In order to maintain its historic authenticity, designer Erica Riggio selected period paint colors for the exterior of this renovated 1920s bungalow. The updated landscaping incorporates native plants to create a lush entrance to the home.
This historic, adobe-style home is full of surprises, including a painted door tucked in one of the many hallways. With its saturated colors, swirling designs and antique locks, this piece is less of a fixture and more of a focal point.
The kitchen in this historic Tudor home was a bit outdated, so designers brightened the space up a bit with a fresh coat of paint and new cabinets and appliances. The walls were painted bright yellow, making the kitchen reminiscent of a sunshiny day, reflecting the natural light that spills into the space through the windows above the sink. New, white cabinets replaced older, outdated ones, and new appliances update the space, while still remaining true to the historic design of the home. To add warmth to the space, dark, soapstone countertops were added for durability and style, off setting the bright colors with a darker one.
Indoor brick walls add industrial, historic and rustic charm; however, the brownish red tone of the brick drastically limits the possible color palettes a homeowner can use. To keep the brick pattern and the rich texture, paint the brick bright white in a flat finish. The white brick will make a room seem much brighter and also allow virtually any color scheme to work well.
Designers strove to honor the historic architectural bones of this bedroom, but also freshened up its overall look using bold splashes of color and whimsical art. Painting the ceiling dark blue pulls the eye up. Over the bed, floating shelves in varied shades of blue and orange are a bright landing pad for artwork and books.
A fresh coat of paint works wonders on this historic home, instantly brightening the 1870s interior and making it look more modern. Using the white walls as a canvas, the designers then introduced splashes of color via the bright red art in the foyer and a pink sofa, green chairs and blue area rug in the living room.
Designer James Farmer feels that when it comes to historic furniture, engagement goes a long way. "Remember what the pieces — a sideboard, a storage chest, a secretary — were intended to be. They were meant to be used! I like to use them today, whether for their intended purposes or to display collections. Whether it's painting the back of a secretary a nice color or filling a chest with toys, puzzles and books for the kids, the most important thing about living with antiques is continuing to use them. That takes the seriousness out of them."
In this Tudor kitchen, designers aded aspects that would modernize the space, while make sure the new design kept true to the integrity of the historic Tudor home. The walls are painted a light yellow color that makes the space bright, while the white cabinets and black soapstone countertops help to create a unique contrast. The upper cabinets are glass paneled, creating a more modern display case, while the lower cabinets are updated and have plenty of room for storage. Wood panels cover the kitchen's major appliances to help them seamlessly blend in with the design and create a sophisticated space full of all the modern comforts with plenty of traditional charm.