Modern Brown Lounge
Photograph by Emily Minton Redfield
A basement elicits dark, cavernous visions for most, but designer Darla
Bankston May conjured a hip and refined salon. “My vision was of a lounge
with a retro vibe while still keeping a sophisticated edge,” she says. The
designer masked the cold and industrial concrete walls and drop ceiling by
enveloping the entire space with drapery, which lent instant atmosphere.
“I chose soft velvet in a deep gray for the walls and a lighter gray sheer to
give the appearance of height to the low ceiling,” says Bankston May. The
furnishings—white linen sofa, gray Tibetan lamb’s-wool-covered bench,
mirrored coffee table and starburst chandelier—capture the glamour of a
bygone era with a modern twist. A pair of yellow armchairs and aqua lamps
infuse color, while a large-scale patterned rug adds dimension.