DIY : A Warm Make Over Of a New England Colonial

Transforming this New England Colonial into a modern, minimalist home was an impressive feat. Sean C. Juneja, co-founder of the design service Décor Aid and the project’s designer, shows us how he did it.

AFTER: LIVING ROOM

ELLEDECOR.com: Can you tell us a little bit about the house?

Sean C. Juneja: Our clients came to us with a lovely New England colonial in a beautiful part of Greenwich, Connecticut. The community is charmingly rural — the clients loved the proximity to horse farms, as well as the easy commute to New York, where they work. But the ‘70s-era house was in need of some updating.

BEFORE: BLUE, YELLOW AND FLORAL PRINT

AFTER: VIBRANT RED AND A BOLD CEILING

ED: Why did you choose to embellish the ceiling while leaving the walls fairly neutral?

SCJ: The details on the ceiling were inspired by a Parisian hotel where the family had once vacationed. It’s a very subtle way of introducing some pretty bold visual texture into the room — it’s eye-catching but up just out of the sightline it doesn’t overwhelm. Design is all about balance. Since we did something so bold overhead we kept the statement underfoot simple, with the cloud-colored silk rug.

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