Household style inspiration: Lightening the look of oak millwork in an old property

It was the unique oak millwork that captivated Cait Louise Gury’s consumers to their condo in a 19th-century Colonial Revival in Dorchester. Nevertheless, they also felt intimidated by it. “They struggled with generating the family members space come to feel mild and peaceful, still harmonious with the hefty architecture,” Gury claims. The initially matter she did was paint the sage-coloured walls a bright white—Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. The new, crisp backdrop instantly built the space truly feel airy. “The dusky shade provided no distinction so the wood disappeared,” Gury claims. “Now that it pops, it is an eye-catching minute.”

1 This blush and charcoal tones of the classic design rug by Magnolia Dwelling for Loloi suffuses the space with heat, balancing the awesome blue of the couch. The pattern also assists conceal spills.

2 A vast, modern day chandelier counteracts the historic millwork. The brass body also contrasts the dark components, maintaining factors from seeking matchy-matchy.

3 Gury’s rule for curtains? Go large and vast. “Panels must be at the very least two situations the width of the window for satisfactory fullness,” she claims, “and hung at minimum 6 inches earlier mentioned the window frame for impression.”

4 For a collected feel, Gury employs vintage textile toss pillows created by smaller firms. Krinto, Studio North, and Danielle Oakey are favorites. She gives this tip: Buy inserts 2 inches much larger than the address for a good deal of plumpness.

5 An in-inventory Post sectional—delivered inside of three weeks—was the starting off place. “The deep seats make for extra cozy film nights, and the removable ottoman delivers flexibility in the ground plan when entertaining,” the designer states.

6 The West Elm coffee table delivers the rich wooden tone into the centre of the area and balances the room’s a lot of rectangles. “I’m constantly watchful to differ silhouettes in a place,” Gury suggests.


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