As a celebrity interior designer, Elaine Griffin has become one of the industry’s leading authorities on home style. She’s done standout work for Elle Decor, Oprah’s O At Home, and is a current editor at Better Homes and Gardens. One of her projects there at BHG really caught our eye, and we can’t help but share it with you. It’s the perfect example of how to turn a boring space into one brimming with personality.
As you can see, this living room needed a heavy duty makeover if the owners wanted any hope of livening up the space. Outdated lace window coverings, depressingly yellow-beige walls, and a lack of a unifying color palette made the space as dull as can be.
Elaine decided to keep some of the main pieces of furniture, drawing inspiration for her palette from the two muted teal chairs. The colors she ended up choosing were tranquil jades and turquoises, with pops of yellow and pink to add life. Her first step was painting the walls a cool mint color, “Portico” by Valspar. She added dimension to the space by also painting the built-in shelves a slightly darker hue, “Iced Julep”, also by Valspar.
To make a splash of vibrance in part of the room, Elaine painted an ornately carved desk in a raspberry hue called “Frosty Berry Gloss”. This worked well with the multi-colored rug, picking up the pink tones and making the dose of color feel more natural. The fireplace area was made interesting by adding coordinating art, floral arrangements, and a tapestry-draped bench.
Throughout the room, small accents such as vases or throw pillows have been added in fun patterns and prints that generally stay within the basic color scheme. But a few small touches of other colors add richness.
Whenever you’re ready to achieve results like this in your own home, the Ottawa General Contractors interior design team is ready to help. Ready to get started on your house makeover?
About Jacqueline Ward: I thrive for a challenge and after graduating from the Advanced Interior Design Program at the Academy of Design in Montreal I am equipped with the necessary skills to resolve any design dilemma that will help you acheive your dream design