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  • Helga Brauer

LIVING ROOM DESIGN - THE USE OF CONTRASTING TONES

Updated: Oct 14, 2018



I've always been a big fan of not only stark contrasting colors and eye-catching patterns, but also bold textures to portray luxury in contemporary design. In this design I started with one of my favorite kinds of seating, the Togo Loveseat. I wanted to use it as my focal piece and design the space around it, so I paired it with zebra print pillows as well as Mongolian faux fur pillows from Pottery Barn in a lovely ivory color. I chose an enchanting leather wing chair to carry the ivory over to another area in the room, as well as a lambskin rug, and completed the look with a bold red accent pillow to rest on the chair. Adding a little more drama to the space through artwork, I decided to go with a dazzling piece from Diamondocity that uses Swarovski crystals to create the red lips. Finally, I wanted to use a unique piece for the lighting to tie the decor together, so I went with an eye catching black and white 14 inch semi-flush mount lamp.



Togo

The Togo Loveseat was created by designer Michel Ducaroy and became very popular in French design in the 1970s and are manufactured and sold by Ligne Roset. The Togo series among the most comfortable pieces I've ever sat in and have a unique design that doesn't overpower the room so you can use vivid colors to draw attention to it. They come in a variety of colors and fabrics including ultrasuede which is very easy to maintain. My parents used to have a set in beige leather since I was born and although it was still comfortable, I was never a fan of how the cold material felt in the winter. Now, in my adult years, they sit at my sister's house and have a few tears from the years of use. Overall, they are extremely durable pieces and versatile in almost any space.


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Wingback Chair


The wingback chair originated in the late 17th century but as time progressed, so did its design. The chair I selected for this project features beautifully clean lines and an elegant sweeping back. The solid black wood and lustrous cream leather upholstery give the space a subtle elegant feeling, without distracting from the focal piece.



Ceiling Light Fixture

The ceiling light fixture that I used in this design pairs beautifully with the Togo loveseat. It features a mid century modern style drum shade, with contrasting black and white colors, while maintaining elements of the contemporary era with the sleek brushed steel hardware.


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Helga Brauer

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