We were hired by a professional couple in Silverlake to blend their living room and sitting room with their gorgeous home’s Mid-Century Zen architecture. We started by removing the carpet and putting in hardwood to match the natural tongue and groove ceiling above. Neutral paint colors were used to soften the room, create visual space and bring in a feeling of peace and ease. We wallpapered the sliding wood door screens that divide the tearoom and the living room with a metallic texture to bring in an elegant feel where desired.
The accent colors in the room were chosen in mango to contrast the earth tones of soft green and brown. All wood grains, fabric and textile textures, carpet grains were kept flowing in the same direction to elicit the peaceful flow of energy simulated by a Zen garden.
Heavy iron metals, real stone and faux shagreen were used to accentuate the weight and mass of the design in contrast to the elements that were implemented to create lightness—we did this to capture the contrasting forces elicit in the idea of Zen.