Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
When building an outdoor space, include a conversation area in a "U" or "O" shape anchored by a fireplace, suggests designer Brian Thompson of Thompson Custom Homes. For this outdoor living room, he paired distressed wood beams with muted brick walls for a casual, weathered look.
With a view like this, you may never want to go inside. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful view of the desert is put on full display from the back patio, which also features an infinity edge pool and spa.
Arizona Desert Retreat Living Room is Open, Rustic
The entryway of this Arizona retreat opens up to a large living room and bar area. Exposed beams and stacked stone walls and fireplace create a rustic vibe, while accessories and cacti plants bring in an element of the southwest.
Rustic En Suite Bedroom With Stacked Stone Fireplace
A soft gray color palette contrasts against the rustic elements of exposed ceiling beams and stacked stone in this cozy bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow beautiful views of the Arizona desert and mountains.
This striking infinity pool offers sparkling views of the mountains. A covered patio anchors the space, creating a quiet and dream-like place to watch the sunset. A glass perimeter enhances the seamless indoor-outdoor relationship with the home.
This infinity pool captures the views from every angle. The natural materials of stone and wood blend seamlessly with the desert surroundings. A negative edge pool captures and reflects the beautiful sunset drama and makes this outdoor space simply divine.
Comfortable Living Room With Southwestern Influences
A cozy TV-watching spot in this Arizona desert retreat is the perfect space to relax or have some quiet time. A cowhide area rug grounds the space, while furniture in soft tans and distressed woods bring an earthy, southwestern style to the space.
General contractor Emilio LoCascio suspended a swing from the ceiling to add an element of fun and whimsy to this eclectic living area, which opens up to the dining room and kitchen. Exposed beams, matching square chandeliers and beautiful tile floors are used throughout all the spaces to create a seamless look.