Modern ZenBefore: Stark and Plain
Kristina and Steve recently bought this house because of its modern architecture and wonderful backyard. They love the openness of their living room, but want the space to be elegant enough for entertaining yet casual enough to be kid-friendly. While it's a large room, it's also very stark and plain. They want to bring some of the outside in with warm colors and a Zen influence.
By using the gorgeous backyard as the inspiration for the color palette and bringing in durable, yet colorful furniture, designer Kenneth Brown created the sophisticated and kid-friendly room the homeowners wanted. Adding contrasting colors to the existing built-in shelves created functionality as well as a stunning focal point.
TV CabinetAt the press of a button, the TV retracts into the cabinet allowing a view of the garden beyond.
Seating AreaA large coffee table with four ottomans tucked underneath is placed in the center of the seating area. The ottomans open up, providing a great place for the kids to stash their toys.
Kenneth's Tip: Fabrics should blend with each other, not match.
ShelvesCustom-made, chamfered (beveled edge) doors and pullout shelves are added to allow for maximum storage. The two-toned brown combination matches the color palette and makes a perfect backdrop to display memorabilia and books.
LightingSoft drapes frame the view of the gorgeous, Zen-like backyard.
Kenneth's Tip: Lighting at face level is more flattering.
FloorsA dark floor in a big room helps ground the space and makes the ceilings feel more elevated. A plush area rug anchors the seating area and is a soft place for the kids to sit and play.