Upsal Street | Philadelphia, PA
Time to lighten up! The living room is the first room you see when entering this Mount Airy home, and the interior used to be very dark. Replacing dark wood shutters with light-colored window treatments and adding a pale textured wall covering above the paneled walls helped lighten the space. Antique mirror accents in the light fixture and nesting tables add some sparkle. We carefully considered the proportions of the rug to ensure that it was narrow enough to provide a clear walking path between the front door and the rest of the house, yet long enough to ground the furniture in the room. A rug made of carpet tiles allowed us to create a custom-sized floor covering that worked both functionally and aesthetically.
Our client entertains a lot and wanted to maximize seating in her long dining room. Matching chandeliers over an extra-long table filled the space, and added interest and a calming symmetry to the room. Deciding early on that we were keeping the curtains in the room, we chose a dark wall color to provide contrast and create a cozy feeling. Embroidered details in the curtains match the cognac-colored chairs.
Neutral furnishings kept the family room calm and peaceful and allowed the rich blue walls (and the client’s beautiful painting) to be the hero of the room. Touches of brass and shimmer in the light fixtures, accent table and accessories work especially well in a room like this with so many windows.
Our down2earth decorating consultant thought a lot about color and the flow of colors throughout the house. There are two blue chairs are in an otherwise neutral living room, and these blue chairs set the tone for the adjacent family room, where the walls, rug and accent pillows are blue. Likewise in the dining room, dark gray walls envelope you and relate to the color of the leather sofa in the adjacent living room. In this way, we achieve interiors that are beautiful on their own, and also provide a consistent feel as you travel through this classic Philadelphia home.