A Few Simple Changes
It’s amazing what a change in paint color, a new rug and a few accessories can do to update a space. This open kitchen, dining and sitting area was in serious need of an update and de-cluttering. I love all the windows, exposed bring and especially the dark wood floors! We started with a rusty red wall in the dining room, it just didn’t compliment the space so it had to go. We replaced the oversized sofa with an open chaise lounge so guests could socialize with each other while still being a part of the action in the kitchen. It’s easy to update and freshen up a space, just be open mined and prepared to part with a few pieces that just don’t work and are holding the space back.
AND AFTER….Open and airy, the new chaise lounge completely changes the entire look and feel of this sitting area.
BEFORE: A better look at the oversized sofa and red wall.
AFTER: The fresh green accent wall (Benjamin Moore Urban Nature) is much more soothing and easily updated the space. We added a jute rug with a simple border because the red and cream rug that was there first wasn’t working. A drum pendant brings in much needed light to the dining area while simple graphic linen drapes from West Elm soften all of the hard edges in the space.
Drapery Tip: If you find draperies that you love but they are not long enough for the area you want to hang them, add a coordinating fabric to lengthen them. This creates a custom look and is an affordable way to get the length you need with out having them custom made. We added a solid piece to the top of these drapes, we thought it would be an interesting look and would draw attention to the high ceilings.
Updating a large space can be easy and affordable. We removed most of the pieces that were too large for the space as well as the dark rug in the dining room. The jute rug, drum pendant and drapes were all very affordable and made a huge impact in the dining room with out the huge price tag. The chaise lounge was the biggest investment in the space and it too updated the space instantly. If your feeling overwhelmed with your open space, step back and look at simple changes like a new paint color, new drapes and affordable lighting.
Can’t say it enough paint does wonders.
Yes it does Tonia.
Kristy Swain says
Love the impact that just changing the sofa to a chaise made!! Looks great!
Thank you Kristy,
It was the biggest change, it completely opened up that space.
Thanks for the comment.
Kate @ Travelmoon says
That sofa chaise completely transformed the space…looks fab!
Thank you Kate. I love when a simple change makes all the difference.
Lori @ Lori May Interiors says
What a wonderful transformation! I love that the rooms seem to flow so nicely. It’s a perfect example of less is more.
Hi! Love what you did with the space. I’m looking for a chaise lounge just like the one you used. Do you carry it in your store or can you provide sourcing information? It would be perfect for my space.
Thank you Jenny,
I do not carry the chaise in The Shop, we had it custom made. Email me if you are interested in more details. We can make one to fit your space.
Cassity @ Remodelaholic says
OH my goodness I LOVE this space! You did such great work!
I feature great projects around blogland, and I would be SO happy if you would consider writing a special guest post about this project for my blog Remodelaholic. Please let me know if you are interested, and I will send you the details!
Deb Placey says
Hi there! Love the over-sized tall tufted white headboard! Is there a way to purchase from you? THX! Deb P