Source: Amber Interiors
I have always talked about how doing a mix of styles for your home has more pros than cons, especially when you’re not living alone. This house got transformed into a fresh and Eclectic living space. But first, let’s look at the before (and it look like it could be anyone’s home) –
I’m sure it’s not the worst of all “before photos” but it’s leaning towards Traditional style (paint color and furniture) which clearly if this isn’t your style, you shouldn’t feel “forced” to live with it. And a lot of times, a new paint color can instantly make a room look better. While I’m at it, I might add that a change of window treatment does wonders too.
That armoire gotta go but don’t get me wrong, with the right styling, it can look great in a kitchen or bedroom adding a rustic/traditional touch. I can even see it working in a home office. But you gotta keep the rest of the room fresh enough to pull it off, it’s definitely not working magic here with the paint color and also the fact that in this Before photo, the room isn’t designed at all.
For some reasons, the room feels dark. The paint color, the choice of mid tone, dark furniture and the floor doesn’t bounce light around. White wall is never the universal solution (here’s why), you can do a dark paint color, but you gotta contrast with the soft furnishing (use reflective elements such as glass, metals). You see, if you paint your walls dark and have all dark wood furniture, it’s gonna absorb all the light and make your room feels dark.
A 100 times better (maybe more), isn’t it? The flooring is changed to a light wood tone, the warmth is still there but now it has become a neutral backdrop (instead of trying to buy furniture to work with orangey wood floors). White floors would have been too cold. Keeping things neutral (the walls, the floors) and add interest with a rug, arts and plants. That Persian rug, just perfect for the space, which is why rugs are VERY important especially more so in open concept living spaces, because it grounds an area. This home is bright and warm, the latter because of the use of natural materials; wood, rattan, stone (marble), leather, fur throws.
I am so jealous of such big entryway (I can never get this in an apartment, can I). Round mirrors; I’ve talked about it here, give me a big entryway like this and I shall overcome my fear. OK, enough of wishful thinking, the thing is, due to the size of this mirror, it acts more like an additional “window”, see how the natural light just bounces around from the actual windows? Always place mirror on wall that has something beautiful to reflect, there’s no point in trying to reflect a plain wall. Like I’ve said, you can’t reflect light when there’s none in the first place.
This living space now has so much character it tells a story of the people who lives there, which obviously must be hip and fun people. It isn’t trying to convey a theme, it’s showing a style. It’s like fashion, we dress a theme to a Halloween party, but we dress in style for our everyday. A home is livable and approachable when it has a style (style of the people who lives there). A theme can wow you once but surprisingly, you might find yourself not wanting to spend too much time at home, because frankly one simply do not live in an amusement park.
A well designed home inspires but also gives you a sense of peace. A themed home is one dimensional, everyone throws a party and then we wanna get out (moving to the next party/club). You should see your best self from your home, and so can others. Before you walk out of the door to conquer the world, get inspired by your own home and always feel comforted to return to this sanctuary that perfectly capture your needs (physically and spiritually). And of course, one must always include a “Get The Look” list for such inspiring spaces.
1. Teton Natural Solid Wood Accent Table // 2. Myrcella Sofa // 3. Penelope Accent Table // 4. Expat Lounge Chair // 5. Slab Marble Coffee Table // 6. Kragero Swing Arm Wall Light // 7. Artesia Rattan Serving Tray // 8. Skyline Art Photography // 9. Danish Retro Lounge Chair // 10. Abstract Art Prints // 11. Acacia Wood 40″ Mirror // 12. Vintage Dining Bench // 13. Persian Rug // 14. Dundee Floor Planter // 15. Icelandic Sheepskin Throw
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