BeforeShannon and Matthew Mundelius spent their honeymoon in Tuscany and are hoping to bring that warm Mediterranean style and feel into their living room. Using some Italian salt and pepper shakers that the homeowners show him for inspiration, Bromstad uses sun-drenched colors and rustic textures to make this living room reminiscent of the Italian countryside.
The homeowners would like to replace the window treatments that came with the house and the old furniture. Neither really seems to fit in the room. As for creating a new style theme, the homeowners want the colors and feel of Tuscany for a warm, homey atmosphere.
AfterColor assistant Danielle Hirsch creates texture on the walls with a rag technique. The result is typical of an Italian villa. The middle stripe is actually not the middle hue: Bromstad makes that color the most intense color because he wants to keep the eye at that level in the room.
And even though the new sectional couch fills the room, its neutral color doesn't overwhelm the space. Bromstad also likes to use bookcases behind couches that are centrally located in a room. They double as console tables and get the shelving off the walls. They're very functional storage: hidden but accessible.
Before: FireplaceThey can be fit into any style of room from modern to rustic. With this particular fireplace, Bromstad wants to make it the centerpiece of the room.
After: FireplaceHe carves the new wood mantel with a box cutter for an aged look. Hirsch uses a quick-drying joint compound for the look of plaster above the mantel. After she primes the surface, she paints the area with the same technique she uses on the walls for a stucco feel. This hearth is the heart of the design.
paint: bottom band (1054 Sherwood Tan), middle band (1071 Fairmont Gold), top band (1056 Edgewood Rocks) – Benjamin Moore
wasabi vase (item# 564500140, item # 564555462), red laquer vase (item # 120432098), dellaroca vase (item# 564579791), wooden spheres (item# 160810953, item# 160810992), fortune vase (item# 120743963, item# 120743607), olive branches (item# 551209236), steamliner coffee table (item# 011009595)– Z Gallerie
barley twist floor lamp (item# 8536922), bedside lamp (item# 8536963), drum shades (item# 8938599, item# 8938623), curtain rods (item# 7697094 – Discontinued) – Pottery Barn
toss pillows (item# 067082903) – Target
law bookcase (item# 1CA013B) – Nadeau
Tuscan AccessoriesBromstad accessorizes the room with earthen vases that have an Italian aesthetic. He uses the vases to bring the green accent color into the room. When arranging a grouping of vases, pay attention to the way the shapes work together and to the larger composition within the room. Bromstad pairs a taller rectangular vase with a shorter rounded vase. He also triangulates the accent color through the arrangement of the three green vases on the hearth to create movement and visual balance.
Flooring and SeatingBromstad uses the rug to define the central space that the couches occupy in the room. He also completes the implied square of the couch with an over-sized ottoman; the leather cushion can be removed to access the beautiful wood coffee table. To be sure furniture will fit in the room, use a sheet of graph paper with each box representing one square foot to map out the dimensions of the room and the size of the furnishings.