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By Carol Donayre Bugg, ASID DDCD
Vice President and Director of Design
Interiors By Decorating Den

The Challenge

Learning what kind of art appeals to a client reveals a larger clue about personal taste than almost any other discovery. While a decorator might decide that creating a neutral background is best to show off a person’s extensive collection of vivid abstract paintings, more often it’s the tones and the theme of a client’s favorite piece of art that influences the color and style direction of a room’s decor.One avid fine art collector and world traveler client sought a room designed around his Charles Frase “Golden Eagle” lithograph which was purchased many years earlier. In creating a comfortable gathering place for entertaining guests the decorator took her lead from the earthy blues and browns of the subject matter.

The room is in the basement of the client’s home, and while there are two double windows they are under a deck, making the space somewhat dark. One requirement was seating for 6-8 people. Another was that the colors follow those in the artwork, maintaining a masculine and relaxed ambience without being too heavy.

 The Solution

Serving as the room’s color roadmap, the selection of a paisley fabric in brown and blue for the two lounge chairs picked up the tones in the lithograph, which is now prominently displayed over the mantle. A solid blue texture covers the sofa, and polished brass nail heads detail the shape of the arms and base. In keeping with the masculine theme and providing extra comfort the decorator placed a tweed chair and a half and an ottoman by the fireplace. Stationary coin gold drapery panels maximized the window space and light from the outdoors. Neutral-hued floors and walls also help brighten this lower level space. In reference to her world traveler client the decorator added cocktail and end tables wrapped in leather embossed with old world maps. Displayed on the bookcase shelves are the gentleman’s treasured collection of travel memorabilia, books and other pieces of art.


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