before and after

before & after: living room transformation

by Kate Pruitt

This bright, sunny living room makeover is a great example of color shift. I love the transformation a new paint color can yield; the icy blue hue took this room from dim and drab to light and soothing. Interior designer Kirsten Krason was hired to bring boldness and energy to this room, and I think she succeeded splendidly — especially considering how many original pieces she kept. The mix of different patterns in the various textiles is expertly done. Nice job, Kirsten! — Kate

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Photography by Jessica Kettle

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Time: It took about 6 months from start to finish. The client already had some big pieces like the chairs and sofa, but we needed lots and lots of other things to bring the room together.

Cost: I believe the client’s budget was $3,000. We needed two rugs, a new coffee table, end tables, wallpaper, chairs, curtains, pillows, lamps and other accessories all to fit within this budget.

Basic Steps: We went high-low on this project by incorporating expensive pieces mixed with inexpensive pieces. For example, the chairs were found on Craigslist and reupholstered by the client. So we were able to save money there. The coffee table was our biggest splurge. We knew we wanted custom window treatments, so that was a big splurge, as well. But we were able to save money by keeping a lot of the existing furniture. We searched around for good deals. The rugs were both on an incredible sale from Williams Sonoma Home. I was worried about getting two large rugs within our budget, but we managed to do it!

My advice is to not be afraid of color or pattern. My client trusted me 100% with my vision. We wanted life and boldness in the room, and my client achieved that by stepping out of her comfort zone. Also pick the items you want to splurge on and don’t look back. It might seem expensive up front, but remember, you are saving on other items and the more expensive pieces will lift the room to a whole new level. — Kirsten

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