An expanse of wenge wood plays with the recesses in the drywall to create a voluminous and open airy space with grand geometric elements. Eye-catching pendant lights, hung at assorted heights to create a mobile-like chandelier, are prominent centerpieces hung over assorted seating, from sofas and chairs to a long, leather bench around a chic glass coffee table, ideal for casual conversation or quiet reflection in this peaceful living environment.
Venetian plastered walls, cypress beams and custom-made wrought iron lighting set an elegant tone upon entering this traditional living room. Designer Troy Beasley mixes contemporary chairs, tables and accessories with charming Moorish art and rich, Tuscan hues. Tuscan style is known for its natural, earth-toned colors, like golden yellow, terra cotta and green for an airy effect in warm-weather places, and this ivory and gold color scheme provides just that.
Designer Kathleen Navarra granted the homeowners' wishes of a light, airy kitchen with crisp white cabinetry and a cerused oak island topped with marble while weaving in her trademark use of color. Navarra turned to rich chocolate tones for the grasscloth wallcovering, hardwood floor and La Cornue oven and hood and painted the ceiling with a sky blue lacquer to add depth to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 kitchen.
Once a neglected detached garage, this beautifully appointed guest suite retains its original idea through the installation of a garage door. A separate track allows for a barn door that encloses the guest bathroom. The bed takes advantage of the light and air from a bank of three large windows. Meanwhile, a petite kitchen area provides cabinetry and a sink, giving guests the essentials for a light snack. White walls and bedding give the space a clean, airy look and feel.
When Erin first moved in, the accent wall behind the bed was painted a loud orange tone, the previous tenant's homage to the San Francisco Giants that play just across the street at AT&T Park. To keep the space open and airy, she and Chris painted the walls a classic white (Benjamin Moore 01), then selected a palette of light grays, muted blues and creams. To add a personal touch in keeping with the airy aesthetic of the room, Erin added photographs with special meaning for her and her husband, Chris. "I don't like having photos of people everywhere. I like photos that are more landscape or locale-based, but hold personal meaning," Erin explains. "The photograph print of Outer Banks, North Carolina means a lot to Chris and me because that's where we first met, at a friend's wedding. I gave it to him for our first anniversary. I think it's the perfect inspiration piece for creating a bedroom that's calm, serene and all about Chris and me."
The master bedroom was converted into a luxurious, serene haven with a color palette consistent with the rest of the apartment. A light wood floor was used in this space for an airy feel that is softer than the marble in the rest of the home. A white area rug complements the upholstered bed frame and modern white nightstands. Chrome pendant lights add a hint of glamour and just the right amount of accent light.
This master suite's makeup vanity takes advantage of the natural light pouring in from the large window bank above it. The light, airy curtains give the space a little privacy, while still allowing light to flow into the room. The neutral color palette and the elegance of nature are present again in this part of the suite with the soft blues and whites of the desk and chairs, as well as the soft linen chandelier above the desk.
Everything about this Malibu, California, living room is designed to highlight the home's focal point: the view. A wall of glass provides a sweeping look at the ocean beyond, while walls and furnishings are neutral so as not to distract. In the beachside sitting room, Mid-Century Modern chairs rest atop a cream shag rug. Even the wine cellar is glass, keeping the entire space airy, open and light-filled.
Designer Rodney Tassistro created this high-end cottage style kitchen featuring solid wood countertops, custom cabinetry and open shelving. Traditional leaded glass cabinet fronts contrast with a very modern polished wooden countertop and backsplash. The diamond pattern inset into the glass cabinet doors adds interest but still keeps the light and airy look of the open shelving on the opposite wall. The space above the cabinetry is a great spot for the homeowners to display favorite pottery and accessories.
This bright and airy Pool House which once served as the town's dance hall and speakeasy was transformed into a comfortable, functional place for the family to unwind. Large oversized windows provide expansive views of the pool. Functioning as a family space and game room, the room includes white board and batten walls and ceiling, modern blue upholstered sofa and side chairs, modern accessories and lighting, pool table and black bar.
In the master bedroom, David and Kortney wanted to create a space that would feel bright and open like the rest of the house, but would still have its own, distinctive style, so they chose to anchor this space in a soft blue rather than mint, giving the space a more romantic feel. Large windows with airy, white curtains help to add to that feeling, while a neutral rug and neutral chair help to tie the space together.
HGTV star Leanne Ford created a dining room area with a white stone wall to complement her trademark white on white design next to her open, airy kitchen, as seen on Rock the Block.
When Rehab Addict star, Nicole Curtis, brought the designers an old barn to use in their kitchen renovations, Leanne Ford decided to trim her kitchen window in thick, rustic barn wood. Painted white, the unique trim pairs perfectly with the charming, well-worn look of the rest of the space.
Rows of large, uncovered windows lets natural light flood the high ceiling and open design of this stylish sitting space. Black and beige graphic rugs soften the gray stone floor and add eye catching pattern to the solid color base of the room. A contemporary chandelier hangs out over a sliding glass door that leads to a wood patio. A stylish leather chaise creates a spot to sit back and enjoy the airy room.
Designer Genevieve Gorder created her lovely transitional master suite using a soft, airy color palette on HGTV's Genevieve's Renovation. Antique Moroccan doors lead into a dreamy walk-in closet, and a light gray marble fireplace creates a stunning focal point in the room. A white media table balances a weathered dresser on the other side of the fireplace, which is a practical way to include a television in the room's design without making it the focus of the space.
Exposed wood beams, an ornate chandelier and artwork give this space an open, airy feel. A stone and wood mantel and fireplace bring warmth, while bold, colorful throw pillows add visual interest to the room. Minimal window treatments paired with multiple windows bring in plenty of natural light, complementing the neutral color scheme of the painted tongue-and-groove ceiling. Ornate, traditional furniture provides a nice contrast to the mix of modern and formal seating throughout the area.
The reclaimed wood accent wall in this master bedroom creates a focal point for the space, while setting the tone. To add style and design, the wall sconces, which are on a pulley system to allow the homeowners to adjust the lamps to their desired height, and overhead chandelier break the traditional approach of bedside lamps and a ceiling fan, providing a romantic, yet functional, feel to the space, while the white bedding, airy curtains, microfiber rug and earth tones infuse the room with softness.
It’s easy for a small space to feel cramped even with little or nothing in it. Yet throughout this space Leyden mixes many different forms, styles, and types of art, tying them all together in a color palette that not only accommodates his various collections but makes the space feel larger and more airy. The living room is a study in warm neutrals with pops of blue and black that set the stage for the oversized black-on-black artwork that is the room’s centerpiece.
When space is tight, it's smart to consider a spherical fire pit that takes advantage of vertical space rather than horizontal space. Since this fire pit is elevated off the ground with legs, the center of the patio feels more open and airy, and it also allows for more floor space to accommodate furniture.