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Orange- and rust-colored carpet in the seating areas—and rugby-striped Flor tiles in the dining section—helped her create islands within the larger rec area (each outfitted with a room's worth of furniture from Room & Board). Then, she further distinguished each section with accent walls, one wallpapered with a retro orange pattern and the other painted a complementary yellow.
Elaine brightened the once-dark space by adding accessories that fit the new color palette—dynamic paintings from Artaissance, patterned pillows from Hable Construction and Jonathan Adler, and a bright orange Pratesi throw from ABC Carpet & Home. As with any residential design, she says, it's little touches like these that really make a place feel like home.