Monday, August 27, 2012

Family-friendly interior design

The room is fresh and lively; its a place where the family has fun together, says designer Rachel Reider. (Michael J. Lee)

Room by room, interior designer Rachel Reider has worked with the homeowners to update this Sudbury Colonial. Throughout the multiyear process, a neutral color scheme prevailed. But when it came time to focus on the family room, the owners were ready for a more vibrant palette. "It was exciting to try something different in this space," says Boston-based Reider, who selected furnishings with shades of lime green, blue-gray, lavender, and orange and a mix of patterns and textures. Located off the kitchen, the room has a creative, casual vibe that promotes togetherness for the family of four, says Reider. "They love it. It's where they always want to be."

  1. A LARGE-SCALE PIECE by Amy Maas and bought at Jules Place in the South End incorporates the room's dominant hues and serves as a focal point; the multiple layers of oil paint and high-gloss varnish offer textural appeal.

  2. THE SLEEK GAS FIREPLACE with a surround of dark wood and Pietra Cardosa replaced a traditional wood-burning brick one, giving the room a more modern flair.

  3. THE OTTOMAN was custom made by Plantation Design in durable faux snakeskin. "You can eat at it, put your feet on it, and it wipes clean," says Reider. Its round shape also promotes easy circulation around the room.

  4. THE ULTRASUEDE SECTIONAL and wool carpet are light gray. If you're not used to rooms with lots of color, Reider says, it's best to have a neutral foundation. "Layer the color and pattern in smaller accent pieces. That way it doesn't feel like a huge commitment."

  5. CERAMIC BOWLS made by Heather Knight serve as eclectic wall art. "We sent her paint chips of the room's color palette, and she matched the glazes to them," says Reider. "They bring a 3-D quality to the space and are a great conversation starter."

  6. A COMFORTABLE BENCH by Charles Stewart Co. upholstered in velvet provides additional seating as well as soft texture.

  7. A CARVED WOOD TABLE from Pfeifer Studio adds a "fun and funky" element, says Reider. "Someone once described it as a chess piece, and I really liked that."

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