Durban decorator Lee Moon gives a dreary morning room a wake-up call, transforming it into an uplifting space in which to start the day
Painted a dull shade of peach and filled with heavy wooden furniture, this breakfast room was about as inspiring as a bowl of stodgy porridge. Lee Moon used a fresh colour scheme and a few new furnishings to transform it into a light, tasteful space that entices you to linger over coffee and croissants.
Lee’s first move was to paint the walls a soft blue hue, Dulux 30BG 4 9/047, in keeping with the classic look of the house. The existing dining chairs were treated to new slip covers in a timeless blue and white gingham, Babette Check, colour Duck Egg, from Mavromac; this immediately gave them a more up-to-date look. Though it had a few dings and dents, the owners wanted to keep their original dining table as it has sentimental value and so it was left as is.
A jute rug was added to pull this grouping of furniture together and the old-fashioned light fitting was replaced by a witty, wrought-iron chandelier, Parisienne Chicken from Morgan Associates, creating a charming focal point above the table. To replace the dated sideboard, Lee designed an antique white chest of drawers which was manufactured by Creative Wood Designs. She also commissioned a matching cabinet, which was wall-mounted above it to hide an unsightly distribution board. As a finishing touch, she decked the walls with pretty botanical prints and a few decorative plates.