Before: Great Space, No StyleThose mismatched college dorm days are coming to an end for these four roommates. They need a room that is creative, energetic and entertaining at the end of the workday. With a whole new furniture set and a custom design makeover, the Design on a Dime team transforms this room from hodge-podge to Hollywood glam, with Asian tones.
The room's architecture is amazing; the mismatched furniture is not. These four roommates use this shared space to relax after their workdays, so they want a place where they can all be comfortable. They also have many friends they'd like to be able to offer a seat. Ideally they want a living room with enough seating for 15 to 20 people.
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After: Seating and Glam for AllTaking a cue from the Asian style of the permanent window treatments, designer Kristan Cunningham combines elements for an eclectic glamour with Asian tones. The rich, warm wall color makes the space feel more intimate while still being compatible with the bright, sunny room. She creates a comfortable center in the room with a large coffee table surrounded by the new matching couches. Separate seating areas have been added in the bay window and other areas of the room. These provide space to curl up with a book or for guests while entertaining.
Paint and supplies – $65
- paint (Behr Paint matched to Benjamin Moore colors Raspberry Parfait 2172-40, Basic Black) – The Home Depot
Sconces and panels – $150
- sconces, capiz shell chandelier – Cost Plus World Market
- wallpaper (164733, Core Fsc Autumn) – Lowe's
- 1/2 round moulding (Pine Half Round 3/8") – Stock Building Supply
Window treatments – $75
- sheer curtains (068032990) – Target
Furniture set – $300
- sofa set – Craigslist
Bench – $65
- bench fabric – Jo-Ann Stores
Coffee table – $80
Accent tables – $85
- table for decoupage – Salvation Army
- shellac (31-114, Zinsser Orange Amber Shellac) – Mann Brothers
Canvas art – $74
- canvases and paint – Blick Art Materials
Lighting and accessories – $105
- mirror and vase – Marshalls
- pillows (067441335) – Target
- floor lamp base and rug – Ikea
Total – $999
Accent TableDesign coordinator David Sheinkopf augments a table he picked up from the thrift store for only $10. Using decoupage, he covers the table with pieces of Asian newspapers. A random application of amber shellac gives the paper an aged look. With simple materials, he transforms a basic table into an accent piece for the room's design.
Benchmark of StyleFollowing the lines of the window screens, David builds a bench that provides more seating and complements the decor. Benches can be simple or ornate in design and can be extremely versatile pieces in any room. Enclosing or building shelving into the base of a bench can also provide extra storage.
Coordinated Coffee TableDesign coordinator Spencer Anderson demonstrates the features that will serve as a worktable and coffee table. When closed, the table can be used as a coffee table or work surface. Slide the top back to reveal storage compartments for the remotes and laptops. This will surely keep the clutter down and help the roommates maintain the glamorous appearance of their living room.
Dramatic LightingTo break up the long wall, Kristan installs sconces as features throughout the room. Using a strip of textured wallpaper and some wood trim makes more of an impact in a large room. For a glamorous, sparkling touch, Kristan adds capiz shells from a chandelier to embellish basic sconces she found on the cheap.
Graphic Wall ArtSimple, yet sophisticated canvases coordinate the patterns and colors in the room. Based on the graphic elements of the window treatments, the wall art also balances the large bay windows on the opposite side of the room.