Contemporary Living With a Rustic Flair
Orange Accent Wall Electrifies Contemporary Living Room
A bright orange wall livens up this otherwise neutral contemporary living room. The space is filled with fun touches, including orange-striped throw pillows, a shaggy area rug and a rustic sliding barn door.
When designer Rachel James' client asked for a more open, bright and colorful living space, Rachel knew just how to make their interior design wishes come true.
Describe the homeowner's wish list.
The client wanted to open up the living space by knocking out the guest room wall and adding a sliding door. We used reclaimed hardwood on stainless steel casters to create a rustic yet modern and industrial theme. This building was the first condo erected in downtown Clarendon (area of Arlington), so it became the blueprint for all other condos in the area.
What was the biggest issue the design addressed?
We wanted to bring in light and create more openness, making the rooms function as a large living space that was industrial, yet classy and full of chi.
In this cool transitional condo, designer Rachel James mixes rustic charm with contemporary furnishings for a fun collaboration of styles.
Office and Space
To keep the living space feeling more spacious and connected with the rest of the condo, the sliding barn door can be left open to expose a view of the stylish home office.
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- area rug
- barn door
- coffee table
- floor lamp
- glass-topped coffee table
- hardwood floor
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- orange throw pillows
- sliding barn door
- sliding door
- throw pillows
- accent wall
- task lighting
- ambient lighting
Table for Four
Just off the living room is a quaint dining area big enough for four. The bright orange chairs tie in perfectly with the vibrant hues used throughout the rest of the living area.
Touch of Glass
With so many colors and textures, it was important not to let the space become overwhelming, a task Rachel achieved by incorporating a simple glass coffee table as well as the glass dining table.
Smart Sliding Door
Since the client wanted to create a feeling of more space in the living area, a barn door which slides open and closed was the perfect way to connect the office and living room.
The peaceful home office offers a simple, clean space for work with a cool design that reflects the rest of the home. "The artwork in the office area was inspired by one of Stravinsky’s ballets," explains Rachel. "It looks to be a simple abstract, but it actually has great depth in meaning."
One wall of the home office utilizes the same bright orange as seen in the living room, but the sleek black sofa brings a more sophisticated touch to the space. A gorgeous cowhide rug ties the room together nicely and generates visual warmth throughout the room.
A view of the living room from the home office shows just how seamlessly the two rooms connect, making the client's wish for one big living space a reality.
Describe an obstacle in the space.
There weren’t too many large obstacles, however working in a condo presents a certain set of challenges in terms of timing, parking and making sure all elements fit in the freight elevator. Demolition involved issues in making sure we didn’t affect duct work.
How did the end result match your original vision?
The original reclaimed wood for the door warped and had to be replaced. We painted the columns in a custom finish to replicate the concrete pillars on the wrap-around deck, however the general painter accidentally painted over the faux finish, so we had to redo it.
What lessons did you learn from this project?
Loved the way the rooms could absorb a bright color. Even though we used Racing Orange by Benjamin Moore on the walls, orange upholstery on the chairs, and orange pillows, the effect was at once energetic and soothing. This bright color is quite liveable.
What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?
The artwork in the office area was inspired by one of Stravinsky’s ballets. It looks to be a simple abstract, but it actually has great depth in meaning. The wrap-around deck truly functions as an extra room, and the client spends all the warm months living outside.