Double Take: How Did They Make That Mondrian-Inspired Wall?

Bright colors and wood grains create an artful midcentury modern feature in this Southern California living room

“I was just so happy that they went for it,” says interior designer Cynthia Prizant. Her clients, midcentury modern aficionados with two little girls, wanted to make a statement in their living room with a feature wall. Prizant had presented the Southern California homeowners with four options. The boldest option of the bunch was a mix of glossy and wood-grain laminate panels composed in a Mondrian-inspired arrangement.

To lighten up the room, Prizant removed heavy cornice boxes over the windows as well as the draperies, which opened up the views to the backyard and let in the sunlight. The light-colored Roman shades are embroidered with small colorful circles. “We kept them subtle because we already had so much color in here, but they still have the aspect of color in them,” she says.

Remarkably, Prizant found the geometric rug after she’d chosen the colors for the panels. The size she needed was sold out, but knowing it was hands down the best choice for the room, she ordered one that was too large and had it cut down.

The painting over the midcentury credenza was one of the original inspirations for the wall. “They wanted to keep this room open and not cluttered up by a lot of furniture so that their girls would have a place to play,” Prizant says. “The pattern in this rug takes care of filling out the space.” Not having a coffee table in here was a deliberate choice, and the credenza provides a place to stash the girls’ favorite toys.

Wall color: Milkweed, Dunn-Edwards; rug: Fantasy Triangles mod area rug, Liora Manne, Wayfair; window treatment fabric: Ball Game in Spice, Maxwell; Milo Baughman recliner: Design Within Reach


Source:, 6/8/2016

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Sharon Chung

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