Before: IncompleteHomeowners Anita and Jack Hsu bought a new, modern-style sectional sofa for their living room –– then the decorating stopped. The couple has a lot of things they want to incorporate into the room, but don’t know how to go about doing it. Lucky for them, designer Angelo Surmelis and the 24 Hour Design team have a plan that will turn their half-finished living room into a warm and inviting social space.
The homeowners favor modern design, but they live in a house that is more aligned with traditional architecture.
After: Design HarmonyDesigner Angelo Surmelis chose transitional style because it marries both the traditional and modern elements. Transitional style is all about clean lines, warm lighting, minimal accessories and a lot of neutral colors in the background to make things in the foreground pop. The palette relies on a lack of color to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere. The paler of the two wall colors is also painted on the ceiling to make the room feel larger. The already-existing crown molding over the fireplace is continued around the room to create balance throughout the space.
ICI paint colors used:
Limestone (lighter color) and Stone Brown (darker color)
Products from Ikea:
coffee table, Liatorp
Products from Target:
Products from West Elm:
Products from Z Gallerie:
vases and bowls
Before: Too WhiteThe white sectional almost gets lost against the plain, off-white wall.
After: Cozy Seating AreaTexture and color are brought in through the accessories –– pillows, throws, vases, rug, picture frames, candles and pottery. The new seating arrangement brings focus to the fireplace , which was used as the design’s inspiration for color and texture. Design assistant Wanda Colón helped the homeowners create a large, colorful art project to hang on the wall opposite the windows. The three-piece canvas artwork creates a perfect counter balance to the beautiful view outside.