As seen on HGTV's Home by Novogratz, the Novogratzes used cool light blue paint for the walls to give this master bedroom a calming tone to complement the ocean view. Adding a vintage mirror for the client's own collection of furniture helps brings the soul to this modern architecture design. Finally, off-white curtains with tassels add some whimsical charm.
This charming transitional pool house features an open yet sheltered design that makes it the perfect spot for an outdoor event. Fretwork on a series of "windows" adds a modern touch to the space, as do the clean-lined rug and cushions. Woven furniture is traditional yet designed to withstand the elements.
Susan Brunstrum designed her client's second home in Park City, Utah employing a "Mountain Modern," theme, which contemporizes the natural look of rustic furnishings for today's lifestyle. For this great room, the designer added contemporary furniture to contrast with the more primitive resonance of the stone fireplace and dark woodwork. The color palette of the room is soft and subdued, which plays nicely against the room's more masculine elements.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Cousins on Call, John and Anthony have brought in soft patio furniture from Home Depot, bright colored pillows and accessories from West Elm, and curtains from Berkensteins NYC have turned this cold backyard space into a warm, inviting, modern space that makes you want to feel comfortable and relax in the outdoors.
This transitional white master bedroom is a traditional minimalist's dream. Large floor-to-ceiling windows and French glass doors bring in lots of natural light, while the tray ceiling with crown molding adds that traditional touch. Furniture is kept limited with white statement pieces, keeping the space open and showing off the beautiful hardwood floors. A marble fireplace mantle and glass wall adds a little modern dazzle to the room.
The sitting room in this Midcentury Modern home was designed to reflect the serenity of the pool area. The white walls, white furniture and lighted mirror wall work to reflect the natural light and view of the pool that floods the space through the windows and sliding glass doors that provide access to the outdoor entertainment space, while blue accent pieces highlight the blue of the pool and California sky.
Before committing to a space plan, first consider the best focal point to enjoy from the comfort of your outdoor living room. The modern pool here is definitely the star of the backyard, so by orienting the furniture to look out at it, friends and family have an instant conversation starter for breaking the ice. Plus it's great for encouraging interaction between those lounging and those taking a plunge in the pool.
In the powder room, designers wanted to continue the comfortable, modern ranch style they started in the living room, so they anchored their design in the white shiplap that covers most of the walls in the house. Then, they added a wood vanity with a gray countertop that echoes the colors of the furniture in the living room. Finally, designers added a bit of edgy contrast with a black mirror, black fixtures and black sconces.
Give your version of midcentury style a more personal look by letting your home’s geographic location influence the design. For this house in Austin, Texas, for example, designer Christen Ales, chose colors and motifs that nod to the southwestern site—and yet still have a midcentury look. “The décor mixes fun bohemian patterns and textures, like this wallpaper from Cavern Home, with modern and more traditional Mexican style furniture silhouettes for a clean, but eclectic look,” she says.
Clean lines and contemporary furniture mix with traditional lighting and Mediterranean design details in this California dining room. Curved lines create harmony in the space, from the arched doorways to the recessed ceiling dome to the round mirror above a modern console. Black and white art is a theme that carries through other rooms in the home's 11,000-square-foot interior. A wall-size pocket door opens this space to one of a series of outdoor courtyards.
The family room boasts a collection of vintage furniture, finds and artwork curated to reflect and meet the needs of this young, modern family. The triptych above the sofa, a product of one of the Stansell’s art installations, manages to bridge all of the room’s colors successfully. The 1970s settee was recovered from a barn and brought back to life with the brightly colored teal upholstery. Whitney’s current most prized possession is the Candice Greathouse photograph above the fireplace.
This family room features a diverse mix of fabrics, patterns and materials to create a globally-inspired, eclectic space. The deep midnight blue accent color on the ikat drapery is carried over to the hand-painted wooden plaques above the fireplace. The whole look is grounded with a large oriental rug and a classic-lined sofa. Accent furniture, including a unique hammered bronze metal coffee table, modern orange chair and classic wing-back chair complete the look.
Exposed wood beams, an ornate chandelier and artwork give this space an open, airy feel. A stone and wood mantel and fireplace bring warmth, while bold, colorful throw pillows add visual interest to the room. Minimal window treatments paired with multiple windows bring in plenty of natural light, complementing the neutral color scheme of the painted tongue-and-groove ceiling. Ornate, traditional furniture provides a nice contrast to the mix of modern and formal seating throughout the area.
Chris mixed modern with traditional to create a transitional design style. He paired a tailored, button-tufted, 1960s-style sofa with an ovular, bronze and glass coffee table that has more traditional lines. For rustic, masculine texture, Chris opted for end tables made of driftwood with glass tops. A pair of mid-century modern table lamps added a touch of the unexpected to the space. Altogether the furniture arrangement came to slightly over $2000. After searching for art, Chris couldn't find anything he connected with and instead had a professional photographer shoot his collectible Cutlass convertible, and then had it framed as fine art.
To create a comfortable space in this loft's living area, designer brought in a velvet chair that begs to be lounged in. The bold, blue of the sofa adds color to the space and is warmed by the neutral, modern sling chair and polished wood slice coffee table. To give definition to the space, a neutral rug lies below the furniture and a gallery wall of black and white photographs keeps this living area from spilling over into the loft's other spaces.
A new open space for family gatherings makes your home much more livable. Although a family room addition will be expensive, especially if you’re adding exterior footprint, you’ll recoup more than half your costs in added home value. If you want to add high-end touches in a space where the kids will run wild, think vertically (and make durable choices for flooring and furniture): this remodeled family room from Tenhulzen Residential is comfortable but modern, featuring cherry cabinets with vertical-set tile surrounding the fireplace.
The homeowner wanted a bold, playful design in her home, so designers wanted to choose pieces that would be stunning and beautiful and blend well in the space. They started with a light blue color on the wall that draws in the colors of the picturesque views of Riverside Park down below. Then, they added bold patterns and colors, along with chunky furniture to the space, finishing the design off with a modern light fixture to complement the home's funky, eclectic vibe.
Blended in with the elements that give the room its rustic feel, a few contemporary elements, like the side table and lamp, give a touch of modern cool. “For the furniture,” Pflug says, “I tried to choose a mix of styles. I was definitely looking for things that referenced the history of the Hudson Valley, but that would still feel at home in a contemporary space. The room has a very contemporary feel, but it also feels like a nod to the past.”