Next stop on our West Hollywood condo tour: the living room! I’m going to keep this relatively short and sweet, mainly because I did a sub-par job of documenting the transformation process, but I love the end result too much not to share!
Unlike the den and kitchen of this home, the living room really didn’t need a ton of work. The main reason for this is because, unlike the den and kitchen, the living room actually receives a decent amount of light, thanks to a set of double French doors that lead off to the eastward facing balcony.
Before I got started, the living room mostly looked like this:
I promise I did not purposely take terrible “before” pictures in order to make the “after” pics that much more spectactular…but yes, this one is pretty bad. What this pic is supposed to illustrate is the dark finish on the French doors. If you recall the kitchen and den, the French doors had the same exact finish. Since my client wanted the entire space to feel light and bright, I had the French doors painted white to match the mouldings. Painting the French doors was the only “major” cosmetic change that I made to this room.
Another design decision that I made here that made a really big difference was in going a little darker with the curtain panels. While the white panels that were installed previously worked well with the darker finish on the doors, framing the now white doors with charcoal grey really makes the doors pop. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the doors and suddenly, the balcony and its tree-top view commands attention. Cocktails on the terrace, anyone?
Using a rug in a room with beautiful floors is not always a necessity, but in this case, with the open layout and the way that I decided to arrange the furniture, the rug proved to be a critical piece that almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a strike at the ports, we waited for this rug for what seemed like an eternity. I couldn’t even hunt down an alternative, because essentially every single similar looking 8’ x 10’ rug in the country (under a billion dollars) was also sold out. But at long last this one arrived, and thankfully, we loved it!
I’m not really sure that there is an exact formula for lamp height, but I think that this is a really good example of not working. These marble lamps are amongst my favorites, but they just did not work in this room (still heavily in progress at this point, hence the painters tape on the walls and the two different end tables). Their profile was a little too low and they kind of disappeared against the white walls and the glass table top. I swapped them out for a pair of X-base lamps that were originally intended for the bedroom, and the look came together much, much better.
Let me also go ahead and draw attention to how much better the sofa, although amazing on its own, looks with a few throw pillows! Please resist the urge to solely use the pillows that come with the couch. Mix it up people! Have a little fun with color! And don’t forget, the magic is in the details!