I recently met with a wonderful couple on the verge of retirement who’ve been living with the same living room décor for 20 years. They have a comfy space, with grand ceilings and enormous windows like you only see in houses that are a hundred years old. But after 20 years of family living, the space is, not surprisingly, looking a little tired – and dated.
Tired and dated.
Not exactly the feeling you want to evoke when you walk into your sanctuary! They told me that they’re looking for a formal – but not intimidating space that’s in keeping with their home’s Victorian roots. They wanted airy and light, but nothing too colorful, and nothing too neutral. Sounded like a straightforward and fun design plan in the making! But then they threw me a little curve ball. They have a dark leather sofa and loveseat that they don’t love the look of, but do absolutely adore how comfortable they are. Therefore, they must stay! Well, apparently they’re not exactly what either of us would choose if we were starting from scratch, but I assured them, I will make them work!
So how do you work two dark, heavy sofas into a light and airy room design? Let me walk you through what I decided to do!