Interior Designer Brigette Romanek Teaches Us How to Set the Scene in a Living Room

Plus, six recently released sofas that match rounded rectangular shapes with rich hues.
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It’s not a competition. The most important thing is that pieces in a room are harmonious. Maybe I’m starting with a rug that I have found or a carpet. And I think about why it’s interesting to me, and that’s how I view the pieces that I bring in to complement it. So it’s all part and parcel of the same meal, if you will. You have a lot of different ingredients, but you come away with a delicious meal. It’s one ingredient after the other. When my brain is sort of at rest about it, I’m not waking up in the middle of the night and thinking, "Oh my god, a lamp should go there." Then I back off. I know I’m done.

For interior designer Brigette Romanek, the best way to set the scene in a living room is to pick out furnishings that blend harmoniously.  

If you’re going to introduce a new furnishing into an existing room, obviously there are some logistics and things that come into it. You have to make sure what you’re going to put in is going to fit in terms of size and that you know how you want to use it. But then you have to think about the story of that room. Does the story behind the piece fit into the story of the room? If you don’t think about that, you can end up with a bunch of things in your garage that you’re going to sell later online. I liken interiors to a movie. There are different scenes. But as you move through the space, you come away with a complete picture.

For a home in West Hollywood, Romanek punctuates the living room with a sunny pair of Facett chairs by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Dwell’s Picks: Turning a Corner

Recently released sofas match rounded rectangular shapes with rich hues that show that color doesn't have to be loud to pop.

Pukka Sofa and Ottoman by Yabu Pushelberg for Ligne Roset

Yabu Pushelberg evokes a classic in the firm’s 2020 collaboration with Ligne Roset. Three densities of foam support the sofa’s lozenge shape, a nod to Gaetano Pesce’s Up chair, and provide its particular mix of give and buoyancy.

Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom of Stockholm studio TAF tailored their first sofa for Svenskt Tenn around ways of reducing waste in the production process. We like the yellow, but it also comes in other equally bright colors and daring patterns. 

A new piece from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams hews to a timeless form while staying on the right side of boxy with its slight curves and low-slung frame. Colors ranging from sky blue to chartreuse keep its understated profile interesting.

Resource Furniture makes the only sleeper sofas we'll allow in our homes, and although it doesn't open up, we will happily crash on the Byron, a new piece with a prim profile. It's available in many shades of Italian-made leather and fabric. 

Emerging Cape Town designer Mia Senekal turned heads when she launched her New Moon Sofa last year. It has become her studio's signature piece, thanks to its sculptural and striate, but surprisingly nappable, contours.

A simple wood frame and easygoing cushions make the sofa from Kalon Studios one of our favorite debuts of the past year. You can currently find it in three flavors: Apricot, Egg (shown here), and Oatmeal.