Recipe for Style: Opposites Living Room

Recipe for Style: Opposites Living Room

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Janel Laban
Feb 23, 2009

We love the look of this room from Herve Van der Straeten's home - if we didn't see the end result we might doubt that such polar opposites would coexist in such a wonderfully fluid way in one room. The mix looks effortless, not forced - the pieces all work really well together. Jump below for the style ingredients:

Ingredients that go into this style mix:

  • Lots of Opposites: old/new, dark/light, man made/natural, hard/soft
  • Dark furniture on light floors
  • Two very different, very dramatic pieces placed right next to each other - an antique sofa meets a modern coffee table
  • Fluffy, textural rug sitting on a smooth simple tiled floor
  • A heavy, soft cushy navy velvet sofa juxtaposed with two visually light, sleek leather side chairs
  • Shiny space age mod stools in opposite hues continue the dark/light theme and the hard/soft theme
  • An oversized mobile is a dramatic statement as it hangs floor to ceiling in the sitting area
  • An old-fashioned phone is another look backwards in a (mostly) modern space
  • Warm dove gray drapes soften and expand on the look by bridging the darks and lights and adding another fluid texture


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    Photo: Simon Watson

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