When choosing items that you own to fill a bookcase, think about creating a contrast, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. In this Orlando model home, neutral book pages and accessories stand out against the dark wood of the built-in bookcase. "Sometimes our favorite decor is something we already own," she says. If you save money by using existing items, you can also add picture and display lighting to illuminate treasured pieces.
The polycarbonate skin bathes the interiors in sunlight during the day, and the exterior terrace in a dramatic display of light at night. The homeowners absolutely adore the glow from the translucent walls.
This view of the living room is a beautiful example of how sunlight streams into the room and casts interesting shadows. As the day goes on—and even into the night with moonlight—the play of lights and darks continues.
A contemporary glass light fixture adds whimsy to this transitional living room and creates an interesting play of light and color. The traditional lines of a rolled-arm sofa and tufted leather ottoman blend with a colorful, contemporary rug.
Painted in Pure White by Sherwin Williams, HGTV Dream Home 2015 plays with light and looks even more spacious from within. “I think the whole house was painted with a brush, nothing sprayed – it’s an immaculate paint job,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
A niche carved into a wall of this entertaining space features built-in wine storage, a wine cooler and staggered, modern shelving that puts barware on display. Accent lighting under each shelf puts further emphasis on the bar, turning it into a focal point.
A niche carved into a wall of this entertaining space features built-in wine storage, a wine cooler and staggered, modern shelving that puts barware on display. Accent lighting under each shelf puts further emphasis on the bar, turning it into a focal point. A fireplace is the focal point and adds a cozy feel.
In this formal, contemporary living room, the texture of the wood-clad fireplace and massive chandelier work together for a dramatic play of light and shadow. Chairs paired on either side of the modern, glass coffee tables bring a pleasing imbalance and added nuance to the space. The gorgeous fireplace is a highlight of the room.
Make whimsical tree toppers from foam spheres, card stock, glitter and paper straws. To create these, cut several straws in different lengths using scissors. Update a basic foam sphere by painting it a color which coordinates with the tree decor. To play with light, consider adding a layer of glitter over the paint for a sparkling effect. In order to attach the spheres to the tops of the trees, make connectors by shaping and cutting card stock into conicals, then pushing them up into the foam spheres. Next, randomly attach the straws to the spheres, then place the toppers on the trees.