Decorating A Morning Room?

Dear Style Studio,

I have no idea what to do with this room. I moved into a new home in January and this room continues to sit empty.

The builder described it as a morning room … I am not sure what that means or how to decorate it.

It currently holds a television console that does not fit into the living room. I was thinking of doing a sitting room, but I’m not sure where to start.

I want to use different colors than my living room just to give the room a pop. The morning room is just off my kitchen, which is gray and black. I was thinking teal or purple or even orange.

Please help!


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Hi Jamie,

When houses had multiple sitting rooms, the “morning room” was originally designed as a room that functions as a spot to greet the morning. In our current day it can be used as a bonus to the kitchen … a place to read the paper or have your morning coffee. Taking advantage of morning sunshine is the beauty of this space.

Since you gave us orange as a color consideration for this space, we ran with it. Punching this room with a bright color will give a refreshing take on each new morning. We recommend to start with our Mendoza Dhurrie Rug in Coral. The bold and graphic pattern in this rug plays in perfect contrast to the gray and black of your transitional style kitchen.

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Position two Larkin Chairs in Linen Greige on the wall opposite the console. In between the Larkin chairs, the Rendard Side Table repeats the black and chrome of your bar stools and gives the perfect spot for your coffee cup. In front of the triple window add our Double X Bench upholstered in Indochine Ikate Stone along with our Morgan Small Cocktail Table in Gray.

Your existing console seems to be happy where you placed it but we would like to see you center it on the wall so it doesn’t feel cramped into the corner. If you aren’t going to add a flat screen above the console, we think our Blossom Delights Giclee would feel right at home with it’s brilliant color.

Consider adding white pottery to the top of your console or maybe a Nouvelles Vase for a whimsical display.

To finish off your space, add simple drapery panel at the end of each window group to provide color. Don’t forget to add a couple of lamps for ambient lighting and your favorite fresh flowers on the cocktail table.

Oh my … you may never make it into the kitchen for breakfast once you start visiting this cozy little spot. Enjoy!

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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