Sitting Room FaceliftFeb 13, 2013
Every room redesign does not have to be extravagant. With this project, I had a very tight budget and I had to work with the existing paint color and flooring. The existing paint color was a dark brown and the room had very little natural light. The challenge here was to make the room feel cozy BUT also bring in some additional light at the same time. The absolute first thing I did was to recommend that my client get rid of that huge “old-man” reclining sofa! EEEEWWWWWWW…I hate those chunky things! Since the walls were already dark, I did not want to get dark furniture. So I intentionally avoided any wooden and/or wood stain finished furniture pieces because they seem to make small spaces feel more “heavy”. The color palette that I chose was turquoise and white to accent the chocolate brown walls. I found this AWESOME turquoise sofa from Z Gallerie and the IKEA TV stand is in a hi-gloss white finish. The TV stand is sleek and sits low to the ground, which is great because it doesn’t take up much room and the biggest plus is that it provides hidden storage. Both pieces are bright in color, which lightens up the space. Also, since I wanted to include that final touch of cozy to the space, I added a white shag area rug…and nothing says “cozy” like shag does! And this was the “good” shag, not that cheap stuff you get at Walmart. It was so soft that I kind of wanted to take a break from working and lay down on it for a quick cat nap! LOL Some folks question whether or not to put an area rug on top of wall to wall carpet. It’s not my 1st choice…if I had MY way there would be hardwood EVERYWHERE! But, if you are going to put an area rug over carpet, make sure that the textures & color are different in order to get that contrast, so that you avoid the area rug blending in with the carpet and ultimately looking like a disaster!