Sometimes there’s a room in the house that you feel you just can’t get right...
… it needs an identity, and why do none of the family use it?
This gorgeous family home has everything to offer a busy young family ... one of the many wonderful assets to this family is a musical daughter or two! So along comes a grand piano and several guitars. Of course, the potential for a room with an identity! A music Room.
The room itself has a large bay overlooking the front garden, light and beautiful, here was an ideal home to the main event - the piano! But still the room was underused.
We were asked to help create a cosy go to sanctuary ... somewhere to sit and relax, listen to music, read.
The room itself is already elegant with its original period features, an original fireplace, hearth and moulding details embellish the room. The family have a young contemporary vibe to them. The room required a very simple treatment.
Where to start?
- Tip 1: The fireplace had exquisitely coloured marble tiles. They were a deep crystal green with anthracite strie though the stone. That’s were we want to start! however the owners where not keen on green! The next obvious main colour for the room was anthracite, but with a hint of colour- Farrow & Ball “Downpipe” was just perfect. Estate emulsion always gives us the matt appearance we are looking for.
- Tip 2: We were already working with an interesting mid Century styled Brass central light fitting, so we took our lead from there and brought in much needed warmth and light with soft brass wall lights with alabaster plate shades (from Pookey lighting), task reading and floor lamps and table lighting placed on the new display shelves to create the atmosphere.
- Tip 3: The woodwork contrasted in “Clockface” from Little Green Paint Co satin eggshell, Keeping the scheme fresh. As there were already interesting, high level windows, as well as the large bay, the natural light bounced off the Clockface ceiling and detailing during the day. The room originally had curtains and roman blinds, which were not needed as they not only blocked out the natural light, but they were never actually closed. The approach to the room was Simplicity, but with a rewarding level of sophisticated elegance.
- Tip 4: We covered the floor in a contemporary woven unnatural floor covering which was super practical for the other four legged members of the family ! But also finished off the contemporary approach.
As a family of four, they wanted the space to be versatile for lounging and seating.
Under the high level picture rail height window was an opportunity to create some stylised diwan seating reminiscent of my middle eastern design days! However, this was too fixed, not versatile enough for the family’s future. Tip 5: The solution was two large love seats which cocooned one or two depending on how friendly one was feeling.
These were drop into inviting and adorned with just enough accent pattern and colour from the Pierre Frey and Jim Thompson cushion fabrics. Tip 5: Don’t overdo the accent, to make an impact we need to consider the proportion of colour and pattern. Less is sometimes more!
The remaining internal wall nestled the large glazed rich rosewood bookshelves relocated from the Lounge. The piece sits comfortably and warmly into the scheme.
This room is now the go to ... by adults and musicians alike. We are delighted.
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