ditto :: a cool toned living room
Monday, October 15, 2012 by {darlene}

Today’s ditto* features a beautiful cool toned living room that is off the beaten path due to its soothing, yet gutsy, color scheme. I say gutsy because I always think it is bold to choose a color other than a neutral for your sofa. Yet, overall, the room has a classic and traditional feel.

This room is a lovely balance of color, textures, and height. Let’s study what makes it so amazing so that we can bring some of these fantastic design elements into our homes.

*{What exactly is a ditto? :: The list below will break down for you many of the decorating concepts that are employed in this great space. As with all of our dittos, let’s study the DETAILS of what makes this space SO AMAZING, so that we can learn how to add more beauty to our own homes!!! And, as always, I look forward to hearing from you and finding out what you would ditto, too. So, be thinking!}

cool toned living room

cool toned living room

 {design by A. Wentworth via Elle Decor}

 

DITTO :: {WHAT I WOULD STEAL FROM THIS SPACE}:

1.    THOSE ICY COOL TONES.

Soft purples, soothing turquoises, and pale grays are used in a sophisticated way in this space. It would be easy for these colors to read as too frilly or two girly, but that is remedied by the use of rich fabrics and streamlined furnishings. And those lavender velvet sofas are the perfect example! Ditto!

2.   THE FIREPLACE WALL.

This is a fantastic fireplace wall which is well worthy of study. My first favorite thing is that the is flanked by symmetrical bookshelves that boast storage at the bottom. This is probably my favorite way to “do” a fireplace wall. My second favorite thing is that the walls have a splash of color. More on that in a bit. Thirdly, I adore the antiqued, huge, gold framed art {at first I thought it was a mirror}. And finally, I love all the detailed trim around the fireplace and the bookshelves. It adds so much interest to the entire fireplace wall. Ditto!!

3.  VELVET SOFAS.

I am completely in love with velvet sofas. We have a velvet sofa. We love it. It has major family endurance {as long as it is a synthetic or cotton velvet}. I suspect  that these sofas, due to their sheen, may be silk velvet. Silk velvet is a fabric I would only consider for pillows at this stage in my family life, but it is a TO-DIE-FOR fabric. And take a look at the velvet in lavender! It is not heavy at all, and could easily dispel the myth that velvet is only for winter.

4.  CREATIVE FLOOR PLAN.

This room boasts plenty of seating, which I love. But I am really impressed by the interesting floor plan in this room. There are two sofas, but they are arranged so that they are separated from each other. The only furniture symmetry in the floor plan exists in the floral slipper chairs. Definitely has me thinking! Ditto.

5.  COLOR INSIDE YOUR BOOKSHELVES.

This is nothing new, but I thought I would take a moment to remind myself and others: it is so simple to add smashing style and color to your home simply by painting the backs of your bookshelves.

6.  SPLASHES OF HOT PINK.

The hot-pink leather Moroccan ottomans and a fuchsia floral arrangement are all it take to give pink a presence in this space. I love fuchsia, and I think it is amazing and fun in small but powerful doses in decor. Notice how just a tiny splash of hot pink adds much vibrancy to the room. Ditto-worthy indeed.

7. SUBTLE SIGNS OF THE SEA.

I think that this space serves as a very tasteful use of seaside elements. There is a definite nod toward the maritime, by the use of shells, corals, and cool tones.  Have you ever read my post “to theme or not to theme?” where I discuss excellent ways to incorporate real touches of your true loves into your decor? Well, this space is a perfect example of tastefully employing those concepts without crossing into the realm of “theme-y.” I would ditto that about this space, for sure!


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SO much goodness.

Love anything I did not mention? or…

WHAT WOULD YOU DITTO {STEAL} FROM THIS SPACE, 1-7? SOMETHING ELSE?

I LOVE HEARING YOUR THOUGHTS!

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • I like the art above the fireplace and how it echoes the built-in’s colors. They are styled beautifully, too. And I like how the coffee table, although large, has an “open” feel to it so that it doesn’t clutter up space and make the room seem heavy. I need one of those. But one I can afford! :)

  • I LOVE this room! It has been an inspiration for me in my new home! Already had the bookshelves built! Ditto it all. Did you know it is George Stephanopolis’ house? He is a news anchor on ABC. There is an interesting story about the swirls in the rug (they were made with RIT dye to cover a stain!)

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