Interior designer Janie Molster astutely mixes color and pattern to create sophisticated and vivacious spaces. She recently transformed the third floor of a stately residence – located along Monument Avenue in the historic Fan district of Richmond, VA – into a chic and colorful guest suite.
Molster breathed new life into the upper floor by outfitting it with two bedrooms, a living area, a bathroom, and a nursery – all tucked into an attic eave that’s now full of vibrant hues and bold motifs. The end result is a happy home away from home.
“The suite affords privacy and space for all guests,” says Molster. “But when pulling our schematics together, we envisioned our client’s adult daughter and young children staying there. The family of four frequently visits from New York, so we sought a colorful and happy design that worked well for adults and children.”
A fun, functional living space
Initially, Molster and the homeowner talked function. First and foremost, the space needed to be a refuge for guests – a place to relax and watch television on a comfy sofa, make a cup of coffee, and enjoy plenty of privacy.
The launching point for the color scheme was a vintage orange, pink, and white Turkish rug that Molster had on display in her design studio. When the homeowner visited Molster’s office, she spotted it and fell in love.
The rug now resides in the guest quarters’ living room, centering the space. “It has all the wonderful colors we pulled for the rest of the decor,” says Molster. “It brings a funky 1970s shag vibe to the room.”
The interior designer outfitted the main living space with a neutral foundation of gray and white, then layered bright colors and graphic patterns to give the area a refined yet cheery feel.
She accessorized with strategically placed pops of …read more