A while back, I hosted a custom mood board giveaway and lucky for me, Christina of Floridays Mom won. I say lucky for me because Christina’s chosen space was already boasting with potential. Also, she has a very clear sense of her design tastes so it made my job a whole lot easier. Here are a few views of her current space:
See, already a great space, right? Christina describes her tastes as traditional with modern touches citing her biggest issue as lighting. She wants to keep the major pieces as-is and is looking for ways to reupholster her ottoman. Keeping in mind her tastes and budgets, here is what I came up with:
- Wall mirror
- TV console
- Side buffet
Here are where my recommendations come in. Christina said she was open to repainting so I chose Benjamin Moore’s Alaskan Skies for all three walls. It’s warm and neutral and the whites of the curtains and entertainment unit will look intentional, crisp and modern against it.
For the window treatments, I would raise the curtains all the way to the ceiling and get dark bamboo blinds for the wall space above the window to create the appearance of a larger window. The dark wooden blinds will balance out the darkness of couches on the other side of the room. In that corner, I would add a potted tree in a woven basket. On the opposite side of the couch, I’d introduce a circular table and DIY a table skirt (great for hiding toys!). Above the table, I’d create a column of round baskets. Next to the table, I’d add a floor lamp. Bringing a lamp to a higher level will bring more light to the room. Having a floor lamp and tall plant flanking the couch will help draw the eye up which makes a space with high ceilings feel cozier.
For the ottoman, I would recover it in an outdoor fabric to keep it spill-proof. Solid prints are easier to work with (and not all reupholsters will take on patterns for this type of design) for projects like these especially when adding tufting and a skirt.
On the far back wall, I’d create a custom built in look building around the pre-existing TV console. Christina said it was the one piece of furniture she’d consider painting so this one gets a good dose of white. Above the media center, I’d add a row of plug-in wall lights. Again, the height will maximize the light.
On the far right wall with the side buffet, I’d swap out the four wood blocks for an over sized clock. As you can see with my suggestions of a rounded side table and round baskets, I think introducing some circular elements will help soften the room and balance out all the other square and rectangular shapes. I’d also add a pair of lamps (and velcro the bottoms to the table so their bump-proof) so create a triangle of light source for the room.
A new rug isn’t in the budget right now but Christina mentioned she might be interested if there was an affordable option available (and I know all about affordable rugs!). I like the warmth the current rug brings to the room but if I were to select a new one, going with Christina’s taste, I’d go for an updated classic like this large scale trellis rug. Then the room could allow for just about any accent color, such as the chartreuse shown here:
Thanks for the exercise, Christina! Hope you get a few ideas to apply to your living room.
Have you ever made a mood board for someone other than yourself? Do you find it easier to be objective or more challenging to put yourself in someone else’s shoes?