My clients Shruti and Gaurav had a busy schedule and lots of friends that stay over, so this living room design was based on making it beautiful and economical for Shruti and Gaurav while making it fun, lively, and comfortable for their friends. When I was done with the design, the stacks of 12 x 12 canvas photos that were still in their original box when I 1st met them finally found the perfect spot on the wall. Do you love the fireplace wall? Before the transformation, it was completely white and had NO mantle. Can you image it? Very plain. Find out how the mantle was added, how we saved money using paint, how my SHORT design to-do-list (just 8 things added to list) made a HUGE difference, and get the scoop on how accent walls were created . . .
THE LIVING ROOM TO-DO-LIST
(ECONOMICAL + ELEGANT)
- (to fireplace wall) stencil the wall with green paint wall – use Moroccan trellis design
- (to fireplace wall) construct + mount + stain a wood fireplace mantle ledge to hold decorative items
- (to sofa) add colorful pillows to the current sofa
- (to wide bland white wall) divide it using blue paint on the left side and a 3 panel photographic art on the right side
- add ceiling light fixture
- replace current TV stand with a more decorative one
- create a bar / snack area + style it
- style the fireplace
Everything else the client had and wanted to keep (sofa, round coffee table, black leather ottoman seating). Which is great bec we save money on not having to replace these items. Oh, the living room opened into the dining space and kitchen. So I had to make sure the colors flowed beautifully.
STEPS FOR THE DINING ROOM
- Added colorful tablecloth from India (pop of beautiful design)
- Replaced their chrome finish chandelier with new ones
- relocated their small accessories (made them more visual)
The accent walls in the dining room were the windows with their beautiful view! We simply removed the old chandelier, and replaced them with these modern clear globe that are more proportional to the size of the dining table.
Oh, and we didn’t just toss the old chandelier away, we relocated it to their hallway, which I also designed for them. Here is the post showing the chandelier’s new home.
STEPS FOR THE FIREPLACE ACCENT WALL:
- With 1 gorgeous stencil paint the top part of the wall
- Construct a 5 sided box shelf / ledge from wood planks that are cut to size with a decorative molding at the top
- Mount the ledge to the wall using anchors
- Caulk the sides of the box shelf for a seamless finish
- Stain the wood (showing the beautiful wood grain!)
- Invite friends and family over to show them what you made
THE ‘AFTER’ PHOTO
HOW WE SAVED MONEY
The old TV stand was awesomely reused! I loved the open shelf and came up with the idea of using the shelves to add cups, plates, wine glasses, etc. So, we turned the old TV stand into a snack and bar cart.
The painted walls were in great shape (yaay!). So, we saved money by not painting all the walls. Instead we simply painted accent walls ‘with a purpose’ of visual dividedness (wow’ness!).
STEPS TO BEAUTiFY ACCENT WALLS ECONOMICALLY
(PAINT ACCENT WALLS)
- we used green paint to accent (and divide) the VERY TALL fireplace wall
- we used blue paint to accent (and divide) the VERY WIDE wall behind the sofa
Oh, did I mention the blue paint is a DRY ERASE paint?
Yep they could DRAW + WRITE on the wall with a white marker. Yep, total coolness. Who says we can’t draw on the walls? NOT ME! Their friends constantly leave them sweet messages and cool fun drawings. When I visited the apartment to take photos of the design completion, my face couldn’t stop grinning when I saw all the lovely messages and drawings they friends had left them.
The purpose of the blue wall, apart from being cool + usable, is that it divided the wide wall. The blue paint color was inspired by the oceanic 3 panel art …. which was inspired by all the 12×12 canvas photos that the client had.
I got up on a ladder to take this photo for you so you can see how beautifully 1 wall transitions into the adjacent wall. I hope this design brought inspiration to your mind and smile into your heart. Below are a few more photos showing different perspectives of the room walls.
OLD TV STAND USED AS A BAR SNACK TABLE