MOVING FROM DRAB TO FAB
Frumpy and oversized hand-me-down
furniture and blank walls made
this den feel cavernous, unfinished
and void of personality.
SUZANNE’S TOP 10 TIPS FOR A
1. Go bold with colour
Painting the walls a bright hue added
strong personality. The intensity of the
lawn-green makes it cosy; the colour is
set off by crisp white trim and midnight
blue on the inside of the bookcases.
6. Minimize the office
A harvest-style table visually lightens
the office nook, allowing the window
to become the focal point. Mixing in
an iconic modern Eames chair keeps
the overall look fresh.
Photography by Angus Fergusson/Photographs courtesy of HGTV’s Style Dept.
2. Vary the scale
Replacing the overstuffed armchair with
a smaller side chair opened up the main
grouping. A leather club chair on the
other side completes the arrangement
and plays up the study look. The round
vintage teak coffee table increases flow
and introduces an eclectic vibe.
7. Bring in soft texture
A soft silk fringe on the sofa, textural
tone-on-tone carpet, and velvet and
printed-cotton pillows warm the space.
The office area was
afforded an inspiring
view from the bay
window and had a
pair of striking gold
sconces, but felt
neglected and ad hoc
with no storage and
zero style. A Gothic-style chandelier was
hung too high and
the barren white
walls were in dire
need of artwork.
3. Update key pieces
A sofa with elegant lines and brass
nailhead detailing is better suited to
the room than the one there before.
8. Rethink art
Contemporary artwork rejuvenates
the aesthetic. Hanging frames on
the bookcase is a traditional library
approach to displaying art.
4. Anchor a wall with bookcases
A wall of bookcases adds to the room’s
sophistication and contemplative nature.
9. Add balance
Moving the pretty but predictable Persian
rug to another room made way for the
rich brown carpet, which grounds the
strong wall colour and adds interest
with its geometric Greek key pattern.
5. Soften the windows
Roman shades in William Morris-style
rust-toned linen contrast with the
vibrancy of the walls and draw attention
to the pretty stained-glass transoms.
10. Edit well
Tidy stacks of books, simple vases and
urns, and other key accessories, bring
the right amount of breathing room
to the bookcases’ display.
transoms topped the
without any drapes
the windows felt
cold and hard,
and the room was
almost too bright.
The big armchair and
square coffee table
blocked flow and
jammed up the