Photo courtesy McMillin Interiors.

Room tour: A colorful, cozy sitting area by Dan Bergeron

These days, a sitting area may as well be code for “place where the TV resides.” But in a time where house calls and friendly interactions run scarce, we here at inRegister have been taking special stock of the walls that surround our daily living areas, admiring the small details and personal touches that turn these gathering spaces into aesthetic niches.

In the case of this room designed by Dan Bergeron, a decorator with McMillin Interiors, tonal elegance is the name of the game. Unafraid to mix vibrant reds with the subdued hues of a deep, slate blue, the result is a look that elevates texture and pattern while evading the pitfalls of overabundance.

For an inside look at the design process, we reached out to Bergeron for a step-by-step breakdown of how this comfy living area came to be:


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1. Color

“When my clients approached me about transforming their rarely used formal study into a place they can both escape to and entertain within, I knew I needed to create a ‘jewel box’ filled with a curated mix of thoughtfully selected elements. I selected a deep, blue-green paint color in a high-gloss sheen to create a sophisticated and moody vibe while entertaining with cocktails, that could also remain calm and relaxed while sitting down with a book. This color application toned down the existing traditional detail of the fireplace mantel and triple crown moulding to more of a textural element in the room.”

2. Fabrics

“Rich, light, neutral velvet fabrics were selected to contrast the deep color of the wall and trim work and to let my clients’ love for original artwork—especially the large floral abstract commissioned for this room—take center stage. I chose a classic Chesterfield sofa to provide both comfort and style here.” 

3. Accent furniture

“A clean-lined, flame mahogany and brass end table combined with modern bunching cocktail tables add formality to this masculine design through striking wood grain in a high sheen.”

4. Metals

“Elements of hand-antiqued brass found in the column table lamp, chandelier and wall sconces add warmth and balance to the grey tones used throughout the room while maintaining an updated traditional style.”

5. Wall covering

“A textured ostrich wall covering was installed on the backs of the built-in shelving flanking the fireplace, adding an additional layer of dimension to the room. Its light greige color sets the perfect backdrop for small framed art pieces, pottery, books and other accessories that have been collected over the years.”

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