6 Design Ideas to Steal From Marisa Tomei's Living Room
When we first laid eyes on Marisa Tomei's utterly arty Manhattan apartment, we were floored. The Academy Award–winning actress has a penchant for interior design—and a "serious furniture habit," according to Elle Décor—and this gorgeous home really showcases that. When she's not on set, Tomei is searching for "pretty things" at thrift stores, at flea markets, and on eBay. "It helps me to wind down," she says. While she certainly has an eye for decorating, Tomei hired New York–based decorator Alexandra Hayden to "help pull the apartment together." One of our favorite parts of the house, and there were many, was the living room, where so many great design ideas come together in the one space. Scroll down for a few you can steal for your own home.
While we're certainly not averse to color—but we do love decorating without it—there's something about neutrals that draws us in every time—we just adore a blanca sofa. But when it comes to your walls, painting them in beige-esque shades lets the rest of your room shine. Just ask Hayden. They painted the living room walls in the warm Dove Tale by Farrow & Ball because it "created a flexible envelope for Tomei's eclectic collections." And we have to agree. The iconic Milo Baughman swivel chair and original artwork really stand out.
Since the shell is slathered in neutrals, you can really let loose on the rest of the room. Decorating is so much fun when you have a beige color scheme to work within. The bold patterns truly turn up the volume and reflect Tomei's diverse personality and passion for beautiful objects. That gorgeous geometric curved sofa is a standout, thanks to the Kuba textile they upholstered it with. We often shy away from pattern because we're either fearful or just unsure, but this room is proof of its transformative power; it just wouldn't be the same without it.
If you want to decorate with color but you're still a little shy, then do as Tomei's living room does and decorate within the same tonal family. Get to know the color wheel when pairing shades together; as a rule, pair complementary colors (which sit opposite each other on the color wheel), or choose colors either side of your main color and work within tones of that color. You can really have fun once you know what your color limitations are. Even Amber Lewis agrees: "Don’t be afraid to mix things so long as the tone is the same," she told Los Angeles magazine.
If you really want to elevate your space, original artwork will take it there. A unique painting, abstract work, or photograph truly is the best garnish to sprinkle over any space, but especially the living room. Why? Well aside from being one of the largest rooms in the house, if not the largest, it's also the one room where you dwell most often, whether it's to read a book, watch TV, entertain guests, or simply relax on a Sunday afternoon, so it deserves to be special. And it doesn't need to be expensive either. Marissa's awesome Picasso-style piece above the mantle is by an unknown midcentury artist and was found on eBay. It's just as famed French designer Robert Couturier told So Haute: “The presence of art really completes a home,” and we couldn’t agree more. If you don't know where to start, these these foolproof tips will help you choose.
Where would our living rooms be without the humble coffee table? It's highly coveted for its beauty and style, yet it's also one of the most practical pieces too. From the bold, antique designs to the minimal, modern styles, a coffee table can really set the tone of the entire room. It's also a great place to inject some of your personality. Make like Marisa and add a sweet vase with a bright posy, a unique decorative object, and a coffee table book. If you need some ideas, these cool coffee table books will get you started.
If we had to name one quintessential item every living room needs, it's the rug. You only need to glance at Marisa's to see why. Her cozy, textured Moroccan style ties all those eclectic pieces together to create one cohesive and totally cool look. It really anchors the space, which is a vital element when you have so many wide-ranging furniture styles and décor. The rug is a major reason why Marisa's bold choice of color and pattern works and appears so seamless.
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