Interior Design Ideas: Make an Underused In-between Space Shine

Thiara Borges Dananberg’s clients have asked her to inject heart, soul and function into what they call “the fireplace room” of their historic Jamaica Plain home. “They struggled to make it a destination, instead of a transitional space on the way to the room with the TV,” says the founder of Studio Borges Interior Design. Borges Dananberg transformed it into a haven by painting the walls and woodwork Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue and adding upholstered furniture in rich jewel tones. “The dark, monochromatic colors anchor it as a central gathering space,” she says.

1 The shaggy, hand-tied blanket introduces warm color, pattern and texture. “Everything else is solid; it gives the impression that the space is more collected”, explains Borges Dananberg. “It’s also inviting and soft enough for kids to kneel around the table to play.”

2 To draw attention to shelves and to show off the owners’ collections, the designer lined the backs with golden yellow sisal fiber wallcovering.

3 She wanted a light that felt like it was already there, rather than a light that would “stand out as a showy moment”. This pendant by Lucid Lighting casts beautiful shadows and doesn’t rival their antler chandelier (seen in the mirror) in the adjacent space.

4 A big sofa upholstered in a luscious performance velor replaced an undersized loveseat and encourages relaxation. Top to bottom, bottom to top shades provide privacy at night. “The big tree in the back seems like part of the room,” says the designer.

5 Borges Dananberg renewed the vintage of the owners armchair with embroidered upholstery. “I’m not an assorted designer,” she says. “The mid-century feel of this fabric graces the room and the colors bring the room together almost slyly.”

6 « The vintage coffee chart with camel hoof legs has a lot of personality, but doesn’t clutter the room,” says the designer. “It’s great for puzzles and games.”


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