It was all about making the main room brighter, taking furniture out and adding colour to balance the predominant brown of the parquet floor, and the dark faux-bois painted window frames with built-in shutters.
This was a textbook project about the power of a mood board as a cornerstone of a project. Scroll down to see the board, and go all the way down to the last photograph to see the starting point.
I deliberately made the mood board brighter than what I wanted the end-result to be, to keep me and the client's attention focussed.
In order to de-clutter the place I suggested keeping the middle of both main rooms empty.