Zen Inspired Final Result
Awhile ago I began a project for a client who wanted a Japanese, Zen-inspired design for her high-rise condo with blue and red accent colors. Here is the space we began with:
A big leather couch and matching chair overpowered the space, and beyond the muted red and indigo in the area rug, there was almost no color. There was also the “hodgepodge” feel that results when pieces in a space aren’t tied together.
And here was the dining room:
As I mentioned in the design phase, I was challenged with:
- Seating for 6 in a small space, without using a sectional
- A Tokonoma wall (Not sure what this is? I had to research it too)
- Use of their existing area rug
- Use of their existing art work
- Reupholstery of 2 of their existing chairs
- A neutral backdrop with indigo and red accents
- A wall-mounted TV
- A wall-mounted electric fireplace
- Better display for the pottery collection
- And oh yes, did I mention that the pottery has a Southwestern feel????
I began with the concept board below which they loved. The main idea was to bring order to the space, add Japanese accents, and incorporate her color choices through accessories. I’m not usually a fan of red and/or navy but I do like how this turned out:
The biggest proposed change was building out a portion of the focal wall which would create an inset where I could add shelving. I proposed mounting the TV on the buildout above a new mantel, and an electric fireplace requested by the client below the mantel. Sconces on either side of the TV add a bit of Asian flare while also allowing me to remove some of the lamps that were cluttering the space. I continued the shelving onto the window wall, reinforcing the clean lines often seen in Zen designs and made a feature of the client’s Southwestern pottery. I replaced the oversized leather couch with a low profile loveseat, and the leather chair with 2 accent chairs. I proposed reupholstering the existing swivel chairs in a navy fabric, and arranging the furniture in a clean, symmetrical layout (very Zen).
In the dining room, I proposed adding a Japanese style pendant, reupholstering the chairs in red fabric and a new area rug.
And….drum roll please…after months and months, here is the finished space…
And the dining room (note the new kitchen pendants):
I love the new China cabinet that also has wine storage, and the reupholstered dining chairs look fantastic:
As I mentioned previously, a Tokonoma wall was specifically requested:
Close-up of the reupholstered chair, my client’s pottery collection and great view of the Seattle Space Needle (yes folks, that’s real – not PhotoShopped):
In the foyer, I added a new Asian-inspired console table:
…and a bamboo mat to help protect their brand new hardwood floors:
We’re all very pleased with how the project turned out. What do you think?