Omon Anenih-Mordi is the creative vision behind Blue Mahogany. After receiving formal training in the UK, Omon worked in the interior design department at the American InterContinental University (AIU), London and gained experience working with Susan Llewellyn Associates, a high-end interior design practice in London. Omon was responsible for incorporating Blue Mahogany Ltd. In 2006 and has been dedicated to the team ever since. Her international training and local knowledge has made her an invaluable asset to numerous project teams.
Q: I am looking for advice on side tables I will need for my living room.
A: As I don’t know what you have going on in the rest of the space, I cannot say specifically what sort of side tables would work with your current scheme. What I can say though is, whatever you do, please don’t do boring! There are so many interesting, creative, quirky or glamorous statements you could make to take the humble side table from being just another surface to place a cup of tea or glass of water on, to something of a showpiece in its own right. Although pieces should complement each other, I almost never use matching side and centre tables. A mirrored side table would compliment almost any scheme and add a little bit of sparkle and glamour to your space. For additional storage, consider using a small chest or trunk. The current design trend for all things metallic can easily be incorporated with a couple of gold dipped or copper finish side tables. Entertain a lot? A nest of stools might be just what you need. Just pull the extra tables out when you have friends and family over and tuck them neatly away afterwards. This also means you never have to choose whether to give up your gorgeous table lamp for more practical usable surface space.
Q: How do I select curtains for my living room? My walls are bare; any suggestions?
With curtains and drapes it is important that you select for your lifestyle and locale as well as for your living room. Do you have any allergies? asthma? Young kids? Pets? Where do you live; Humid Lagos? Dusty Abuja? Are you happy to foot huge dry-cleaning bills or would you prefer something you can stick in the wash and not worry too much about? And then of course there are all the questions about the style options, the mood you are trying to create and so on. I won’t bore you. In the spaces I design, I usually prefer to focus on simple but great quality fabrics, understated and timeless curtain styles with excellent tailoring, and then spice things up a little bit with gorgeous tie backs and trimmings when trying to create a more classic look. My philosophy with curtains really is less is more. I would recommend instead, that you jazz up one or two walls with some stunning paintings or framed prints that you love and that say something about you and your style. But don’t feel you need to fill up every wall. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the odd ‘bare’ wall. When looking around at all the loveliness and other focal points in a space, the eye really does need a place to rest.
Q: I am in a dilemma in designing my living room – living room and kitchen are open plan. Kitchen has white cabinets, to match that should I go for lighter tone of furniture in living room or darker furniture?
First of all, white isn’t a color that needs to be matched. In theory, you could select almost any color scheme for your living room and style it in a way that it compliments your white kitchen. A light scheme will give you a more open, airier feel and create the illusion of more space. Cliché as it might sound, it is actually true. On the other hand, a dark scheme on the living room side could give you a very dramatic and bold contrast. Possibly introducing one white piece like a large vase or other statement piece over in the living room area will tie both ends together and emphasize that element of contrast. I guess it really is down to what your personal preference is; bold dramatic contrast or soft effortless harmony?