LIVING ROOM DESIGN BOARD
At the beginning of the year, I was asked to put together a living room mood board for my dream space. This is never an easy task, because I have a hard time making design decisions for myself. My style changes constantly, my head is filled with ideas, and there are just too many options. I work well within restraints, and normally my selections would also be influenced by the overall style of the building’s architecture.
I started with the artwork which is a landscape by one of my favorite photographers, Alex Strohl, and it dictated the color scheme for the rest of the room. His work feels mysterious and always incites wanderlust when I look at them. I would love to get my hands on a print, but they sell out quickly.
The imaginary room is a mix of dark teal, blues, and a few accent colors. Normally I would have a hard time committing to a colored sofa, but in my imaginary space, no problem. Below are a few images that utilize some of the same colors. Just to give you an idea of another direction the space could have gone.
I’ve been on a copper kick lately, and would love any excuse to buy the copper pendants below. Install them en masse at varying heights, and I would be a happy girl. Same goes for books, the more the better. Also, I will have a rolling library ladder at some point in my life. That’s a promise. Nothing would bring me greater joy than having so many books that they are only accessible by climbing.
I originally wanted to add a burl wood coffee table, but the orange tone of the wood was a little too close to the copper. So I needed a lighter color, but still with some texture. The driftwood base to this coffee table is rough and adds interest to the simple shapes of the other furniture. The concrete top of the side table was also another way to bring in a different texture and add a little masculinity to the space.
Throw pillows are a great way to add a missing element to your room. A color, pattern, or texture that will help to balance the space is easy to find on a pillow cover. I used them to pull in some of the brighter colors from the rug and print to the sofa, and to incorporate a global element. The pillow covers below are made from textiles woven or dyed using traditional methods or patterns.
After completing the board, I discovered that my dream room is still very practical. I selected things I like right now. Some are a little expensive, but nothing was over the top. I don’t dream about owning a $20,000 chandelier so it wasn’t in the mix.
Since I’m moving around so much it will be a while before I can create this ideal living room, so if you are on the hunt for a colorful look for you space, feel free to steal.