Shanta lives in Forest Hills in a prewar one bedroom apartment. Spacious and with good light, this living room has lots going for it, but lacks color and a real sense of Shanta's personality. Everything matches, which while not a bad thing, can feel too safe and sterile. The team at Real Simple turned things around…
… and helped make the space sing!
The Real Simple makeover (which looks so warm and upbeat in comparison) incorporates a few smart "tricks" that are worth a closer look:
• Patterned drapes are extended out beyond the actual window on both sides, which helps to balance the white walls and creates a focal point.
• The tv is hung on the wall as part of a gallery installation of several different sized framed pieces of art. It allows the tv to be at a good height for viewing from the sofa, while not overpowering the look of the whole wall.
• Symmetrical lamps and side tables reinforce the balance of the room and minimize any potential "noise" caused by the introduction of all the pattern, color and artwork.
Images: Jonny Valiant/Real Simple