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Updating a living room in hot pink

A standout color and cheerful floral patterns transform a once-dated space in Natick.

Greg Premru

Catherine Skaletsky couldn’t wait to get her hands on this Natick living room to update it. “It was done in purple and mauve from the ’80s,” she says. Playing off crisp marble she would use in the adjacent kitchen, the principal of Catherine & McClure Interiors painted the entire space in her go-to white, Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. Rather than undertaking demolition, she installed wood paneling to cover the fireplace’s existing stone face, then whitewashed the bricks. A trip with the couple, with whom she’s worked for 20 years, to the Boston Design Center turned up fun fabric choices. “They were excited by those sharp, young colors,” Skaletsky says. “Even in wintertime the room is sunny, bright, and happy.”

1 Barrel back swivel chairs can face the seating area, the television, or the dining area, and provide a saturated foil to the crisp white. “The clients fell in love with this pink fabric.”


2 Architectural stone side tables add texture and earthiness. “The natural material grounds the crisp, sexy pinks,” Skaletsky says. “There’s a fine line; you don’t want a candy striping effect.”

3 A low-slung sofa is upholstered in leather with channel tufting along the inside of the arms and back. “The clients loved the shape and how tailored it is,” Skaletsky says. “It got us away from the old-fashioned style they had before.”

4 Local artist Robert Reynolds made the painting over the sofa. “I wanted something ethereal and fluid that wouldn’t compete with the other piece,” Skaletsky says.

5 For the drapery and roman shades, Skaletsky chose a Manuel Canovas linen fabric printed with flowering branches. “The panels break up the long wall behind the sofa and the draped shades soften the tall and narrow windows rather than accentuate them,” she says.

6 Skaletsky commissioned Atlanta-based Susie Pryor to create the lush floral artwork for over the fireplace. “The clients gravitated toward her pinks, whites, and greens for this room.”


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.