Designer Charlotte Lucas isn’t afraid to use bold colors and whimsical patterns, and that’s exactly what her clients wanted in the quirky upstairs room of their Georgian-style Myers Park home. Rather than disguise the arched doorway, protruding corners, and sloped ceiling, Lucas enhanced those features with a mix of playful patterns and colors. She used the existing built-in shelves to create a workstation and chose fun, durable furniture and accents to fit the irregular space.
MAKE IT WORK
The homeowners, who have two young girls, wanted the room to function as an office and playroom. So Lucas painted the shelves dark teal and covered the walls in a green grass cloth pattern from her House of Harris line. For the niche, she had the Hickory Chair sofa custom made to fit the tight space and upholstered it in Schumacher Citrus Garden fabric with navy Jim Thompson velvet piping.
Mixing geometric and botanical patterns can be tricky to pull off, but Lucas layers prints and patterns in different scales to add visual interest without overwhelming the space. She used the same Schumacher Citrus Garden fabric for the Roman shades and placed ”punchy” geometric pillows on the sofa for some variety. “We added vintage yellow desk chairs at the workstation,” she says, “and a bulletin board behind the desk area that we wallpapered over to conceal and make more aesthetically pleasing.”
ROOM FOR FUN
Lucas chose playful furniture like off-white tulip chairs, yellow velvet ottomans, oversized beanbags, and a gold flower-shaped wall sconce. The textured Stark carpet warms up the play area, and the Roman shade is motorized so the kids can control it. “The wallpaper is the most obvious statement,” she says, “but it’s the combination of these two visually arresting patterns and the saturated colors that make this space so special and quintessentially fun.”