Dark, Geometric Accents Pop Against Monica Kahn’s Neutral Palette
In a room flooded with natural light, soft and striking elements create drama in a contemporary space.
Photography by Timothy Kolk
The gut renovation of this 1985 contemporary house updated and refreshed the look while working with the original clean lines and open plan of the house. "In the living room, we used a soft neutral palette consisting of shades of taupe and added a bold splash of color in the artwork by Ron Ehrlich above the sofa," says designer Monica Kahn. "We added French doors along the whole back wall of the house, which connects the living room to the family room, and kept the whole area open and light, making it great for entertaining, both in the interior and exterior."
Whitlock: There is a good balance of light and dark with great paintings and accessories.
Lima: Materials, finishes, and furnishings are masterfully curated in this living space. The room is flooded with natural light, which allows for the dark wood floor to ground the space. The use of two main seating groupings is a wonderful way to maximize the space, and even features a dining area. I really like the fireplace wall, which provides display space for the owners’ collections in a minimal cantilevered shelving system. The flanking wall on the other side of the room balances these shelves through the use of a vibrant and bold painting. Both seating groupings seem grounded on their own, yet work together brilliantly to allow for elegant and effortless entertaining.
Kossar: Linear cantilevered shelving, a large contemporary painting, red accents, and dark wood create drama in this contemporary space. The two different seating areas are varied but go well together.
Mintz: Rectangles and light and darks mix with a colorful eye-stopping painting. Modern, elegant, and inviting.