The 16-foot-wide dining space in HGTV's Dream Home 2014 feels voluminous thanks to 10-foot-high walls and a steeply-pitched ceiling featuring exposed structural beams. A wall of windows overlooks the front yard and floods the room with natural light. As interior designer Linda Woodrum chose fabrics for this room with a view, she was careful to stick with subtle patterns and solids that didn't compete with the outdoors. The flowy white draperies are mounted at the top of the wall in order to draw the eye up. A traverse rod operates on a pulley system to allow for easy adjustment.
The client wanted a room that reflected their boy's name, "Jonah" without being literal. This nursery is a perfect example of how a room can rock a theme and stay sophisticated, timeless and relevant. This big boy's space will not time out through the use of bold color, dramatic pattern and mature furnishings.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. How to Balance a Bold Pattern: Make sure your colors have a weight to it that can hold up to the bold pattern. Designer Karen Wolf used bright mid tones to balance the whales and also showcase them.
2. Pattern Mixes: The dense wallpaper was mixed with a small window treatment print and open graphic with white field on the floor.
Although this open-plan kitchen and dining area actually is in a loft — in a converted bag factory in Nashville — the principles designer Jason Arnold followed will work in any setting. He says: “The kitchen is opposite the living area, in a large, open space that automatically lends itself to entertaining and family living. We painted the walls, trim, and cabinets the same soft grey to make the spaces feel as one. Because it is essentially a large room with a kitchen at one end, I wanted the kitchen to blend seamlessly into the space which is why there are no upper cabinets and instead, there is a large pantry armoire to the right. The dining table acts as the visual separation from kitchen to living.”
Designer Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta completely renovated the dated fixtures and dark tones in this bathroom, creating a light, airy space with updated features, colors and tiles. Ceramic tile made to look like wood works together with the standalone tub and walls painted in Sherwin-Williams Fleur de Sel to create a contemporary modern look. The centerpiece splurge is the chic Kardiel standalone tub, which Murphy says gives the room a luxury feel.
The Blehm's master bedroom strikes the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energies. The palette compliments the rest of the house but is decidedly more subtle and conducive to rest. Angela takes risks in her design, but always makes room for the classics. For example, the blue velvet bed is flanked by red geometric night tables but finished with classic crisp white bedding. The homeowner admitted that she has trouble committing to patterned area rugs, therefore she typically uses white.... except for in the master. This one is a rich blue, modern take on an animal print. The master bedroom walls are Benjamin Moore, Cumulous Cloud, as is the master bathroom. That shared color creates consistency throughout their master suite.
A New York City industrial loft was redesigned as a live-work space for a photographer. An entry vestibule leads to a reception area for clients. The walk-in closet connects to a bedroom. American white oak planks are used for the flooring, cabinetry and wall paneling in the minimalist space. The project by Desai Chia Architecture won a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for interior architecture.
Mix paint and tile. Take time to consider your paint choice and try it out on a sample board before putting it on all of the walls. This is a simple way to save time and money when redecorating a bathroom. “Make sure you like the color throughout the day,” says California designer Cindy Garten of Unique Techniques. “It will help you decide what color is best because of the different light throughout the day. Try it with the window open and closed. You may not like it. It ends up saving a lot of work and money, because all you end up doing is getting another sample board.” This bathroom was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner.
Why settle for one amazing living room when you can have two? Taking full advantage of his home’s layout, Rayman created this second living area to showcase his love of color. Here he takes the tightly condensed color and pattern of the living area at the front of the space and stretches it out across the rug, pillows and art of this larger room. At the center of it all is a stunning bookcase, a tribute to the designer’s favorite color. Drawing on his expertise and connections, he had the unit custom built in small sections so that they could be assembled quickly once in place.
Floral, copper and rose gold accents coordinate with navy in this gleaming fall tablescape. Instead of chairs, the designer chose to add a bench to one side of the table. A cozy throw draped over the bench adds a feeling of warmth. Set in a beautiful courtyard, the combination of the stone and vines provides texture, creating an inviting space perfect for hosting an outdoor party or even Thanksgiving dinner.
Pops of coral stand out in this living room’s black and white color palette. Designer Mariah O’Brien loves to begin with a white base, adding bold hues in the form of accent walls and accessories for a striking palette. Mariah’s secret? “The whites I like to use showcase the colors, upholstery, fabrics and art in the room without competing with the wall color. If and when our clients need a little change, it is much easier to change out the window treatments, pillows and accessories than to have to repaint an entire room,” says O’Brien.
An LED TV sits in a rustic niche across from the couch. “We have a lot of fencing outside that is cedar. We brought that inside, so there is a real definite tie in,” says HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “We took that cedar, put it in the back of the niche where the TV is, and we painted the opposite wall.”
This chest of drawers in a little boys' bedroom by Mallory Mathison hosts a tableaux incorporating thoughtful details like a silver cup ornamented with a preserved boxwood orb, family photos, a vintage child's toy and the lovely, unexpected detail of fresh flowers. People don't often think of putting fresh flowers in a child's room, but designer Mathison says giving even small children access to nature—as well as to art early on—creates moments of beauty in their lives.
Take a cheap white bowl (this one cost $2 at a Goodwill thrift shop) and add interest by filing it with a unique accessory: pink beads. Then don't forget mirrors, big or small, when decorating a living space. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts of Ivy and Vine used a mirrored tray underneath. Beyond the table, the woven basket holding blankets on the hearth used to be hidden behind a chair.
If a tree with an otherwise smooth trunk suddenly starts sprouting little leafy shoots, that’s a sign the tree is under stress. Epicormics shoots—the leafy sprouts that grow from a tree trunk in little clusters—occur when trees aren’t doing well. It could be due to insects, diseases or environmental stresses like flooding. Some trees are more prone to producing epicormics shoots, so if these appear on a tree you own, do your homework.
Atlanta designer Sherry Hart created a fresh, modern feel on the tower's main level with some mid-century modern style pieces like this wood-base side table and a graphic leafy motif on wallpaper and abstract works by artists Blayne Beacham Macauley and Joe Adams.
A wooden headboard adds style, luxury and comfort to any bedroom, but at a hefty price. Designer Ana White of Ana-White.com shares a simple way to create a bold, rustic headboard that any beginner woodworker can accomplish.
Container-grown plantings are your friend when adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. “When you use typical landscape plants in pots or containers you’ll see them very differently than when they are planted in the ground,” says landscape designer Jeffery Erb. “You’ll see all the details up close and notice textures, vein patterns, the colors on the undersides of the leaves and more. So I like to use a minimal selection of plants in a small terrace or patio because it creates a more calm and serene environment — just what we need in the chaos of a city.” Erb advises choosing slow-growing cultivars that won’t outgrow their pots too quickly.
Actress Joely Fisher is best known for her roles as Paige Clark on '90s sitcom Ellen, and then later as Joy Stark on 'Til Death. Now she’s opening up her home for HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes. Designer Hillary Thomas combines jewel-toned colors such as teal, amethyst and gold to play off the peacock feathers scattered throughout the holiday decor. Rustic, woodland elements bring the entire look together.