope you enjoy this challenge! -Maria
Maria has a good base to work with. It’s amazing how simply you can reinvent a space with a new color scheme and a few fabulous pieces. So without further adieu, we give you our latest mood board:
Here’s the mood board breakdown.
1. Our color palette incorporates the new dark wood tone that we’d like to bring into the room as well as the current wall color and two silvery blues that work with the whole “mirrored” look that Maria likes (plucked from her artwork above the couch).
2. This stately coffee table with two removable trays from coffeetablesgalore.com looks super chic while introducing that rich chocolate brown color into the space (and it’s marked down by over 100 bucks).
3. Two of these mirrored side tables from Target would look great on both sides of Maria’s couch to keep light bouncing around while adding a hint of glamour. They would even enhance the thin silver frame around her artwork. Each table is just $99 and never fails to receive rave reviews and from people on target.com.
4. Sometimes the devil is in the details, and exchanging the current bun feet on the couch and the loveseat as well as the birch legs of the purple chair with these dark toned, more updated mahogany versions will make all the difference. For just $7 a pop, they can completely transform a piece of furniture. And it only takes minutes to unscrew your current legs and switch them out.
5. This is the new rug that Maria already ordered, and we think it will work really well in the space. In a simple ivory tone, it will beautifully accent the coffee table’s stunning crossed frame while also working with the wood floors and the existing couches.
6. This collection of pillows from Crate & Barrel would look great on the sofa, love seat and purple chair. A wheat colored pillow would bring a neutral calm to the purple chair and compliment the existing wall color. And a few of the subdued aqua and silvery-gray silk pillows would add some mirror-like sheen to the couch and loveseat (and tie in the blues in the art while complimenting the icy purple-gray tones in the chair).
7. Two of these sleek and surprisingly affordable lamps would look great on the mirrored end tables that will flank the couch. The genius suede-like brown shades will visually connect the mirrored side tables to the deep chocolate coffee table to keep everything looking coordinated without appearing too matchy-matchy.
This layering of tones and shades that are balanced throughout the room is a fail-safe way to keep things elegant without appearing too random or overly repetitive. Some white accessories (like long breezy white curtains and a bowl of white ceramic artichokes) along with some mirrored accents on the coffee table (to connect it to the mirrored side tables) would be the icing on the cake. What do you guys think? Feel free to weigh in.
Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!