A lowered ceiling panel hovers above the open plan kitchen, one of the home's many stunning architectural details. Glossy concrete floors make a vibrant textural contrast to the kitchen's rough limestone walls.
When considering a renovation, the homeowners had several items on their wish list. The back stairs needed to be restored; the eat-in area needed to be updated, and the homeowners wanted the individual spaces in their home to be defined, so designers made these dreams a reality. The stairs that had been closed off have been renovated and are now functional. The eat-in area has been modernized by pushing the walls back to create more space and by adding a red accent wall and modern furnishings. To create the delineation homeowners wanted between spaces, designers dropped the ceiling to create a clear pathway from the front of the house to the back, giving each space its own separate area while still keeping the home connected.
A dropped ceiling adds intimacy to this kitchen, which is situated in a high-ceilinged, lofty home. Some wood elements have a rustic feel, while others -- like the barstools -- are pure modern elegance. Light-colored stone floors work to lighten the space.
The basement includes zones for playing and working. The husband and wife team removed dropped ceilings, painted the cinder-block walls and installed carpet floor tiles — which can be removed and washed or replaced — and layered with rugs to soften the space.
The dropped ceiling over the bed area create a cozy enivornment of clean white linens and contemporary white furnishings. Over the seating area, the ceiling soars and features exposed wood beams. Woven barrel chairs pair with a plush sofa to create a sitting and TV watching space.
A backlit onyx fireplace serves as the only divider between the bedroom and bathroom in this expansive master suite. Structural columns are wrapped in wood, and dropped ceilings allow for pockets to house window treatments. A vast mosaic wall guides the eye back toward the bathtub, making the masculine suite feel even larger.
Dark stain on dropped ceiling beams is repeated in the window moldings and open shelving in this airy Mediterranean-style kitchen, bringing unity to the space. Wood and stone elements add warmth, while white cabinetry and pops of bright color keep the tone light. Commercial-grade equipment turns the space into a true chef's kitchen.
Located in the front of the house in what once was an old attic space with dropped ceiling and skinny closet, a reflective electric blue vinyl wallcovering was used to give this bedroom bold style. The modish bedroom now also includes tons of closet space and a much larger window opening with lipstick red roman shades that floods the space with natural light.
An industrial-style black queen-sized canopy bed with statement light fixture above are two of the stars of this clean and contemporary guest bedroom, with an unexpected color scheme that combines ultra-white, black and Kelly green. Previously the vaulted ceiling was hidden, so the dropped ceiling was opened up and structural framing was done to create a more open feel for this alluring bedroom.
When the couple first entered the space, it took their breath away. And not in a good way. “Everything looked like 1984,” Gladys recalls. “Wallpaper, kitchen, cabinetry — the basement was completely carpeted [and there were] dropped ceilings.” A desire to renovate all at once led to Gladys and Frank living and sleeping in the upstairs living room for several months as renovations took place everywhere else. Once the moment arrived to design a proper living room, however, Gladys made up for lost time.