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NEW YEAR NEW ROOM CHALLENGE: APARTMENT STUDY REVEAL

Products for this challenge were sponsored by Milton & King, Mohawk Rugs, and The Home Depot. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

It’s finally reveal day for my New Year New Room Challenge study design! I’m so grateful for this challenge for pushing me to complete my first full room design in my new apartment, and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. When I first imagined this space, I knew I wanted a cozy, dark lounge that was perfect for working, reading, and watching movies. Plus I was dying to paint a room dark brown, so I jumped on the opportunity to create my dark chocolate haven with this space. Get all the yummy details of my truffle brown apartment study design below!

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(One-of-a-kind lumbar pillow from SmithHönig)

This wallpaper makes the most fabulous backdrop for the room. It’s the Milton & King Cranes design from their Kingdom Home collection and I love how the green colorway sets a natural tone for the color palette. The dark brown wall paint (Behr Dark Truffle) matches perfectly with the feathers on the crane wings. These fun creatures set the tone for a traditional room with a twist – the large-scale of this design updates the pattern for a precedent to the more contemporary elements in the space.

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(Striped throw pillow, faux fur throw pillow)

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

The fact that this sleek sectional fits PERFECTLY in the room is pure luck, but I’m in love with the clean lines of this piece. Despite having the black version in mind for the room, the beige works just as well in the design scheme with a warm neutral that ties in the classic area rug.

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(Green fringed velvet ottoman)

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

An antelope pattern is absolutely quintessential in a study/library design, and this area rug from Mohawk Home is perfect in here. It’s incredibly soft but the construction is super durable (and it’s currently on sale!). It checks all the boxes!

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(Summerset gray accent chair)

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(Titian antique tobacco desk)

Every single piece of furniture in the room is from Home Depot’s incredible home decor selection, which I can count on for a diversity of styles and price points! I embraced the mix in here and played with different silhouettes to get a collected look full of personality. From the velvet and fringe ottomans to the traditional roll-arm armchair and gold leaf bookcase, I found furniture staples that really completed the room.

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(Lupe aged brass task lamp)

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

The beautiful Federal-style gold leaf bullseye mirror is actually a piece that my grandfather “Zeus” made! He was incredibly creative and hand-cast all of the plaster ornaments around the frame. It’s a piece that makes me smile every time I see it, and I think it’s found a pretty perfect home in this room as the centerpiece on the statement wall.

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign

Dark brown walls in apartment study media room design by Kevin O'Gara with Cranes wallpaper, green velvet ottomans, gold mirror, and Antelope rug on Thou Swell #study #studydesign #livingroom #livingroomdesign #apartment #apartmentdesign #library #librarydesign #mediaroom #mediaroomdesign #traditionaldesign #wallpaper #brownwalls #neotraditional #interiordesign #homedesign(Stonewash velvet throw pillow)

This black spiked lamp is a new favorite – it’s the spunky young touch that I knew the room had to have! I love seeing it in my window when I walk by the apartment…

It’s so comfy curling up on my sectional with a blanket and all my throw pillows (these faux fur ones are BEYOND cozy) to watch a TV show before bed. I can’t wait to have my friends over for a movie night in here! A huge thanks to Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for organizing the New Year New Room Challenge and including me in this round!

There are 16 other talented designers sharing their completed rooms today, so head over to the other NYNR challenge participants and check out their amazing designs:

Casa Watkins Living // The Boho Abode // Delineate Your Dwelling // Haneen’s Haven // The Happy Housie // Homemade by Carmona // House by Hoff // Jeweled Interiors // Kaleidoscope Living // Our Fifth House // PMQ for 2 // Rain on a Tin Roof // Southern State of Mind // Taryn Whiteaker // This is Our Bliss // Thou Swell // Up To Date Interiors

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10 Comments

  1. Krista wrote:

    What a gorgeous space! I love the wallpaper and the warmth of the room! The layers of texture are perfect!

    Posted 5.12.20
  2. Haneen wrote:

    KEVIN! This is incredible! Love the mood in here! All the pieces you chose are gorgeous! Way to go! – Haneen

    Posted 5.12.20
  3. Absolutely stunning! Wow…so well done!

    Posted 5.12.20
  4. Corinna Henderson wrote:

    I am IN LOVE with this vibe. That wallpaper is spectacular. And I love the mix of furniture you chose for the room. It even looks bigger than when you first revealed the space.

    Posted 5.12.20
  5. Dinesh Kumar wrote:

    Wow i love those designs and wallpaper are amazing. And i love Green fringed velvet ottoman.
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    Posted 5.12.20
  6. Ariel Garneau wrote:

    I don’t think I’ve ever loved brown walls, but here I’m definitely reconsidering them! The stork wallpaper is one I had been eyeing for a while, and it really sings here. Well done!

    Posted 5.12.20
  7. maggie crehan wrote:

    i thought he had inherited a 1970s home and this was before, but i am glad he likes it.

    Posted 5.12.20
  8. What a great space! Love your patterns and great use of texture. I would cozy up in here any day! And those lamps are absolutely amazing! Beautiful work, Kevin!!

    Posted 5.12.20
  9. The color palette is so sophisticated and I can’t believe the sectional is from Home Depot. Everything looks so high end and elegant. Beautiful job!

    Posted 5.12.20
  10. Brenda A. wrote:

    I have an entire Pinterest board for ideas for brown walls in my living room. I’d first gotten the idea from a Ballard catalog and loved it but it’s not common. And now I see you with your beautiful Dark Truffle (thanks for linking to the paint color – it’s perfect!) and know that perhaps I was on to something. Since YOU are a trend setter, I’d better hurry and do my LR before everyone else does it! Love your style, love this room, and those emerald ottomans are killer. Can’t believe it’s all Home Depot. Well done you.

    Posted 5.12.20

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