Image: Joel Klassen
This bright Calgary living room boasts a sun-soaked California-cool vibe.
Tasked with creating a setting that put family-friendly feels first, Aly focused on balancing a relaxed practical look with one that’s polished. “It’s all about finding that sweet spot between casual and elegant, which can be difficult to pinpoint. But we made it work, and the room turned out really beautifully,” says the designer, who believes that having kids in the house doesn’t mean forgoing a sophisticated design.
Here’s how Aly transformed this living room from a mundane space into one family’s happy place.
1. He relied on a range of textures.
The homeowner prefers a soothing neutral colour scheme, so instead of using pops of bold colours, Aly introduced interest through multiple textures and sculptural details. “Wood, metal, marble, wool, leather and linen all make appearances here,” he says. “Texture is definitely key.”
2. He used a piece of artwork to create a cohesive look.
The large painting hanging above the sofa is the focal point of the room, pulling together its palette and providing a stunning graphic statement. The piece is made of stretched linen, which adds more depth and texture to the space.
3. He threw in a curveball.
Rustic yet elegant, the coffee table is made of aged elm and boasts a curvaceous form, acting as an anchor and keeping the scheme from appearing too linear.
4. He embraced the features the room already had.
The existing fireplace and its marble surround were sleek features the homeowner didn’t want to lose, so Aly worked them into the design. The veined stone casts a classic mood, while its subtle luxury blends perfectly with the overall aesthetic.
5. He sprinkled it with details that dazzle...
Intricate stitching, a trademark of Moroccan pouffes and cognac-coloured leather lend the space warmth and bohemian flair.
6. ...and a few golden touches.
The roomy armchairs have a soft laid-back appeal that’s in contrast to the dainty yet dramatic metal side tables, but both items have one thing in common: hits of glamorous gold.