Patterns versus color, and a combination of the two, enliven this family room the second time around

After living in their charming Tudor for 12 years, this Loose Park couple was ready for a new look. Calling on interior designer Caroline McCallister, they came up with a traditional design using existing furniture and jewel tones. Then, shortly after the entire house was redecorated, the unthinkable happened.

“I received a shocking call from the client who said her house had just been hit by lighting, it was on fire and the roof was falling in,” McCallister remembers. “This look is version two.”

They went bold the second time around, especially in the family room. Within this cozy space used mostly in the evenings, McCallister went with a broody, rich peacock in folded handmade wallpaper showcasing a subtle grid pattern. Dyed then sealed with a high-gloss lacquer finish, “it almost looks like leather,” she says. “It has a translucent look that’s very interesting.”

Noticeably, the color combo in this room drives everything. The Osborn & Little patterned fabric in the curtains and accent chair are vibrant yet traditional, contrasting against the modernity of the wallpaper. A closer look at the fabric reveals a touch of gold, which complements the traditional chartreuse sofa and plays off the peacock walls.

“They like traditional, but they’re also very open to adding modern touches that make it current and somewhat transitional,” she says.

To fill in the space, McCallister opted for a 40-inch-tall brass table lamp with a double gourd-shaped base and a gilded starburst clock, both of which prominently stand on display in front of the lacquered walls. In a similar warm color palette, the leopard-print area rug “shakes it up a bit,” she says, contrasting with the traditional-style furniture and paralleling the modern sheen of the wallpaper.

With everything comfortably in its place, this room isn’t changing anytime soon.

 

Why it works

1. “This room is a study in contrast,” McCallister says. The highly polished wallpaper, with a rectangular modern grid, directly contrasts with the traditional furniture style throughout. A warm, neutral color is brought into the space in the form of a brass lamp base and clock, a direct complement, in color and style, to the leopard-print area rug. Though it seems a subtle addition, the brass also unifies the rug with the draperies while matching the walls in optimal shine.

2. “I also wanted to contrast colors, not blend them,” she adds. And in this room, it was all about the peacock, a color that evolved from the look and feel of the room next door, with high-lacquered, handmade billiard green wallpaper. Though it’s more formal in nature, the two make a complementary, stunning impression as guests walk through the front door. 3. Legs and skirts. “I didn’t want to have too many legs, so I had to mix in a skirt for balance,” she says. That’s where the raspberry comes into play. That, and it’s a spot-on contrast to its neighboring chartreuse sofa.

 

Get the Look

1. Need a little gold in your life? Find it in the Bernhardt Accessories Oval Mirror at Seville Home. It looks like a million bucks in its antique gold leaf finish.

2. Show off your colorful side with Osborne & Little’s Persian Garden Collection. The Isfahan Tulip pattern in pink and lime, available to the trade at Designers Only in Prairie Village, will work well with a range of wall and couch colors.

3. Keeping it in the peacock family, Benjamin Moore’s Varsity Blues is a deep teal that “mirrors the velvety richness of the letters on a championship football jacket,” Benjamin Moore’s website states. Available at Spectrum Paint in Prairie Village.

4. Bring a bit of that traditional style home in the form of Sherrill Furniture’s classic sofa, with traditional legs, loose pillow back and silver ferrules. Pick it up at KDR Designer Showrooms.

5. Barbara Cosgrove’s clay gourd table lamp features a stacked concentric bubble base covered in a white silk shade with gold liner, shown here in a bronze finish.

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