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New Year New Room Challenge: Apartment Study Reveal

FEBRUARY 8, 2022 - Written by Kevin O'Gara

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper
Dark brown paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper
Dark brown paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper
Dark brown paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper
Dark brown paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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 paint in cozy living room media room design by Kevin Francis O'Gara, using Behr Dark Truffle paint, antelope rug, and cranes wallpaper

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:

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