I am so excited to share this family room’s Before & After because this client happens to be a dear friend of mine AND this design project was completed remotely! Want to know more about getting design expertise delivered straight to your inbox? Keep reading!
This couple recently purchased their gorgeous home in a picturesque Connecticut suburb. After moving in and getting settled, they decided that their family room walls needed some extra love. This space is where the family ends up spending so much of its time and in my friend’s words, was feeling pretty “blah.” She noted on her Instagram account:
“I knew this room needed some love, but had no idea where to start. Lauren was amazing at helping me find and select pieces that worked with the room and each other.”
Like so many of my clients, my friend is a busy mom. She didn’t have time to source new pieces of art for her family room. Additionally, she wanted my expertise to determine the right size artwork for several spaces within the room.
A Standout Vaulted Ceiling
The family room’s vaulted ceiling is a stunning feature of the home. With its modern take on exposed beams and use of industrial-chic overhead lighting, the space has a cool loft feeling. The airiness of the open ceiling is warmed and grounded by amazing dark wood flooring. The result? The space ends up feeling spacious and cozy at the same time.
Along the perimeter of the room, however, the ceiling meets the walls at a lower point due to the pitch. To balance this perspective, I wanted to emphasize a more defined horizontal line that would lead the eye deep into this spacious area. After an initial consultation, I presented my friend with several options based on her interior design style. She chose three modern fine art prints by the Connecticut based artist Julia Contacessi.
According to the artist’s website, “Julia Contacessi explains her process of creating modern abstract art as a combination of conscious and subconscious exploration. With a focus on color, texture and composition, Julia strives to delivers an atmospheric, feel-good effect in every one of her pieces.” Translation? Her work is both modern and tranquil. This is the work you want to hang if you want the room to say, “Come on in and relax.”
Creating a Focal Point (that’s Not the TV)
The second area that we wanted to focus on in the family room is the wall space between their television and the opening that leads down to the home’s office and playroom. Due to the placement of the couch, the family spends a good amount of time facing what had been a previously blank wall. The space here is big enough that it definitely needed a design focal point: a strong enough piece that could hold its own when the television is on, but also draw the eye away from the television when the screen is off. That piece turned out to be Indigo Mountains, a fine art print offered through the on-line art collective, Society6. This modern mountain landscape, with its pleasing gradient color scheme, is the perfect complement to Julia Contacessi’s dreamy abstractions.
Wall Design Expertise Delivered Straight to Your Inbox
Through photographs sent via e-mail, I was able to help my friend from afar. I gave her multiple options that could work in each space and went over the selections that she was most drawn to. The Goal? She could make the ultimate selection with confidence, knowing that each of the pieces would look fantastic in her space. This project was so much fun to work on and most importantly, the clients are thrilled with the results!
“She’s based in DC, but helped me out remotely. If you are looking for help choosing or hanging art, I can’t recommend her expertise enough!”
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