In Draper, designer Meagan Macievic transforms a previously unremarkable living room into one filled with luminous light, timeless style and uplifting details. Her strategy, dissected: 


“I like to add black and white to every room. It’s elegant and timeless like a tuxedo,” says Meagan Macievic, principal of Meagan Rae Interiors.  This classic color pairing creates the perfect backdrop for the designer to add shots of bright, leafy green. “When you pop in natural colors, even if they’re vibrant, you get a fresh, traditional look.” 


Macievic clad the eight-foot ceiling with shiplap siding and shallow boards replicating beams. Semigloss paint makes this overhead treatment gleam. “The higher sheen draws the eye up making the ceilings feel higher,” she says. Black banding trims white drapery panels, a clever vertical detail that visually heightens the room.


“To make the room feel light and bright, we needed to draw attention to the windows,” says Macievic, whose eye-catching, black-trimmed draperies frame the portals of natural light. Walls painted with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove amplify the room’s abundant sunlight, and leggy furniture pieces allow the light to flow freely throughout the space. 


Macievic layered a variety of elements to create depth and interest. Tables and chair legs feature assorted materials and finishes to “give the rooms a lift,” she explains. A thick Stark rug contrasts texturally with tailored seating, casual fabrics and a clean-lined fireplace surround that anchors the room. Symmetrically placed art adds to the engaging mix. 

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Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.