Paint can make all the difference

I wanted to show this make over, as it is a perfect example of how a harmonious colour palette just by getting the right paint colour, can make a room feel much more welcoming.

The owner said that although there was enough space, the room just didn’t feel inviting and asked what could be done. So we got to work on our on site consultation. The following images show how the room looked before.

This kitchen was full of colour and personality which we didn’t want to lose. However the wooden floor, dining table and chairs, the tomato red sofa and the rug were all warm colour tones but the lilac and blue walls were cool colours. Putting the two groups together was actually accentuating the warm and cool qualities of each group and making the space feel quite unconnected. 

So my suggestions were to keep to the strong blue wall colour in the kitchen but make it a warm teal blue and swap the lilac for a cream colour (dare I even say magnolia?) This would harmonise the whole room whilst still keeping the bold colours that the owner had chosen. We decided on the paint tones there and then! We ran through all the surfaces ie. woodwork including doors and skirting, walls and ceiling and what each colour and finish they should be, so that the owner had a specification to give to her decorator.

We had plenty of time to look at other suggestions to help make the room more welcoming.

The lack of window dressing was making the space feel a little stark, so I suggested blinds and curtains.

The huge TV looked particularly bad suspended on the wall, not to mention all the wires and sockets that were visible as soon as you walked into the room. My suggestion was that a shelving unit could be built around the TV which would not only disguise the TV but also give some shelving to put some accessories such as frames and ornaments on.

My client took away all the advice and it’s safe to say, she really ran with them!

I also suggested that a pendant would add a focal point and new light source above the dining table. For this and for the curtains and blinds, the owner asked for a follow up meeting to specify fabrics and we agreed on this bold Romo fabric for the lampshade (which tied in well with the existing red sofa) and some simple curtains with a contrast topper as well as blinds with an embroidered pattern on them. All of these were overseen by Kate Lovejoy Interiors.

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