In my recent survey, many of you said you would like to know what goes through my head when decorating a room. So I thought I would show you the decorating process for a modern traditional living room from beginning to end (with before and after photos–you said you liked those, too 🙂 Jacqueline and Zach, a young, successful couple in Los Angeles, wanted to furnish the living room in their new home in a casual but polished way. We needed new furniture as we used what they from their previous smaller home in other rooms, like the nursery.
The Process: Decorating A Modern Traditional Living Room
Accessing the Situation
First, look at the room empty on paper. Here are a couple of before photos.
- the room is long and narrow (see the step down making it even narrower) and two-story-high
- the paint, floor, and fireplace are good
- there will be two focal points from the front door: the mantel and the above far wall
- the fireplace is off-center in the room and there is a bay window that you can’t see
Create A Floor Plan and Mood Boards
I sent Jacqueline and Zach options that would fit nicely and here is where we ended up!
The Focal Points
We anchored the far wall with a console and large art. The console allows us to move the sofa closer to the fireplace.
I told them roughly the size of the art that we needed and they found this beauty! Art is so personal that I think it’s best chosen by the individuals…both the husband and wife need to love it. The piece is by Cheryl Humphreys called “Desert Pleasure.” It’s from LEditions.
Now we could center the new Noir coffee table on the fireplace.
Isn’t this a great tapered arm sofa from RH? The dark velvet color also anchors the far end of the room and draws you in.
Creating Seating In A Long Narrow Room
We put a neutral leather bench that you can sit on from either side.
Then, we stationed comfortable wing chairs on the other side in the bay window.
Performance fabric is on the chairs. Jacqueline and I have the same Walter G. lumbar pillows. Oh, this is important in my thought process…
I never recommend anything that I would not want in my own home.
Here you can see the full length of the room. We used a standard size 9′ x 12′ rug (we couldn’t go any wider)…but
all the front feet of the furniture fit on the rug.
The coastal art by Fred Mertz Photography. So pretty!
And see the handmade pottery on the coffee table? Zach created it. I love decorating with things that have meaning.
To recap Decorating Steps For A Modern Traditional Living Room.
- Access the focal point from the room’s entry.
- Draw a floor plan to determine the furniture scale.
- Create mood boards to narrow down client preferences and to see how furnishings work together.
- Incorporate client’s personal items.
Let me know if you have any questions!
This is a little video for Pinterest…
Next week, I will be showing their fresh and comfortable family room.
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