Dara Agruss Design

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Modern Classic Elmhurst Furnishing

It’s not often that we get a blank slate. Furnishing this new construction home was truly a treat. The homeowners brought me into the project a few months after they had moved in. They had purchased a few of the large items such as a sectional for the family room and a dining room table and chairs, but weren’t quite sure how to finish these spaces off. In the family room, we decided to keep the color palette neutral. As always with neutrals, it’s best to layer textures and colors so the room doesn’t appear flat. We did this with a plush area rug that is both beautiful and soft, yet durable for their young family. For accent seating, we included oversized velvet chairs with sleek lines for contrast against the soft curves of the sectional. In addition to the light wood coffee table and console behind the sofa, leather and brass ottomans were used to provide extra seating and yet another layer of textures.

In the dining room, we used a bold grasscloth wallcovering to contrast the neutral colors of the family room. It compliments the black tray ceiling really well and the subtle sheen in the paper allows light to bounce around the room. A wool area rug was used to define the space from its nearby, connecting family room. We chose a wool rug because of its inherent resilience and resistance to stains, in addition to its luxurious texture. Lastly, we topped the room off with beautiful artwork, which adds a pop of color to the room.

One of my favorite rooms in the home is the office. I was so excited when the homeowner trusted me to use this richly colored area rug. The rust color in the rug compliments the deep blue walls so well. We pulled those same rust and gold tones into the art. Dark blue and rusty orange are always a stunning combo.

In the primary bedroom, we decided to create a spa-like sanctuary with soft, muted colors. We used soothing colors with shades of blues, grays and mixed metals. Soft, neutral tones adorn the walls, including a very subtle graphic wallpaper behind the headboard. The room’s minimalistic layout, free from clutter, makes this primary bedroom truly a sanctuary of relaxation.