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Check Out This World Traveler’s Contemporary Living Room

We sat down with our client, Leigh, a world traveler from Brooklyn, to explore his design process while redoing his living room.

Leigh wanted to incorporate elements of inspiration from his travels, and began by painting the walls a muted blue. His design objective was to create a space he is both relaxed and inspired by. He approached his new living room design with his self-proclaimed “undefinable contemporary” style.

How would you describe the look and feel of your living room?

Contemporary and cultured. Since I am constantly traveling, I wanted a space that accomplishes two things--incorporates novelties from my travels and allows me to feel both relaxed and inspired the little time that I do spend home.

What is your favorite element in the room?

The patterned custom drapes-- they are in the Pharaoh Navy/Silver fabric. I was instantly drawn to the pattern because it reminds me of all the textiles and color that I experience on a day-to-day basis when I’m immersed in a different culture.

Can you talk more about what inspired this room design?

When I first arrived at Indigo2Ash for a design consultation, I wrote down some objectives that I wanted out of the room. The priority being that I wanted to somehow encapsulate the feelings I get when I travel. We springboarded off that single idea.

What did you learn from your consultation?

I didn't realize a pattern could necessarily set the tone for an entire room. After discussing my objectives, the design professional suggested Custom Drapes from Indigo2ash's line of fabrics, and the Pharaoh print caught my eye right away. The pattern creates a lot of movement--something that is a big part of my life and is more exotic than a traditional pattern.

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What was your biggest challenge in decorating this room?

Choosing a color scheme that would allow me to feel both relaxed and inspired. And also a room that would allow me to show off my trinkets without stealing all of the focus.

How did you overcome that design challenge?

From my design consultation I learned that Blue is a versatile color. It's hues – whether deep or muted – can serve different purposes in the space. I used a vibrant, eye-catching blue for the sofa and a lighter, subtle blue for the walls to showcase my art from around the world.

Why did you choose the coffee table?

The Tobin Coffee Table truly solidifies the contemporary style of the space. I learned that the table is a high-quality reproduction of a 1966 original piece, which seems ironic since it makes the space feel so updated. It is large enough to eat around, yet not overly demanding of space.

Would you do anything differently the next time you decorate a space?

Maybe investing in a large, commanding mirror. It gets dark with all the blue at night and I think having more reflective surfaces would enhance the “effortless” feeling the room already has.

What was the biggest thing that you learned from decorating your living room?

That it’s really simple to design a striking room based off of one bold, leading color. Once I had blue in mind, I featured different shades of blue throughout the design, keeping to the monochromatic palette. I constantly get compliments on the space and how “effortlessly cool” it looks.

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