Scott and his design team went to work creating a comfortable space filled with durable fabrics and hearty surfaces that would stand up to some wear and tear, while still keeping the clean, sophisticated look Andrew favors.
The colors and materials for the living room were chosen very deliberately. “Because this is an open concept space that connects to the kitchen, we needed all the materials to tie together,” says Scott. The slate grey walnut that covers the left side and centre of the media wall is the same finish as the kitchen island base, while the linear tile in the right hand side compliments the Quartz finish of the kitchen counters and backsplash. “When decorating open concept spaces you have to consider how the spaces will flow together.” Even the hardware plays a part by connecting to the chrome in the kitchen.
A home bar is the most powerful tool in the home entertainer’s arsenal. “We included a Frigidaire Professional bar fridge that holds 38 bottles, a pullout drawer for bottles that don’t require refrigeration, and a Quartz counter surface.” There’s also strip lighting on either side to give it a little pizzazz. “There was no point in including a wet bar since it’s right next to the kitchen, but I still wanted some other bells and whistles,” says Andrew.
Televisions and fireplaces are both focal points, which is why when you’ve got one of each in a room, you generally want to tie them together as closely as possible. In this case, designer Jacqueline Kay decided to unite them by creating a stacked column effect. “We chose a light colored tile so that it would stand out and draw the eye to the whole area, rather than just the TV or just the fireplace.”
An oversize sofa, complete with plush pillows, invites everyone to sit down and get comfortable. Andrew wanted people to be able to really sink in and relax. And once they’re down, they don’t have to get back up. “Everything is automated, from the TV to the fireplace to the window shades. Everything can be controlled by remote controls and my iPhone.”
The days of matching furniture sets are over. Instead you want to find pieces that complement and contrast with each other. “Since there are a lot of linear silhouettes in this space, we decided to add a round coffee table with a geometric base to contrast all the straight lines.” It’s a nice accent that’s also a great conversation piece – something you should have in every room.
Playing with texture and pattern is a great way to add depth to neutral spaces. “What’s great about pillows is that they’re easy to change,” says Jacqueline. While you don’t want to change your sofa upholstery on a regular basis, pillows are easy to switch out if you want to play with color or pattern.
Storage is important, but so is seating. “Usually I’m all about maximizing storage,” says Scott, “but in this case I decided a recessed seating nook would be more beneficial.” Since Andrew plans to use this area for entertaining, he liked the idea of having a spot that could serve as extra seating when needed, and a display area when not. “I still wanted a bit of extra storage so we included some drawers across the bottom.” The recessed nook also added depth to the space. “A joint wall would have felt very flat and made the room feel smaller,” says Jacqueline.
Scott is a big fan of architectural details. ”They elevate a space, giving it a finished, high end look.” In this case, he did something a little different than usual by creating a recessed ceiling detail. “It manages to make the ceiling appear a bit higher and it helps to define the living space and separate it from the kitchen.” Whereas crown molding is more traditional, this application done simply with an added layer of drywall lends a modern aesthetic. “Just be sure to plan for this type of application ahead of time. Whereas crown molding can be installed after the room is finished, this detail has to be added during the drywall phase.”
For a complete list of construction and design materials, services, and trades used in Andrew’s Living Room, please visit the source guide.
1. Downlighting – Affex by Philips and Controls – Caséta Wireless dimmers and switches by Lutron,Vaughan Electrical Supply 2. Paint: Walls – OverExposed P5243-24 (Eggshell), Trim – JoJo White PF17 (SemiGloss), Window Trim – Photo Shoot P5243-83, and TV Niche – Forge Black P2143-41 (Velvet), Para 3. Cabinetry for Media Wall: Cabinet Door and Wall Panel Finish – Slate Grey Walnut with Manhattan Door Style, Aya Kitchens / Cabinet Hardware – Swagger, Brushed Nickel, Uptown Appeal 6-3/4” and R. Christensen Art Tech Aero, Brushed Nickel, 4-3/4” on Bar Cabinet, Berenson 4. . Floor: Looselay vinyl laminate planks – Senso Lock Bridge, Gerflor 5. Catalan Shelf, Sunpan / Décor Accessories, Homesense 6. Motorized window roller shades with Opera blackout – Media Wall Window: Charcoal Chestnut / Pattern-Sheerweave and – Wall Window: White / Pattern- Fir, Maxxmar 7. Tile – Gate, Colour: Breath – Porcelain 10×30”, Ceragres 8. Vector50 Direct Vent Gas Fireplace with efire controller, Napoleon Fireplaces 9. Yoho Accent Table, Undertones Rug Art, Mulberry Spice Art, Renwil 10. Couch and Arch Lamp, Crate and Barrel
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