THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Designer Sharon Hayden concentrates on bringing in natural materials, chunky textures and warm tones to give the homeowner the neutral palette he seeks, while using soft blues and greens as accents. She went with a mid-century modern aesthetic to complement the clean, simple lines found in the modern finishes and sleek stair rail already in place in the basement.
Warm up the walls with a softer gray that has a slight greenish undertone. Try Old Prairie from Benjamin Moore. A natural wicker trunk in front of the sectional does double duty as a cocktail table and a storage box for throws, extra pillows or games. A small bar cabinet and floating shelves create a dry bar where drinkware and entertaining dishware can be stored and/or displayed. A floor lamp that arcs over the sectional provides task lighting without taking up much floor space. Sweater poufs, pillows and a throw in chunky textures add visual and tactile interest to the neutral design. Rotate the rug 90 degrees to cover more of the exposed floor. A mid-century modern media cabinet corrals TV electronics and other items. The wood chevron grain on the doors is simultaneously playful and elegant.
Hayden, with Studio Starrs Interiors (571-212-8431, studiostarrs.com), is based in Vienna, Va.
SPLURGE OR SAVE
Furniture: White oak finish mid-century modern two-door storage cabinet ($243.23, amazon.com); Winsten antique fir wood display shelf ($233.23, homedepot.com); taupe heather sweater poufs ($99 each, worldmarket.com); wicker large storage trunk in dark global brown ($75.99, target.com).
Accessories: Cantilever drop pendant floor lamp in antique brown ($99.99), chunky double knit handmade throw ($69.99) and artificial rosemary plant in ceramic pot ($10), all from target.com; faux fiddle-leaf fig plant ($129.99, worldmarket.com); rustic luxe wine bottle and stemware 24-inch rack set ($30.44, walmart.com); 29-by-41-inch decorative wall mirror in weathered copper ($313.99, bedbathandbeyond.com); “Wildflower Reflection I” and “Wildflower Reflection II” 24-by-16-inch prints with Allegro bronze frames ($120 each) and “Pompom Botanical I” and “Pompom Botanical II” 13-by-19-inch prints with Allegro bronze frames ($115 each), all from art.com; Pelliccia 16-inch pillows with down alternative inserts in ivory and mushroom ($89.95 each, crateandbarrel.com).
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