This huge mulitpurpose room is the first non-residential space I've done: a clubhouse for an apartment community, Princeton Place Apartments in Worcester, MA, that serves as informal meeting & lounging space, transition area to pool and fitness center, and venue for a few special social events per year. As you can see, we were dealing with a very bland, beige, and dated decor.
The goal was to inject lots of color and perk up this space, while keeping lots of the same basic elements. The pub tables were staying, the tv needed to stay, and because of budget we had to keep the two sofas and the dining/work table and chairs.
The design started with this fabric for window treatments, a major improvement over the dusty old floral that was there before I'd say...
Then working with those colors in the fabric, we painted the walls a more taupey grey (SW Fawn Brindle) and a pretty dark blue (BM Newburyport Blue) to tone down the all the tan and bring in some color. A few console tables got a fresh coat of white paint, and sofas got turned back to back to create two seating areas (one tv focused and the other just for conversation) where before there was one. (Sorry for the blurry pic!)
We recovered the chair seats in a coordinating fabric: a simple project that saved us from buying new chairs...and hundreds of dollars.
Then again, I love how the tv space turned out too.
We were working with a super tight budget of $7500 to include all furnishings, window treatments, accessories, paint and supplies, and labor. I'm happy to say that by keeping many items and freshening up others we came in under budget by $1000, which was even better than I expected! And I think we got a great look that does not look like we compromised on $$$ at all.
And some more pretty pics...
new coffee bar
favorite sitting area
fireplace on the back wall, so cozy for winter
a wider view: the old sofas don't look half bad now
Hope you enjoyed the tour! This week I'll be sharing a few idea boards for projects in the works and some plans for stuff at home.