They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and this entrance definitely has a WOW factor. From the dazzling, oversized light fixture to the quirky wall decor collected from all over the world, you are instantly engaged as you walk through the dramatic steel and glass doors. The adorable faux sheep were custom crafted in Paris for the homeowner and set a playful tone as cuddle little greeters for guests coming and going.
Simple in its design, but dramatic in its presentation, this dark wood vanity serves as a strong anchor in this white bathroom envisioned by Pure Interiors Design. The pristine backdrop of white subway tiles and China blue and white toile wallpaper allow this beautiful piece of furniture to take center stage. A gold-framed mirror, simple candle sconces and a vase of cut roses add to its formal design.
A wallcovering showcasing Southern plant and animal life is a dramatic design decision in a grand mirrored stairwell with a sunlight. Savage Interior Design completed the space for a Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City. MJ Atelier hand-applied plaster for the custom wallcovering. The black-and-white stairwell has a wrought iron railing and hardwood floors, while the landing has a dark sofa and nesting cocktail tables.
The Stansell family dining room is minimal in design but dramatic in hue. The gorgeous green is definitely a showstopper trimmed out in white and a perfect complement to the tulip-base white dining table. This room is an example of the fun you can have mixing furniture styles. The wood-stained chairs are more traditional, but they sit comfortably at a modern table, with an edgy chandelier and surrounded by contemporary art. The color green is associated with growth, harmony and safety: I’d say that’s a perfect fit for Stansell family dinners.
The dressing room features the adaptation and repurposing of vintage Birdseye maple cabinetry circa 1950, obtained at an estate sale. Originally a built-in bedroom set, Designer Lauren Levant separated and rearranged the pieces to create the dressing room's closets as well as a new double sink vanity for the bathroom. She raised the clothes armoires onto a new continuous platform she built and lined with LED light for dramatic and efficient shoe storage around the full perimeter of the room. Between some of the armoires, Levant added hanging rod sections and accessory sorting solutions.
A key factor in creating a dramatic dining space is grounding the area with a rug. Black and white is a color combination that works well with virtually any palette, and its stark contrast is helpful in breaking up the monotony of a strong dominant color. Here, the black and white was used and repeated on the floor and also on the wall with vintage graphic art.
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants, which are dramatic when illuminated by landscape lighting at night.
Bold, blue artwork defines this high-drama dining room, which features white walls and a coffered ceiling with a unique, angular design. Slipcovered chairs offer crisp, yet comfortable seating that invites guests to linger. A wine cellar is surrounded by smoked glass, giving visitors a peek at the bottles stored inside. A built-in sideboard next to the wine cellar is functional and stylish, and offers a perfect nook to display dramatic artwork.
Are we poolside or lakeside? In his redesign of this Mediterranean-inspired, lakeside villa, Jason Brownlee keeps us guessing by creating the illusion of a continuous flow of water. The pool, at its 13-foot elevation from the lake, was oriented to the lakefront beyond with a reflective, infinity-edge pool using an overflow perimeter system that allows water to fall to lower basins below, while seeming to sit flush against the upper patio floor. The effect is dramatic yet inviting for family and friends to relax and enjoy the spectacular view.
The hip black and white look of this barrel cactus cut and placed on alternating black sand and table salt is made even more dramatic with the addition of vertical porcupine quills. "Pour one mound of table salt across each side of the glass cube. Layer black fine grained sand on top. Repeat. Layer with white aquarium pebble before placing cactus," says Anne Gunnels of Honey + Gunn Succulents. The table design is by @pleasebeseatedrentals.
Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, carried out a wintery theme for this wedding with white and blush roses, white ranunculus, silver brunia berries, frosted pinecones, white anemones and gypsophila (baby's breath). “Don’t overlook baby’s breath for a winter wedding." she says. "It matches the crisp, clean feel of winter and, by itself, can produce a stunning and dramatic effect. Not to mention, gypsophila is much more affordable than out-of-season blooms.” Florist: Petals + Twigs.
A black ventless gas fireplace was made more dramatic with a whitewashed porcelain tile façade in a brick pattern that spans from the floor almost all the way to the ceiling for a clean and modern look. A flat-screen TV with art mode that allows viewing of beautiful works of art placed above the fireplace has a customizable walnut frame that adheres with magnets and helps the TV blend with the rest of the room's decor.
When choosing a plant to make a bold statement in your home, instead of one single dramatic specimen, stage a grouping of several plants. This quartet features variegated houseplants that offer contrasting leaf textures that combine to create an eye-pleasing scene: dracaena surrounded by silver pothos, Aglaonema and spider plant. Stairstep pot sizes to stir more interest. Skip the cachepots and simply wrap plants in burlap for a unified look that’s natural and a ready complement to many decorating schemes.
Landscape architect Jason Brownlee took one look at this lovely Mediterranean-inspired home that is situated at the end of a lakefront peninsula and drew inspiration from its radial core and natural surroundings and created a work of art in this outdoor design. Not only are the sculptured angles of the patio, walkway and railing reflective of the circular architecture of the home, but also in the masterful design of the infinity-edged pool and interlaced catch basins, giving this outdoor space a sense of magic in motion. The design shows passion with purpose and invites the homeowner to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of this home's dramatic but inviting character.
Bay windows can be a design challenge. For Jeanine and Bryan they took the opportunity to carve out both a dining and work area in the bay window. A large round dining table is a perfect fit. On the table, which is perfect for both work and entertaining, a dramatic arrangement of branches towers over a collection of favorite books together with a sculpture from artist Murjoni Merriweather.
In a new home, designer Jodie Cooper took the concept of dramatic lighting to new heights, using a custom-made “bulkhead” suspended from the ceiling by chrome rods to light the kitchen and dining area. “The bulkhead also helps to visually define the kitchen area without losing the loft style feel,” she says. And, she notes, “having a modern kitchen does not need to translate to having modern décor. By blending pieces, such as retro dining chairs, Chinese antiques, rustic dining table combined with Turkish patchwork rugs, we created texture and layers, which add a kind of Bohemian style to the home to create what I call a “Global Eclectic” interior.”
As seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes, designer Laurie March transformed TV personality Kendra Wilkinson and husband Hank Basketts' living room into a glittering, disco-inspired Holiday wonderland featuring a twelve-foot tall, white Christmas tree with deep blue and chartreuse ornaments, a custom mantle art piece, disco balls and copper-colored balloons on the ceiling. The tall, dramatic tree helps fill the large, empty space in Kendra's high ceiling living room.
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.