Having successfully launched their three children into the world, Christina Wikman’s empty-nester clients were intent on remaking their Sharon home. When it came time to tackle the sitting room, they asked the Woburn-based designer for a fresh, sophisticated scheme. “The walls were cranberry with white trim, which felt not just dated, but cottage-y,” Wikman explains. “It needed a refresh.”
The couple uses the space for watching television and entertaining, so Wikman stuck with a dark color to maintain the room’s cozy vibe. She used Farrow & Ball “Hague Blue,” a deep teal, on the walls and trim. “A monochromatic approach really modernizes the look,” she says. Its high-gloss finish reflects light, while the white ceiling keeps the room from feeling boxed in. The back wall, which Wikman covered with Thibaut grasscloth and accented with a gold-leafed mirror, draws in the eye. “The space is right off the entry, so we needed a dramatic focal point,” she says.
The layout and furnishings encourage conversation and maximize comfort. The flat-screen television hangs on the wall across from a Wesley Hall sofa fitted with a single bench cushion that Wikman likens to a mattress. A pair of swivel chairs can face the sofa, the TV, or the fireplace, and the Serena & Lily raffia-wrapped coffee table is easily accessible from all seats. A brass bench upholstered in Robert Allen velvet and an ottoman from Lee Industries provide extra places to perch in a pinch.
Wikman’s finishing touches ward off stuffiness. The Greek key print on the throw pillows acts as a foil to the marble patterning of the Roman shades, while a mix of metals defies matchy-matchy. Finally, the earth tones of the Stark “Antelope” rug tie the light hues of the upholstery, raffia, and grasscloth to the room’s darker elements, such as the leather armchair and antique-brass drink table. “The rug plays well with the room’s neutrals,” Wikman says. “It pulled everything together.”
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