I love creating a clean white space and then adding lots of beautiful prints and textures to make it unique. The living room of our Brio Project, created for the St George Parade of Homes, is an update on traditional with a crisp foundation and layers of print and pattern that add a fresh bohemian vibe.
Throughout the home, we created a clean airy foundation using a pretty white paint, Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. The cool white emphasizes all the pretty natural light that floods the living room. We added warmth to the white walls by pairing them with light wide plank wood floors.
The room in anchored by a fireplace surrounded by beautiful built-ins. Inside the fireplace, we used hand-glazed brick tiles from Fireclay Tile in a herringbone pattern. For the fireplace facade, we decided on a light gray concrete finish. Concrete is an affordable option that adds a cool touch of modern industrial to a space. We topped it with an oak mantle stained just a shade darker than the floors.
Above the built-in cabinetry, we used these two-light brass picture lights. They add color and shine to the space, and of course illuminate all the beautiful pictures and pieces of art we used to style the shelves. When decorating your shelves, it is important to think about color, shape, and texture. We love hunting for unique pieces and adding them to personal photos and favorite books for a sophisticated layered look. Scroll below to see some of the pieces we used to style the Brio built-ins.
Because this is an open floor plan, it was important to use a large rug that helps define the living space. We found an affordable 15′ x 12′ rug with a beautiful neutral pattern (similar here and here).
Instead of a traditional sofa and matching chairs, we paired comfortable slipcovered armchairs with this dreamy reclaimed wood, steel, and tufted linen sofa. The sofa makes a statement. Although it is a splurge, it elevates the entire living space and makes it feel unique. Mixing up your old matching living room set with a new statement sofa or chair is a way to make your space feel modern and new.
Two different side tables styled with little plants, candles, and wood coasters provide a convenient place for books, phones, and drinks. We used this beautiful metal and dark stone table by Noir and this metal and white marble table by Pottery Barn.
The reclaimed wood coffee table adds rustic warmth to the space. We used reclaimed Russian Oak from Restoration Hardware but we also considered a warmer look without the gray wash in this version from Pottery Barn and this one from West Elm. The table is styled with favorite art and design books, a marble and brass tray (more affordable version here) to protect the wood from food and drinks, and handmade African beads that add a rich global vibe.
Behind the sofa, a metal console table adds contrast to the white sofa and chairs. We used this but you could get the look with a more affordable version here or here. Tall traditional linen-shade lamps in pretty brass add soft lighting behind the sofa. We used these adjustable arm brass lamps, but check out this similar brass and linen lamp for a more stream-lined look.
To finish the space, we layered beautiful throws and pillows in different colors, patterns, and textures to create a soft welcoming feel. See these similar pillows to get the look: shibori (more here and here), Chinese wedding blanket, Moroccan pom-pom, and white mud cloth.
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