Living Room-Foyer Combination Dilemma by Jennifer F.

Dear ballard-I am in desperate need of your help. I have a living room/ foyer that has me so confused. There is very little wall space. I have attached several pictures , so you can hopefully guide me. I am a big fan of all ballard furniture. The color of the walls is bleeker beige by benjamin moore. I am open to changing the rug in the foyer, if need be. I would like the room to have neutral colors with pops of color here and there. I have attached pictures.

Thank you-
Dear Jennifer: Thank you for your recent dilemma. What a wonderful space! We do think we have a few suggestions that may help you with this space. Our first thought is to place our Hudson Settee centered in the bay window area. We think the classic lines of the Hudson covered in our Taupe Velvet will really make a statement. We have two rug choices for in front of the settee either the Penelope Rug or the Florentine Rug. On either side of the bay window, we think one Spa Blue Panelhung from ceiling to floor will frame the bay without sacrificing the light. On either side of the settee we chose our armless Leyland Chairscovered in our Imogene Blue fabric for a soft textural feel. We love how the linen of the Imogene Blue fabric has an aged look about it. In front of the Hudson, we chose the West Indies Coffee Tablefor its natural look. On the left side of the bay beside the Hudson, we think a 24” Terrific Trio Table with a burlap tablecloth and our Cote D’Ivoire Lamp in cream on top will work well. On the side of the other Leyland chair, we chose our Olivia Side Table in antique brass. Across from the settee we felt our Benedetta Console (Tuscan Brown) against the railing would help to tie things together. On the walls entering your family room, we chose our Soliloquy Prints (one hung on either side of the opening to your family room) to create a soft and subtle statement. Below the print nearest to the dining room, we chose our Newport Demilune (dark mahogany) to complete the space.
We do think that this open space can now be a warm and stylish room that works with the rest of your home. Please let us know what you think – we love the feed back and don’t forget to send pictures when finished. We would love to post them on Style Studio.
The Style Studio Team




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    November 6, 2011

    What great suggestions! I love your picks for this room.

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    September 3, 2011

    You have a fantastic space to work with……….Get going!!!!

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    June 4, 2011

    This is fantastic. I hope you will post some after pictures Jennifer. I can’t wait to see the final result

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    Eileen Siss

    May 7, 2011

    Dear Design Team;
    I am trying to match the paint from your most recent catalog, page 73. It looks like a turquoise-gray, but it does not match any Benjamin Moore colors. Can you tell me the brand and color? Thank you very much.
    -Eileen Siss

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      Ballard Designs

      May 9, 2011

      Eileen: The wall color on page 72 & 73 is from Farrow & Ball. The color is Dix Blue #82. Please order a sample of the paint. Through the printing process the colors in the catalog can appear different. We do suggest painting a two x two foot area and look at it day and night to determine if this is the color you wanted.
      The Style Studio Team