This living room had a fabulous picture window, but that was about all its new owners loved. After refinishing the floors, replacing the fireplace, and majorly expanding the built-in storage, they now have a living room they totally love.
Sarah of Room for Tuesday has created a combination fireplace/statement wall, and it was a fantastic way to go. The green paint really centers the room and adds a major punch of color, while allowing the rest of the walls to be light-reflecting white. And while subtly veined marble is often prized for countertops, the dramatic marble that Sarah chose was totally the way to go. It's stunning, it establishes the black-and-white palette, and it completely steals focus from the television. Above the fireplace is often the controversial spot to put a TV, but it works well if the fireplace itself is eye-catching. Sarah actually went to a quarry in Georgia to pick out the slab; click through if only to see the mind-blowing marble yard full of massive wonders.
In addition to reflecting light, the white walls, furnishings, and ceiling allow the attention to remain on the beautiful blue chair (that hue goes perfectly with the green), the art and objets, and of course the fireplace area. The room isn't huge, so creating a serene surround allows the details to shine.
The graceful and practical black-and-brass sconce is from West Elm; it swings on a hinge, so it can provide light wherever needed. Black-and-white art and accessories have modern, graphic appeal, but they could easily be swapped out for decorative objects in grays, blues, greens, and golds.
As always, the loveliness of any room can be increased by 600 percent with the addition of an adorable dog, so this room's beauty is currently off the charts. A white sofa does not seem practical with two dogs in the house, but Sarah has proven the naysayers wrong. The denim slipcovers on the Pottery Barn sectional get washed once a month, and apparently they're holding up splendidly.
The vintage rug pairs perfectly with the blue chair, allowing the green wall to pop even more strongly, while the peach-pink details add warmth to the room. The juxtaposition of more casual elements, like the sofa, and formal pieces like the rug and pedestal, creates a really nice balance—it's a room full of beautiful things, but it's also a room in which to live.
Thank you, Sarah of Room for Tuesday!