Online lifestyle editor Briana and her boyfriend Buzz, a mobile developer, intended the bedroom in their Brooklyn loft to have an airy, calm, Palm Springs-inspired feeling. Yet the expansive wall behind their bed seemed impossible to fill and they knew small pieces would just make the space feel cluttered or jammed. By opting for one large piece of art hung directly above the bed, they found their sleeping area was instantly anchored. The key to using art successfully in small spaces is to opt for large, over-scaled pieces. Art pieces like this instantly add a graphic focal point and also offer a single source of color to inspire paint and accessories that personalize the space.
This five bedroom, five bathroom estate in Houston, TX, offers more than 7500 sq. ft. of charming, open concept design. In the living room, the space offers a calming neutral tone and flows naturally into the dining space and eat-in kitchen, with high ceilings and modern steel and glass doors lining the wall to the outdoor space.
Designers in Eastmark were tasked with creating a series of park structures to fit into a planned development community that could serve as a gathering space for community members and a venue for special events. This larger pavilion space creates a great space for congregating on a cool fall evening, while the sort of "blank canvas" design, with the only fixed detail of the interior space being the fire pit", allows for the perfect venue for a special event.
Behind the bar in this game room is a large space perfect for preparing cocktails and snacks. Big cabinets hold glassware for any occasion; a sink is on hand for cleaning up after a party. The ample counter space allows two or more people to be working behind the bar at a time; a wine refrigerator is a helpful addition to the area.
As seen on Love It or List It Too, homeowners Neena and Jag needed a larger kitchen to accomadate their large parties. Designer Jillian Harris solved this by moving the kitchen to where the dining room used to be, which offered a larger footprint for countertops and storage space. She unified the kitchen and living room by using the same neutral paint throughout.
After walls were removed, this Fixer Upper kitchen has much more room. To maximize the functionality of this space, Chip and Joanna added a large kitchen island that added more counter and prep space, as well as gave the family a place to sit down for a casual meal. Joanna continued her rustic industrial style in the kitchen, painting the cabinets to match the trim and molding throughout the first floor. She also added industrial pendant lights, an industrial style sink and rustic industrial barstools to complete the look.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, to maximize the space in this kitchen, Joanna added a functional kitchen island to increase seating options and give the family more prep space for meals. Gray cabinets match the gray trim and molding from the rest of the open concept first floor, and rustic stools provide complementary style. A subway tile backsplash polishes off the space, finishing out the design.
Having an outdoor entertaining space was important to the homeowners, so designers included a large back patio with outdoor dining area into the home's design. With accessibility to the home from sliding glass doors from the kitchen and indoor dining area, this space allows the homeowners to easily entertain and enjoy time with friends and family in an al fresco setting.
Since this living room was so large, designers wanted to create two, functional spaces in a single room. To define the areas, a console table was placed between the two sofas. Then, designers chose two different anchor colors-gray for one area and white for the other. The gray space is meant to be a warmer, more formal entertaining and relaxing space, while the white section is brighter and more fun-meant for a more casual gathering.
This impressive modern style home with glass walls features a large outdoor living space with two seating areas, one with a TV meant as a lounging area and the other hosting a large dining table, island bar and grill for dining outdoors.
A large island offers plenty of prep space, a spot for enjoying meals and storage space in this white transitional kitchen. Built-in bookshelves keep cookbooks within reach while making for a colorful display.