Before and After: Funky, Eclectic Living Room Redesign
A living room goes from lifeless to luxurious with paint, fabric and funky accessories.
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Heather Santoro's mismatched furniture and colorless walls were in need of a more funky style to match her personality.
Before the makeover the decorating issues in this home included a lack of proper workspace, inefficient lighting, a collection of mismatched furniture and a need for additional window treatments.
Snijders discusses his Moulin Rouge meets funky coffeehouse design ideas with Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge, which include lush textured fabrics for the windows and walls, new lighting and more room for Santoro to work. They choose a wine color for the walls and divide up the projects. Baltzer will create a funky French-inspired chandelier while Burbridge will be responsible for Santoro's workspace.
The design team transforms the lifeless space into a funky, eclectic room — here's how they do it:
- The room is immediately brought to life with a rich purple paint color on the walls.
- Baltzer shops for chandelier inspiration and finds a French-inspired piece that shimmers with crystals. Since it's out of the budget, she hits the garage-sale scene and nabs a brass chandelier for $5. She tones down the finish and adds glass beads to create the luxurious look of the inspiration piece.
- Burbridge purchases a desk from a home store and adds visual interest with a gold stencil treatment on the top and gold fringe hot-glued to the edges.
- The windows are dressed up with yards of red velvet trimmed with gold fringe, white sheets and a dramatic valance constructed by Burbridge. He creates the valance out of 1x6 planking and secures the pieces with small metal L-brackets. He paints the face of the valance the same color as the walls and then paints the edges with gold paint. He further enhances the piece with a stencil and faux ruby jewels.
- Snijders creates his own artwork using frames and mirrors. He gathers an assortment of frames and faux finishes some with gold and black paint. He adds mirror pieces to the back and then attaches the frames to each other to create two three-dimensional art pieces.
- The team brings Santoro's furniture back into the space and angles the arrangement in one corner to make more room for her workspace. New throw pillows in deeply saturated hues help bring a cohesive look to the grouping.
- Two new side table lamps with black shades and Baltzer's chandelier in the corner add the necessary lighting.
Fabrics - $372 Furniture - $166 Lumber and supplies - $135 Lighting - $135 Accessories - $133 Paint and supplies - $59
Furniture - $166
Lumber and supplies - $135
Lighting - $135
Accessories - $133
Paint and supplies - $59
Project Total - $1,000
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