Category: Living Room
Designer: Matthew Brenner, Matthew Craig Interiors
Goal: Interior designer Matthew Brenner worked with a single mother to decorate her home in the laid-back, family-friend neighborhood of Wallingford. “When I met her she said two things,” he notes. “She wanted bold wallpaper and loved gray. That was the start of it all.”
Inspiration: “For me, the space plan is always where I start,” Brenner says. “Once I had the flow of the space, I started picking out the bold wallpaper she craved. She is also a big fan of midcentury design.”
Breakdown: Even though there are multiple patterns layered in this living room, the use of a simple palette (predominantly gray and white) creates a calming effect. To anchor the color scheme, Brenner painted the existing fireplace in Anew Gray by Sherwin-Williams. The wallpaper is Orissa Charcoal from Clarke & Clarke. Brenner designed the sofa, which was then fabricated by AW Hoss & Sons. The Oly coffee table and a shell chair from Hans Wegner embrace the homeowner’s love of midcentury design. The rug is custom from Stacy Logan, and a glass piece from SkLO adds a subtle burst of color without detracting from the surrounding neutrals. “It is a very monochromatic space,” Brenner says, “so texture and pattern were very important.”
Tips to Get the Look: Wallpaper, especially with a bold pattern or color scheme, can be tricky, but Brenner has a trick for those feeling hesitant. “I think it is important to mix one organic pattern with one geometric pattern,” he says. “The looks works in this house because we kept to a fairly monochromatic color palette. We used two solid colors as an accent: pale blue and yellow.”
Photography by Sarah Greenman.