Retro Red, Black and White Family Room
Funky fabrics, fiery red window treatments and a sparkling silver fireplace surround transform a space stuck in the ’60s.
Stand-up comic Ava and rapper Dave recently bought the home of their dreams, a 1960s-style bungalow, but the old-fashioned mint-green living room was definitely not their speed. It's the first space you see when you enter the house, and the couple were desperate to bring it up to date. So I gathered my crew and got started on designing a space as creative as Ava and Dave are.
The two performers enjoy a bit of drama, so I decided to give the room some retro glitz and glam — Rat Pack with a modern edge. I kicked things off by trading in the green walls for something more neutral and swapping out the old carpeting for some new wide-plank flooring.
I chose an ultra-cool color scheme of retro black, cool white and fiery red, with a large dose of sparkly silver. I selected a fantastic black and red koi-inspired fabric as the jumping-off point and used it on a few chairs and pillows. I then put hot-red silk drapes on the windows, cool black patent leather on a club chair, warm red upholstery on a large sofa, and a black and white caviar-inspired fabric on a comfy chaise longue.
Next I tackled the focal point of the room: the huge fireplace. I gave the existing unit a complete face-lift by covering the old brick hearth and mantel with glittering ebony quartz. For extra bling, I covered the surround with silver-dollar-size stainless-steel tiles that add a real Vegas vibe. I then painted the wall adjacent to the fireplace in horizontal silver and pearl stripes for some added sheen.
Above the fireplace, I built out the wall for a new flat-screen television and installed speakers in the ceiling where they'll barely be noticed.
For extra drama, I installed some over-the-top lighting. In addition to traditional recessed lighting in the ceiling, I put up two sparkly crystal sconces over the fireplace and some lights at the sides of the fireplace that will shine horizontally onto the striped wall.
As a high-tech finishing touch, I installed a total-room lighting-control system; it comes with a wall-mounted control panel that will set the mood for any lighting scene our couple require-all with the touch of a button or wireless remote.