Modern Style for Classic Rooms

In Design Star 3, for their second challenge, the eight remaining designers tackled four identical living rooms in a historic Nashville mansion. With 26 hours and a $5,000 budget, they had to make their space stand out.

  • By limiting the color palette to grays, blacks and whites with a powerful hint of red, Matt and Michael demonstrate that making fewer and bigger statements is a smart way to dramatically transform a space in a limited amount of time.
  • The white mantel creates a severe contrast to the black walls, making the beautiful, pre-existing architectural details of the room very prominent.
  • Trish and D. Paul tame the bright paint that dominated their room before and streamline the overdone drapery, however the room is too bland and needs to showcase more of their design talent.
  • An unexpected color pairing with the traditional furniture chosen or mixing in less traditional furniture with this classic paint color would have given the room much-needed visual interest.
  • By minimizing contrast, between their wall and trim paint colors and keeping their furnishings light and airy, Mikey V. and Stephanie put a modern spin on a very staid and classic space.
  • Instead of building on their great start by selecting a few purposeful accessories, Mikey V. and Stephanie infuse mismatched, small-scale accessories that detract from the great bone structure of their room.
  • Tracee and Jennifer attempt to include a variety of furnishings in their space, but come up short because they can not find a way to pull all of the elements together with a central color, fabric, wood tone or idea.
  • The tall and dramatic ceilings in the space are diminished because Tracee and Jennifer fail to hang drapery all the way to the ceiling line, leaving them short and stumpy in appearance.
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