Living Room Redo: From Lackluster to Serene Tropical Retreat
A nondescript family room receives a tropical transformation from the Design on a Dime decorating team.
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The lackluster living area is redesigned into a family-friendly space with a serene tropical theme — here's how the design team makes it happen:
The walls are painted a soft shade of green that is reminiscent of bamboo.
Family photos are displayed in theme-appropriate frames, while woven place mats are used to adorn the walls in the dining space.
A jute rug is used to anchor the main living area and two new rattan armchairs sit nearby for additional seating when needed. Accessories such as woven baskets and native Filipino wall hangings are the finishing touches.
The sofa and loveseat are brought into the design with new tropical-themed slipcovers. Pillows in green fabric add a splash of color. Snijders augments two furniture pieces to make them look like a matched set. He disguises a Mission-style coffee table with split bamboo on the outside of the rails and rattan thatching on the inside
A pine entertainment center is given the same look by attaching rattan to the doors and sides; the unfinished edges are trimmed out with split rattan. A coat of stain helps to unify the piece.
Summer adds island flair to her custom muslin Roman shades by finishing them with bamboo rods on the pleats.
Charles creates two custom lamps to fit with the tropical theme. He drills holes into two wood blocks and wraps each with rope for a textural effect. He threads the base with a cord and attaches a lamp kit to the top. Seagrass strips are the finishing detail on both the base and shade.
Furniture - $385
- pine entertainment center: yard sale
- Mission-style coffee table: Valley Furniture, Inc.
- wicker chairs: yard sale
Accessories - $349
- bamboo picture frames: Aaron Brothers - #0000727412 / color: Plum
- centerpiece: Out of Asia - Zalou Boat
- jute area rug: IKEA
- lampshade: Target - #074080555
- slipcovers: Target - #067040386
- woven place mats: Goodwill
Lighting - $115
- lamp kit: Anawalt Lumber - 66FG D.Fir S4S
Window treatments - $106
Paint and supplies - $38
- paint: Benjamin Moore, color: Central Park / #431-2B
Project Total - $993
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