The warm orange, deep teal and royal blue colors in a contemporary painting of swimming koi fish that the homeowner purchased at a charity event served as the color inspiration. And since the living room offers dramatic views of the city outside, Fenimore and her client wanted the space to have a definite downtown vibe.
A clean and contemporary heather-gray sofa is extra long, so the 6-foot, 6-inch-tall homeowner could enjoy a nap in comfort and have a place for friends to sit while they watch TV or play video games. “I talked him out of going with a sectional,” says Fenimore. “It would take away from the view and be too chunky in this space.”
Sofa: Room & Board (no longer available; see a similar choice here); accent chairs: replicas of DWR Metropolitan Chair; wall paint: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore
Because of the time crunch of this project, the designer went with the floor model of a modern glass coffee table with a walnut base. Fenimore feels this particular coffee table works because it keeps the space open and doesn’t distract from the rug.
Coffee table: Design Within Reach; area rug: CB2 (no longer available; the designer suggests this similar design)
“Understanding how to layer a color on its own is important,” she says. “The gray fur pillow has cooler blue tones, while the sofa is a warmer gray. Instead of bringing in another pattern, you can use a neutral with texture.”
Mongolian fur pillow: West Elm; large orange pillow: CB2
Located off the loft’s front entry, the living room is illuminated at night by recessed and track lighting and a large arching floor lamp with a white cotton and linen drum shade.
While the living room is open and airy, Fenimore doesn’t consider it a minimalist space. “It’s really a place where he can relax, entertain and just feel like himself.”
Arching lamp: floor model from a local store; a similar design is available from YLighting
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