Tuscan-Style Living Room
An elegant Tuscan-inspired design by Kenneth Brown.
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Newlyweds Marjan and Jim both love Italy’s Tuscan landscape and want to bring a sense of that to their living room. Unfortunately, they can’t harmonize on the specifics including paint color and the degree of formality. Jim envisions a casual family room with white walls while Marjan imagines a formal living room surrounded by rich color. They turn to Kenneth Brown who, after considering both visions, creates a design plan that incorporates the rich colors and elegance that Marjan pictures, as well as the comfortable furniture that Jim wants.
Kenneth has to coax the couple into a few design decisions, specifically involving wall color and window treatments. Here's how he convinces them to see otherwise on those two issues, along with a few other tips:
- Dark wall color and light furniture creates a bright environment. When you use dark furniture in a white-walled room, the eye tends to gravitate toward the lightest area and away from the pieces in the room. By using a dark color on the walls and light-colored furnishings, your eye is trained on the elements in the space.
paint: hallway (Macadamia); dining room (Fired Brick) - Sherwin Williams (living room paint color is not available)
flooring - Westside Floors
accessories - Colburn Schwartz, Inc.
glass in cabinet - Designer Glass
furniture - Ken Johansson Fine Furniture
area rug - M. Mehraban Rug Gallery
silk dupioni drapery fabric (color: 255, style: 214C) - Libas Silk
side chair for desk (Sofia) - Civilization
ottoman (41" square ottoman in Saddlehorn Olive leather) - Richter
fireplace tiles (border: Sumari Limestone Malange Deco 6x6; Durango Ancient 8x16) - Walker Zanger
sofa fabric (6780 Manifest, color: Buck) - Pindler & Pindler
sofa pillow fabric (Lucca sateen/Walnut, Titania silk damask/Autumn Vine) - Calvin Fabrics
Student interior designer Sara Terrell helps Paul and Shelley Kukuk spruce up their bare and boring living room.