I enjoy my role as Kate’s free decorator. These days we are looking at her living room and planning some changes. She is ready to trade in her previous jewel tones, dudely IKEA karlstad cover, and the chevron accents for a new color palette. Kate has a great eye for a fashionable trend, and that is awesome and really fun to keep up with. It makes for a space that gets to be updated often. Here are my suggestions for her new look.
The space as is…
I’ve listed out the problems above, but you can see that there is plenty to work with, and plenty to work around. The paint is not a bright white, which I’m coming to learn is really the key to success. I’m not sure that she’ll be hitting the paint bucket though, so we’ll work with what we have. I took immediately to sketching out some ideas.
I’m not sure if you recall Kate’s Bedroom Do-Over where we discovered the coral, cream and gold palette. Kate has since installed her Hygge & West wallpaper and is slowly collecting her coral elements. Since the room is visible from the living room, it made sense to me to pull in some of that coral color.
The yellow silk curtains are some leftovers from the Treehouse where we lived together and they still pack punch, so let’s keep them. By bringing in a more orangey BOLD play on coral, it can stand up to the bright yellow of the curtains and keep Kate in that trendy graphic wheelhouse that she enjoys. I chose a Peacock print by Trina Turk for Schumacher. I’m not sure if Kate will actually spring for the re-upholstery job in that particular fabric, but it would look great if she did!
My other strong suggestions for Kate’s space are to get rid of the donkey teal sideboard. That space is not very large, but I understand that she needs storage and a place to drop her keys. I KNOW that she will hate this suggestion of the shoe storage by ikea b/c it’s plastic and cheap looking… so I’ll be keeping my eye out for something similar in response to her rebuttal. Though, after second guessing it myself, I was still really into the functionality of a slim storage area that will nest beneath her window without getting in the way of the pretty curtain. It’s not about what it looks like, it’s about it hiding behind the curtains, but still being there for the function of containing her dog leash, keys, and walking shoes. It also leaves room for a pretty end table there – and if she gets a floor lamp nestled into the corner, there will be plenty of space to rest a book and a glass a two buck Chuck.
So, here’s what the suggestions look like as a collage.