Siv Kouth is an interior designer who knows how to add drama to a room. This bedroom, which belongs to Siv’s cousin, was looking a little drab and not quite sophisticated enough to suit her tastes. Sophisticated is definitely what she got; I’m mesmerized by the irregular stripes, and I love the mix of taupes and creams with the high-contrast black and white wall. Amazing transformation, Siv! — Kate
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Basic Steps: Siv painted the room white to brighten up the space and added the striped accent wall. They positioned the bed at an angle and used the curtains behind the bed as an alternative to a headboard. They also added a stainless-steel clothing rack behind the curtains, which provides additional storage space and a changing area for Siv’s cousin.
If you like this look, here are a few useful tutorials:
- Before & After Basics: Masking Tape Designs
- Sewing 101: Curtains
- Before & After Basics: Painting Furniture
CLICK HERE for the “After” and full how-to after the jump!
I don’t think I will ever tire of an all-white room. White floors, white ceilings and lots of light; it’s an undeniably cheery, restful and gorgeous combination, not to mention an excellent blank canvas — almost any collection looks great against it. I’m finding this eclectic and textural vintage-style living room makeover by Åshild Moen-Arnesen to be incredibly appealing. The velvet green seating is set off so nicely by their crisp white surroundings, and the mix of materials — jute, wood, velvet, linen and leather — are gelling perfectly. Amazing work, Åshild!
Time: One month
Basic Steps: They started renovating the whole house at the beginning of January, including the kitchen, bathroom and living room and also did some work in the bedrooms. The previous owner left a lot of furniture, so one of the first things they did was to call a thrift store to pick up most of it. Then they ground down the floor in one weekend and treated it with pigmented varnish that had a bit of white in it. They painted the walls twice with an eco-friendly white paint and then layered back in their collection of furniture pieces.
If you love the look of Åshild’s light-filled living room, here are some useful tutorials:
- Before & After Basics: Whitewash
- DIY Project: Vintage Dice Cup Vase Trio
- DIY Project: Woven Ikea Skala Tray