Home decor ideas: make an intermediate and underused space shine


Thiara Borges Dananberg’s clients have asked her to inject heart, soul and function into what they call “the fireplace room” of their historic Jamaican Plain home. “They were struggling to make it a destination, instead of a transitional space on the way to the room with the television,” says Studio Borges Interior Design founder. Borges Dananberg transformed it into a haven of peace by painting the walls and joinery in Benjamin Moore Van Deusen blue and adding upholstered furniture in rich jewel tones. “The dark, monochrome colors anchor it as a central gathering space,” she says.

1 The shaggy, hand-tied carpet introduces warm color, pattern and texture. “Everything else is solid; it gives the impression that the space is more crowded, ”explains Borges Dananberg. “It’s also welcoming and soft enough for kids to kneel around the table to play.”

2 To draw the eye to the shelves and showcasing the owners’ collections, the designer lined the back with a golden yellow sisal fiber wallcovering.

3 She wanted a light that felt like it was already there, rather than one that “stood out as a flashing moment.” This pendant by Lucid Lighting casts beautiful shadows and does not compete with their wooden chandelier (seen in the mirror) in the adjacent space.

4 A big sofa upholstered in plush performance velor has replaced an undersized loveseat and encourages relaxation. From top to bottom, from bottom to top nuances offer privacy at night. “The big tree at the back is part of the room,” says the designer.

5 Borges Dananberg has renewed the owners’ cuvée armchair with embroidered padding. “I’m not a matchy-matchy designer,” she says. “The Mid-Century feel of this fabric graces the room, and the colors bring the room together almost slyly. “

6 “Vintage coffee table with feet in the shape of a camel’s hoof has a lot of personality, but does not clutter the room, ”says the designer. “It’s perfect for puzzles and games. “


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