On episode seven of HGTV Design Star season six, contestant Mark is asked to make over a formal living and dining room for a young couple. Because the couple loves music, Mark creates a custom record installation. "The record wall...stunning," says judge Vern Yip.
Once all natural light has faded, the coral walls of the bathroom appear a pink shade of salmon. When using high-energy colors on walls, many designers suggest testing the paint in several areas of a space, then taking note of how those colors read at different times of the day. This is especially important when coordinating fabrics, tile or wall covering.
Every space in this San Diego condo is used to its potential. This open space between bedrooms and bathrooms is turned into a music room the whole family can enjoy. To keep the floor clear, guitars are hung on the walls, and bright orange furniture brings playful color to the room.
This music room features a baby grand piano and tufted black leather bench atop a luxurious white cow hide. An audience of two can sit in the taupe armchairs which feature nail head bordering, while a musician can choose either an electric guitar or piano with which to perform. Floor to ceiling white curtains, a maroon set of drawers, and gold wall art complete this look.
Downstairs, the family room is a space for relaxation. A gallery wall curated around the television turns the focal point of the room into a work of art. At the top of the wall, a photo of Tze’s grandmother brings a note of family and history to the space.
An elegant dining table and midcentury modern chairs denote this corner of the room as the dining area. A large colorful painting fills the end wall, a cheerful contrast to the space's neutral furnishings.
The suede wallcovering in the Twins' Music and Play Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 offers soundproofing for music rehearsal. The closet space is painted a bold orange that matches the art table on the other side of the room, adding the youthful hints of color that help the room come alive.
The black accent wall and pastel wall art provide the perfect backdrop for this vintage gold bar cart display. Designer Notes: "My bar cart was super easy to style. It's vintage and has just the perfect patina, so just about anything looks good on it," says designer Naomi Stein of Design Manifest. "It's the place where I stock my favorite mixers and showcase my vintage glasses and fancy plates. Fresh flowers are a must to add beautiful aroma and color. The finishing touch for me is the painting above. It's like the cherry to my bar-cart cocktail."
A cover over this corner sectional keeps the lounge space extra cozy. Black and white throw pillows echo the black and white sections of the sofa. Speaker throw pillows add a musical vibe pairing perfectly with the boom box wall art. Black carpet and white walls finish the fully two-toned space.
The two-story entryway makes a dramatic statement with bright white walls, cool gray marble flooring and contrasting black staircase. Artwork is used throughout the home and an abstract sculpture adds a contemporary note to the space.
Mikel’s love of art is clear in the important role it continues to play in the home. The hallway leading to his bedroom is home to an amazing gallery wall that maintains the understated elegance of the home. Combining different sized art with hung objects, the gallery wall plays with space and is an eclectic note in the home’s design.
With the sofa out of the way it becomes instantly clear that the real star of this space is art. This gallery wall combines an amazing array of patterns, shapes, colors, and even frame types to create a truly dazzling display. Tamara’s approach to buying art is simple: “If I feel it I buy it then it just all comes together and flows like music,” she says.
This family-friendly home features a music area, a kids' art space, a teepee – even a climbing wall and an indoor swing! Bright fabrics and an eclectic mix of furnishings add to the home's casual, whimsical vibe. The whole house was designed to fit the personality and lifestyle of the active, vibrant homeowners and their young kids.
The moody hue that makes the outside such an eye catcher continues into the main room, a cozy communal space just off the main check-in. The room is designed with a beautiful mix of textures that is the hallmark of rustic spaces. Various types of wood, stone and metal surfaces combine to create an earthy, tactile feel. Meanwhile, classic notes, like the Chesterfield sofa and portrait wall art enhance the feel of an old-school gentleman’s club.
The living room is the area that homeowner Richard Long considers the introverted area of the house: This is where the family goes for quiet moments: listening to or playing music, reading or pausing for a minute of reflection. It adjoins the dining room, which is painted a dark gray for a cozy feel. “Our goal is to have an art collection,” says Richard, “so we wanted a color that would fade into the background and let the art stand out.” Simple but glossy moldings and creamy walls are set off by the rich textures of leather, jute and wood in the living room.
This home in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta has five boys all under the age of 5, which means lots of mess. Designer Gina Sims solved that "problem" by creating an adult nook in the kitchen where the boys' art supplies are hidden away in the buffet. Sims advising going up when it comes to design and other elements you want to keep out of kids' reach. "The wine storage went up the wall out of reach, and we added impactful art, lighting and window treatments to draw the eye up," says Sims. Sims was also strategic in her choice of materials for the seating. "The plastic molded chairs are easily wiped down (or hosed off!) and the machine made (read: inexpensive) rug has lots of color and pattern which hide stains," notes Sims.