I’ve been working remotely with a client for a while now. She’s completely overhauling several rooms of her home but needed to sort some pretty boring stuff first, like running a new damp proof course and plasterwork. Which is now all done. Phew!
Back room now damp proofed and re-plastered
The front room, which is the secondary living space in this 1930’s three bed semi has finally been stripped of its years of textured wallpaper.
The unwanted pieces of furniture have been eBayed and the room is sitting empty, barring the white painted floorboards, a 1950’s school desk and a black upright piano (which may or may not stay.) It’s literally a blank canvas waiting for its new look.
Here’s what the room needs in terms of function:
- Open and closed storage
- A focal point. The room has a chimney breast but no fire or fireplace
- Two seater sofa and an armchair
- Room for the desk
- Possibly a space for the piano
- Room for record player and perhaps TV
But how the room looks has been a real tug of war, causing the progress of this room to come to a complete standstill.
The man of the house requested a Dark, Moody Gentleman’s Study. Dark walls with rich colours with space for his trinkets, vinyl, all working around the 50’s vintage desk. Whilst the lady of the manor has other ideas, preferring the idea of keeping it light, with a retro, 70’s vibe. Think Anchorman does Danish design.
I’ve been busy working away on two mood boards for this room, with two completely different looks, in the hope one will inspire them to bite the bullet and start the ball rolling. Visualisation on how a room can look can be difficult, especially when you’ve been so used to seeing a space the same way for ages. Mood boards are a great way of seeing what’s inside someone’s head and how the individual parts fit together to give you the overall design.
So, here is the same 1930’s front room, two ways. Do any of these float your boat and if so, which one?
Dark & Moody Gentleman’s Study
- Dark blue walls
- Off white floorboards, coving and ceiling
- Large vintage style rug
- Tufted two seater sofa in navy and red tufted armchair
- Oversized, three arm ceiling light
- Dark blue built in shelving and cabinets. Cabinet sitting proud of the chimney breast, providing a surface for the record player
- Vintage display cabinet on chimney breast wall provides focal point
- Quirky, vintage artwork
- Plants. Because every room should have them
Anchorman Meets Danish Design
- Neutral/taupe walls
- Off white floorboards, ceiling and woodwork
- Large blue geometric rug
- Brown two seater leather button back sofa with layered cushions
- Ikea Sinnerlig pendant light (which has already been bought but the man of the house hates it)
- Asymmetrical shelving in left hand alcove, painted in with wall colour. Long low line, built in cabinet with teak doors running from the left hand alcove across the chimney breast. Cabinet again sitting proud to provide a surface for a TV and record player. The focal point
- Large arco style floor lamp and vintage swivel, egg style, armchair to sit in other alcove
- Large, vintage framed artwork
- Plants. As before. But more
So whadya think? Would these help you choose which way to go with the design? I know which one I prefer, but it’s not about me here. It’s about them. But i’m really interested to see what you guys would run with. Talk to me.