Before and After: A Bachelor's Living Room Gets a Stylish Upgrade
We must say, when we first laid eyes on this stunning makeover, we were transfixed. Washington D.C.-based designer Lindsay Speace took on a dated two-bedroom townhouse in nearby Arlington, Virginia. Her mission? To transform the bland home’s lacking interior into the perfect retreat for her bachelor client. “The townhouse was originally built in the early 1980s and the previous owners—an older couple—really hadn't changed a thing,” the designer tells us. “I was brought on to take it out of its time warp.” By brightening up the space with new paint, adding architectural interest with cabinetry, and creating a flexible furniture plan featuring a mix of materials and styles, Speace gave her thirty-something client a home to be proud of, and show off.
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Creating a calming home that was also fit for parties was the name of the game in this redesign. “The client is an executive at a Washington think tank who travels frequently for work,” says Speace. “With his hectic schedule, he needed a relaxing home base that was also well-suited to entertaining friends.”
When it came to the design of the space, Speace turned to classic American menswear for inspiration. “The room needed to be handsome and tailored, but not so much so that it wouldn't be welcoming to guests,” she tells us. “Most importantly, my goal was to make the space fresh and modern.”
Speace opted for a colour palette of peacock blues, grey, black, and brown, to set the tone for the masculine space.
New paint on the walls and original brick, modern window treatments, and recessed lighting all brighten up the previously drab space. Painting the interior doors a high-gloss black creates contrast and provides some vintage appeal.
To add architectural interest to the home, Speace designed and installed built-in bookshelves in the living room, which also offer additional storage.
The room’s new furniture was carefully chosen to accommodate the client’s lifestyle. “Floating a tuxedo sofa in the living room and pairing it with chairs that swivel to face the television and fireplace is a perfect arrangement for poker nights and game days,” Speace says.
The client’s existing side table adds a much-needed rustic element to the design. “It ended up being a great counter-balance to the more modern coffee table,” the designer notes.
When asked for her advice for making high-impact changes, Speace doesn’t hesitate. “Never underestimate the ability of a coat of paint to immediately freshen up a space,” she says. “And just because your space wasn't blessed with original detail and charm doesn't mean you can't add it—it's well worth the investment!”