1. Brightening A Room.
With the big, dark wood TV unit, the deep red accent wall and the dark grey walls, the living room looked heavy. To lighten it and make it feel more welcoming, I suggested adding a floor mirror surrounded by a light wood finish to contrast with the darker wood.
2. Adding A Punch of Color
The space looked like a contemporary and understated urban abode, but for a beach dwelling, it was missing a punch of color to liven up the space and give it a beach feel. To complement the deep red wall, I suggested lime green as the perfect color choice to brighten the room.
3. Adding Texture for Visual Interest
All the furnishings have a smooth finish, including the sofa, coffee table and TV, so the space didn’t offer enough visual contrast. I suggested they add some texture as a quick solution. Raffia is a good fabric choice because it feels like the beach and is a contrast to the other smooth finishes.
4. Proper Seating is Important
Seating is important in any space, and this living room originally lacked seating. I suggested they add two chairs made with Raffia, which is a good choice because it doesn’t require much maintenance and is foolproof against dirt, stains and water—perfect for a beach rental. Plus, the chairs are light enough to move around with ease.
5. Giving A Sofa A Fresh Look
Adding throw pillows to the sofa is an easy way to change up a room. In a rental, you want fabrics that are easy to take care of, so I suggested an indoor/outdoor pillow fabric that doesn’t stain easily.
6. A Shell Motif is Perfect for the Beach
I suggested adding artwork with a seashell motif to bring the outdoors inside and also to lighten the space even more.
After the owner received my plan and executed my interior design tips, she had this to say:
“Christine helped me decorate the main living area for a furnished summer rental. We had just moved into a new home, and found renters for our old place much sooner than we had anticipated. Summer had already begun, and they wanted to get in there as soon as possible. I was short on time and budget, and really needed help taking the apartment from its original metropolitan feel, to something more beach inspired. We needed to be able to coordinate new items with existing furniture, and didn’t have the luxury of repainting.