I’m back with makeover (part 2) for one of my e-design projects and today’s post about creating a design concept for the living room. If you need refresher on the space layout you can find all details in my previous post.
So here is the moodboard of some items and ideas I pulled together to present the client when we got started.
- The vertical timber panels help to create a privacy screen between the living room and the entrance and allow the light to penetrate into the hallway.
- To add texture to this room I proposed to use brick slips (like in the client’s bedroom) as a finish for the TV wall.
- The room needed some black accents to balance out the huge black TV screen in the middle of the wall. So I used the same herringbone rug (black/natural) like in the kitchen just in a bigger size and the lovely Night Owl table lamp.
- Sofa on legs by &traditional is a great solution for such a small room as it gives the illusion of light and space.
- I used greenery, cushions and books to add some color to this neutral space.
On the side opposite the window we got wall niche for storage. I prepared some drawings with storage solutions for my client.
Option 1: an open shelving unit. Looks nice, but my client doesn’t have so much stuff that needs showing off, so we said ‘no’ to this option.
Option 2: a full floor-to-ceiling height cabinet. A close cabinet, such as this one, creates a calm space and has way more storage, but it would cut the living room and make it visually smaller. So in this case ‘no’ again.
But we choose this option for the entry hall as it’s a good solution for stowing coats, hats, bags, shoes and another seasonal accessories out of sight.
Option 3: a cabinet with sliding doors and wall-to-wall shelves. The unit offers storage and display space for decorative objects. But we decided that for such a small space is better to keep clutter to a minimum so the room feels orderly and calm.
We ended up with the option 4: a simple cabinet with sliding doors.
And in this case we got some blank wall space above the cabinet.
I proposed 2 options to fill out this empty space.
Option A: to hang over the cabinets 3 framed simple abstract prints.
Option B: to use just one piece of art, some books and decorative objects.
Neither me nor my client were sure wich option would work better. So I started with option A and made a couple of renders to understand how it was going to look.
But once this option was rendered we were more convinced that one beautiful piece of art will work much better than the several ones.
And again we were in a quandary because didn’t know if we should go for color or simple black and white. I chose a print that matches existing color scheme and some simple abstract prints and we tried both options.
Also my client asked me to take renders with brick finish on this wall. But you’ll see further down in the final renders that we decided to leave this wall just painted and use brick finish only on the wall with TV.
Here is the look with the Seated Figure print.
And here is with the Sasha by Sofia Bonati.
I would like to have your opinion in the comments section below on what print looks better in this room.
And here is the final result (click on images to enlarge).