LIVING ROOM DESIGN
Lets take a peek at a simple, laid-back living room with mid-century vibes. The shell of the room is a small low ceilinged space right off the entry at the client’s lakehouse. It’s a place they go to relax so I wanted it to be calm, restrained, and cozy. Nothing risky or earth shattering in terms of design, but an easy to achieve look that would be suitable for most lifestyles.
Before digging into the design, here are few of the images that sparked my imagination in pulling together the space. They all have a mix of blue, gray, warm wood, and the overall feeling I was trying to achieve. The wall finishes in the top two are especially great. The whole scheme reminds me of this farmhouse design I did a few months ago.
The small entry is outfitted with the necessary gear to greet visitors: key, bag, and shoe drop off, and the wall is covered in whitewashed shipboard siding to give it that coastal feel. The living room seating includes a simple convertible sofa to accommodate extra guests, and an armless chair with a funky driftwood table. The suspended chair is a favorite piece that is perfect for the relaxed environment. Using a non-traditional chair like this is not something I'm able to do often, so if I get the chance (like a vacation home) I jump at it. I love the graphic simplicity of the striped rug, and it’s one I use in a lot of projects. It’s my version of the natural sisal or jute rug. Subtle enough but with a little interest.
Since the narrow space doesn’t allow for a coffee table the nesting side tables give some flexibility, along with the ottoman at the entry. A brass surface mount light fixture is centered in the room with an arcing lamp for task lighting over the sofa. I think the need for good looking flush mounts is finally being met. It was a struggle for a while, but I’m starting to see less "boob lights" and more good looking alternatives. Lucky ceilings.
Even though it's a simple scheme, I really like the overall aesthetic of the room. It just feels comfortable and unfussy to me, probably because I recently finished a super dramatic and moody space. This is a quiet room where my brain can rest and recharge from the gilt, black, and tufting.