Look for Less:
Lighter Shade of Pale Living Room
Oct 02, 2009
This photo is from Traditional Home magazine. The room was designed by Maryland decorator Lo Thai, and he filled the entire home with this light and airy, Swedish-inspired palette. I thought it might be fun to put together a room like this one, with a couple of updated twists and a lower price tag. New Traditional, anyone? Here we go.
Inspiration Room Designed by Lo Thai
Photo: Traditional Home.
Inspired Room Design's Look-for-Less Inspiration Board
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Start with paint. I'd recommend Sherwin-Williams Nuance, SW-7049.
To mimic the expensive piece at a lower price, I looked for similar lines and customizable upholstery.
This shiny chrome table could be roughened up like the one in the original room with an acid wash or a black glaze.
An even better option: replace the top on an existing wooden table with glass.
The piece in the inspiration room is very distinctive, possibly a one-of-a-kind antique. This mirror is not as grand but has a similar well-worn feel.
I'm not fond of the original lamp, so I intentionally veered toward something more sleek and crisp. This one has a modern feel but a nod to traditional style with its fancy base detailing.
I prefer this simpler version, but I'd spray it with a matte gold paint to take that shine down a notch. That will make it look more expensive.
These pillows add a new texture to the room. (Click out to the link— they're fuzzy!)
The original is probably an antique. A couple of these wire baskets will add the same semi-industrial element to the room.
Order them long so you can puddle them on the floor.
If you have basic sewing skills, slipcovers are easy. If not, having one custom-fitted to your chair is worth the money if the alternative is a sloppy (or worse, stretchy!) off-the-rack cover.
The original rug is huge, but this 5'x8' version gives you virtually the same texture for a lot less money.
Want some help re-creating your favorite designer room for less? Email me.
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