The brief was to create an elegant, sophisticated living room that could be used for relaxing as well as entertaining. The clients, Caroline and Paul, requested that seating for eight was needed, and a large TV,DVD and audio equipment had to be hidden when not in use. They wanted to keep the curtains as these were quite new, but change the flooring. They also wanted to cut down on the clutter, but still retain a cosy atmosphere with displays of family photos and treasured possessions. They love traditional “Arts and Crafts” style so I wanted to reflect that in the choice of sofas, furniture and accessories.
Both Caroline and Paul like bold colours and pattern so I suggested a predominantly blue/green colour scheme to pick out the blues and greens in the curtains, with aubergine and gold as accent colours. (The inspiration for aubergine came from a beautiful Art Nouveau vase belonging to Caroline.)
This large “Knole” sofa in deep blue velvet with scatter cushions in blue and green adds glamour, with its wood finials and tassels at the back, holding the arms in place.
New fireplace & tiles in yellow and green brings the original yellow stained glass windows into the scheme. Mantelpiece is cleared of clutter and bespoke unit to the right hides the TV. An abstract oil painting in blues and greens adds a contemporary touch to an otherwise traditional scheme and forms the focal point of the room.
A modern sofa in pale green linen provides additional seating and existing paintings were re-mounted and framed in matching frames.