Avant-Garde Great Room

Designer Tineke Triggs designs a great room that combines a couple's taste for modern design and a love of art with warmth and functionality.
Contemporary Red And Gray Great Room With Patterned Rug

Contemporary Red And Gray Great Room With Patterned Rug

Photography by Eric Rorer

By: Jeannie Matteucci

A San Francisco couple with a love of art and a taste for modern design ask designer Tineke Triggs to create a great room which shows off their personal art collection but also has warmth and feels livable.

Triggs explains how she used the right placement of art to address the layout of the space and created a great room with a serious sense of style.

What was on the homeowner's wish list for this great room remodel?

The couple wanted a space where they could entertain, hold family gatherings and showcase their passion for art.

Bold Artistic Great Room

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Feast for the Eyes

The right color combination and the modern art make all the spaces of the great room flow together.

Dine in Style

This glamorous dining space features a custom table by an artist and childhood friend of the homeowner, made from a single slab of walnut.

Clever Design

For the host chairs on the dining table, designer Tineke Triggs used the modern ghost chair legs from the side chairs and added rich red fabric from Clarke & Clarke in Florentine Garnet.

Modern Edge

The large Andy Warhol self-portrait makes a statement above this rustic entryway table.

Stylish Seating Area

Modern furniture and accents of white, gray and red create a dramatic and sleek living room design.

What was the single largest issue that you faced on this project?

The home had a highly modern palette which was perfect for displaying art but didn't provide the feeling of a home. The challenge was finding and creating pieces to highlight the art but warm the space.

How did you address design obstacles?

The layout of the space was a bit challenging due to the location of the front door and some floating stairs. By creating the flow of the rooms based on the integration of art, we were able to overcome the perceived challenges to the space.

What did you learn from this project?

When you really believe in a design element that is crucial to the overall look and feel of the space, you need to take a risk and do it. You might fail and it might cost you, but it might be the element that makes the design breathtaking.

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