In this powder room update, distracting and dark wallpaper stops the show in a bad way. Years ago, wallpaper was often used to distract from the fact that everything else in the room was dull; while it was a common tactic, as this client’s bathroom shows, it was not always a successful solution. The overall effect is chaotic and noisy.
Wallpaper is back on-trend, so for this project, we updated with a beautiful and subtle tone-on-tone print by Thibaut. Then, we modified the vanity cabinet, painted it to match the the trim, and added a Corian countertop, with an under-mount sink and a brushed nickel widespread sink faucet – a little more upscale and a lot easier to keep clean. The pièce de résistance was the quatrefoil-shaped mirror made of bone mosaic. The turnaround in the space was dramatic, proving that even small projects can have a big impact.
Wicker furniture, famously, does not withstand the test of time. The reeds crack, and it’s hard to keep clean, even if it is easy on the eyes. In this room, the meager elements surrounding the wicker bed served to accentuate these furniture facts. Apart from the bed, this room was nearly a blank slate when we started, so we had a fun time redesigning it for the client.
Somerset Bay makes high-quality furniture that does withstand the test of time, so we selected a few pieces from their bamboo wood collection to make the space feel more permanent and sturdy. The full length curtains and coordinating bedding from Legacy Linens provided the color pallet, which adds to the stately effect. We used two different shades of the same hue on the walls and ceiling to provide depth and interest, and added a gray sisal area rug to pull it all together.
This small bedroom redesign needed a solution to its low ceiling, which was made to feel even lower by the downward effect of the wallpaper border. Since the room is small, placement of the main pieces was mostly dictated by the placement of its windows and doors, but there was still much that could be done to create a beautiful small bedroom here.
First step was to remove the wallpaper border. We used paint to lighten the space, and we selected a pale sky blue for the walls, and a warm vanilla white for the ceiling. We added a few small dimmable warm LED ceiling lights to add even more brightness. Using Somerset Bay furniture we created a traditional feeling that the owners wanted, and updated the art and softened the space with floral bedding and a bordered area rug.
We focused on the color of sunshine for this project and used the soothing tertiary color of green to accent the space. All of the walls and window trim were painted one color to give it a womb like feel and since the space was small, we used a simple upholstered headboard, and bed linens with a small patterned geometric pattern. And in a nod to their location, we used golden sea coral artwork on the walls.
This seaside cabana had everything it needed, and more, all done with a beach & nautical flair. It was actually too much, and was weighed down by the dark exposed ceiling. The feeling was that while it was fun for parties, over time, the room became cluttered and needed some skillful editing and updating.
Starting from the top, the easiest and most dramatic change to this space was modifying the ceiling to cover most of the beams, add some lighting and to paint the ceiling to a soft white (Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore). We removed the cluttered accessories and sparingly added a few organic pieces of coral and freeze dried florals. Then we grounded the space with a comfy rug and lightened it further with creamy, spa colored fabrics including Lexington Homes’ Barclay Butera collection and China Seas from Quadrille Fabrics.
This challenging narrow living room space looked a little too spartan to be comfortable, despite the cushy, large recliner that dominated the room. Keeping it was a requirement, since the client needed it as part of their back therapy. And while the large chair supported the client, the room itself did not. It needed more warmth and cohesiveness in order to to create a feeling of quiet sanctuary that one expects from a living room.
Working with the recliner and travel photos from the client’s trip to Thailand, we were able to create an environment that draws the eye from the floor’s denim blue rug, up to the window coverings and accessories that carried hues from the photographs on the wall, and finally to the exquisite hand-carved coffee table. The new space enables the client to relax much more comfortably, in a cocoon that reflects and supports them, and improves the overall quality of life in the house.
There are design rules for proportion and placement that skilled designers use to create the wow! factor. This 80’s contemporary room felt over-crowded and heavy despite the fact it faced a lovely ocean view. The sofa itself took up 1/3 more space than it should have for an easy space plan and traffic flow. The dark colors were strong against the light walls and made the space feel even smaller.
The team at Vavaroom softened the entire space with an appropriately sized sofa in beach tones which lent an organic feel and tied into the natural ocean view. Taking a color cue from the ocean, we used soft teals, blues and creams to give a spa-like feel to the living room and brought the outside in thus creating a huge new space. Framed abalone shells, coral embroidered pillows and sea grass wallpaper completed the ambiance.