A Gloomy Studio Becomes a Chic Pied à Terre



My clients recently sold the Manhattan studio I designed for them last year. I found these before and after photos, which I think are instructive.

In the choice of furnishings in this small space, scale is everything. Too small and the room is uncomfortable. Too large and the room is cramped. Either way the room will seem smaller. I carefully chose pieces that fit the scale of the space, creating an airy feel that makes the room appear larger. The vibrant red, white and cream palette lends sophistication and style, and the halogen bulbs in the track lighting focus a clean, bright light on the high contrast colors. I enjoyed daubing the space with red touches—the bowl, the throw, the books and, of course, the paintings. The fur blanket on the bed adds texture and a soupçon of flair.

When you look at the before and after pictures, you can see the dark, gloomy studio become a comfortable, chic pied à terre. The buyers who snapped it up the instant my clients put it on the market must agree.

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