I have been working on a couple of clubhouses which are perfect examples of such a challenge. The owners were ready to update the grand rooms in the community clubhouses; the furniture was beautiful, but it was worn from over ten years of use. Doesn't seem like much of a problem.... however the budget, in no way, would accommodate replacing the existing window treatments.
Design challenge: update the space while coordinating with 13-year-old draperies.
It is evident from this before picture, that these window treatments are HUGE. Like 25 feet long and all the way across the giant walls. So, we couldn't just ignore them and pretend they weren't there. In fact, they play a key role in the design of this entire space.
While keeping the main furniture neutral with caramel colored fabrics and leathers, the red accents came through in the throw pillows and rugs.
|Detail of Clubhouse - After|
|Clubhouse - After|