Before: A Warm StartSam and Marie want to embrace the Spanish Mediterranean style of the rest of their house and bring it into their living room, along with Moroccan and modern influences, and they already have a great warm wall color. The decor and gold and burgundy colors are already warm and inviting, but host/designer David Bromstad recognizes that he can do a lot more with color. The couple doesn't like the tiled fireplace, which depicts a water wheel and covered walkway, but because it fits the Spanish style of the house, David advises covering but not destroying it for house resale considerations.
On his shopping trip to a fabric store, David spots some patterned fabric that serves as his inspiration for the entire room and as a graphic design for the walls. Browns, greens, umber and rust compose the color palette for this Mediterranean/Moroccan living room makeover.
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After: Full Mediterranean PotentialThe fireplace wall is transformed into a true feature wall with an updated facade that is sleek, modern and extends across the entire wall from the mantel down. It comes out 18 inches and has four cabinet doors. The wall behind the fireplace is painted a warm, soft olive green to complement the other golden walls. This great color makes the fireplace more of a feature wall. Striped canvasses on the arched feature wall bring gold and cream colors from other walls together on the olive feature wall. The area rug ties together the Mediterranean color palette. The homeowners are delighted with the transformation and remark that there seems to be twice as much furniture as before, yet the room seems twice as big.
Use an accent color in at least three different places in the room to keep your eye moving. In this room, there are white sheers on the window, white cove ceiling and white in the abstract painting opposite the window. So the eye moves up the window, across the ceiling and down the other wall.
paint: fireplace wall (2149-20 G.I Green), parchment walls with detail (2161-10 Coppertone, 2160-10 Caramel Corn, 2152-20 Medieval Gold), woodwork (2110-10 Taupe and Coppertone) — Benjamin Moore
Montebello glass jars (item #160853890, 160039994), Gartada pillar candle holders (item #142761321, 142761097, 142761944), Rutherford chocolate panels (item #042609479) — Z Gallerie
headmaster desk (item #YT248), Cuba dining chair (item #KC175), coffee table (item #WOTA) — Nadeau Imports
ivory voile sheers (item #2992724112), chocolate curtain rings (item #69247420151), Payton chocolate finials (item #69247420151), chocolate brackets (item #69247490204), round buff ottoman (item #87341690301) — Bed Bath and Beyond
Inspirational FabricDavid and color/design assistant Danielle Hirsch go shopping and are inspired by a Mediterranean-patterned gold fabric, with subtle accents in olive green, umber and rust. The Old World style scroll pattern is ideal for throw pillows.
Inspired by FabricUsing the Moroccan-style fabric that inspired the whole room design, Danielle enhances the existing wall color by transferring some of the scrolled patterns onto the wall with paint. She pencils grid sections on the wall before painting in the pattern. Then she paints the pattern freehand and goes back with a wet rag to blend in the colors for a subtle effect. Bromstad adds that it's good to keep color tones close together in decorative painting, even sheen on sheen (such as using a flat and semi-gloss together). Next, Danielle puts an antique parchment finish on top of the existing gold color for a traditional Spanish Mediterranean look. She achieves a gradation of color, from lighter to darker as she moves up to accentuate the white cove ceiling.
Color Without CommitmentTo add temporary color, David buys several glass apothecary jars, fills them with water and adds a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. The best part is that you can change your mind later and fill them with something else — just empty them and start over.
Moroccan Coffee TableClassic Moroccan flair is added to the room with this dark wood coffee table with glass top and ornate cut-outs. A green urn and white pillars reinforce the accent colors in other parts of the room.
Tying It All TogetherDavid's original abstract modern painting combines the Spanish Mediterranean colors with organic elements and a Moroccan vibe to bring together all the design elements. Are the organic circles wisteria blooms or grape clusters or something else? He leaves that up to interpretation.