Decorating & Design
September 29, 2020
Ask A Designer: How To Give A Living Room & Kitchen Wow Factor
In this Ask A Designer column, Jennifer Koper proves just how impactful finishing touches can be.
Question: My fireplace wall needs some serious help. I also need a backsplash in the kitchen and would like to replace my pendants. What would you suggest? — D.M., Halifax
Answer: What a great space! I see your dilemma with the fireplace wall, though. Right now, the art, TV and fireplace are all floating; there’s nothing to ground them. But don’t worry — it’s an easy fix. Take a cue from the Inspiration fireplace by Palmerston Design Consultants (below) that has a color-blocked treatment. In lieu of a chimney breast, just paint a section of the wall in a deep hue like Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. This will help break up that long expanse and provide a visual anchor. It’ll also help disguise your television!
Next, place a bench or console to the left of the fireplace, underneath your art; it will ground the canvas and give it something to relate to. Then, display objects or stacked coffee table books on top for even more dimension and character.
(Source: EQ3 Kacia Bench in Dark Walnut, $399, thebay.com)
Consider replacing your accent table with a pair of larger white drum tables and shift them to the end of your sofa. The tables will lighten up the seating.
(Source: Remy Nesting Tables in White (set of 2), $119, structube.com)
Layer a few decorative cranberry-hued pillows on your sofa for more visual interest.
(Source: Flores Sangria Linen Pillow, $183, shophouseandhome.com)
In the kitchen, a textured subway tile backsplash in a deep teal will bring in another pop of color.
(Source: 4″ x 8″ Textured Ceramic Subway Tile in Trasparenze Petrolio, $7/sq.ft., ciot.com)
Swap out your pendants for two large drum-style versions with iron detailing — the larger scale is more appropriate for your space.
(Source: Lenyx Pendant in Iron Ore & White, $882, z-lite.com)
With minimal spending and effort, your living room and kitchen will be totally refreshed. Enjoy your new focal wall!
Do you have a design dilemma? Send your questions to email@example.com.
House & Home October 2020
Kristen Marshall, Palmerston Design Consultants