staging & redesign
Serving La Crosse, WI and surrounding area
Where new visions are created for your home
A recent project Leslie and I completed for a client offers examples of how with the inexpensive addition of color, you can make a room with mismatched furniture come together cohesively with a “designer touch”. Our client wanted her basement family room to feel comfortable and cozy for reading and TV watching. As you see in the photographs she had a green sofa, a brown leather recliner and a rose floral print easy chair. Our first thought….slip cover the floral chair, but no, why not work with that floral chair and use it as our inspiration. The chair had a matching floral toss pillow as well as a coordinating striped pillow. The floral we put with the leather chair; the striped added to the sofa. We purchased two coordinating pillows—a silky solid rose for the floral chair and a smaller multi-colored one to add to the striped one on the sofa. By spreading that beautiful rose color among the pieces of furniture, the room suddenly looks coordinated and there is a balance of accent color. Bottom line: if you have matching pillows from a sofa or chair, move them to other pieces in the room. It is an easy, inexpensive fix. Other ways we carried out the rose theme was to remove the dust jackets from the books and group colors together. Notice how the red books appear to pop. The piece of art above the sofa worked perfectly. The green matting brought out the green in the sofa, and the art itself had dabbles of the rose color. The size was perfect for that big blank wall. Of course re-arrangement of furniture can make a big difference in how a room functions and feels, but the little touches are what really bring it together.
Redesign is all about finding things that a homeowner has in storage or in other parts of their home that may work better with the design we are creating. Things we found included a small, wrought iron and glass side table to the right of the sofa partially out of camera view, the lamp to the left of the leather chair (from storage), and the beautiful vase above the fireplace. When we “borrowed” the wrought iron table from the homeowner’s sunroom, we replaced it with a larger metal and glass table found in storage that actually worked better size-wise with the sunroom furniture! The great tree in the corner we found in the garage. A little dusting was all that was needed to give the tree new life and a special place for this great room.
Next time you are tempted to replace a piece of furniture because it is just not working in your room, stop and think about adding a little color instead, or better yet call us! We can transform your room into something very special for a lot less than buying lots of new things! And we can do it in less than a day.
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