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Raspberry accents jazz up a formal living room

A burst of color lifts the mood in a Metro West Colonial.

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Newton-based interior designer Vani Sayeed’s clients are not afraid of color. “They are very well traveled, love art, and have a great sense of style,” Sayeed says of the family of four. When it came time to decorate the formal living room in their freshly renovated Colonial, Sayeed concocted a scheme grounded in neutrals, with raspberry accents and pops of chartreuse and mustard. Cool pale-gray walls provide just enough contrast to show off the richly upholstered seating and hand-knotted wool rug. Sayeed says, “The subtle damask-patterned, tone-on-tone rug laid a foundation for the bold colors and textures of the textiles, furniture, and objets d’art.

1 Inspired by the deep pink and red tones in the clients’ existing abstract artwork, Sayeed used sheer silk drapery punctuated with bands of raspberry to boldly frame the room.

2 Hand-blown Venetian glass lamps provide visual interest without color, silver vessels contribute shine, and a rabbit figurine from the family’s collection adds whimsy.

3 Striped silk pillows add pops of color, and Moorish-style geometric pillows reflect the inverted-minaret detail of the coffee table trim.

4 The sculptural Porta Romana Blossom chandelier, made of forged steel and dotted with chunks of crystal, makes a statement without blocking the view.

5 A cut-velvet animal-print fabric by Scalamandre covers the Thomas Pheasant for Baker Furniture chaise.“It has beautiful lines and enhances the room’s architecture,” says Sayeed.

6 The leather chair plays off the furniture in the adjacent study, and the easy-to-move slipper chair is upholstered in the same fabric as the chaise.

7 The custom coffee table, with barley-twist legs, was made for the homeowners years ago to match their dining room set.