When designer Tara Seawright’s clients bought an outdated waterside cottage, they turned to her for help modernizing the space on a tight budget. “By painting the floors a bright white and using strategic pops of color — like a colorful shower curtain — against a neutral background, we gave the home a more current look,” says the designer.
This transitional bedroom features white and neutral bed linens and pillows designed to match the similarly hued walls. A sisal area rug covers the hardwood floors and provides a natural accent, while two metal table lamps are positioned atop the white wood nightstands. Sheer white curtains add a soft touch.
Throughout the house, a neutral color palette and clean lines in the furniture and fixtures help to create a simple, elegant design for the home, while elongated windows allow in plenty of natural light. In the living room, designers added sheer curtains in front of these windows so as to create a light, airy feel in the space when they are drawn.
Looking at it now, it's hard to believe that this space was ever dark or outdated. With its tall ceilings and expansive windows, the living room called for an unassuming, monochromatic palette that would allow the garden views to be the main attraction. So, designer Veronica Solomon framed the views with willowy curtains in white and then pulled in stylish, neutral furnishings.
The high ceiling and connected rooms bring an open feel to this contemporary living room. A large wire light fixture hangs low at the piano to divide the living room and office area. A navy blue sofa adds color against the neutral walls and floor and long gray curtains. A short natural wooden coffee table sits on the gray area rug.
A light blue entryway leads from the living room into a traditional dining room with long neutral dining table and chairs featuring fully upholstered end chairs. The bottom of the wall is blue with white panels, but above the trimmed split beautiful outdoor scene wallpaper wraps the entire room. A blue china cabinet rests opposite a large window with floor-length white curtains.
This crisp white backdrop provides a canvas for light and airy colors. A blue and yellow floral design creates a feminine and sophisticated look for the bed curtain attached to the simple wrought iron frame. A neutral upholstered bench is tucked below a table for a vanity space while the bed bench draws out the soft blue coloring in the room.
Drapes mimic the curtains around the canopy bed giving this traditional master bedroom an elegant and romantic feel. A ribbed bed comforter adds texture to the room while an orange, yellow and green rug and pink floral throw pillow and matching tufted bench add color to the neutral theme. The wicker chairs with brown fabric create a small sitting area at the end of the bed.
In this bedroom space, designers wanted to keep the space feeling clean and bright like the rest of the home, so they kept the color palette neutral and warm with a subtle, gray and white look. For a little extra comfort, a sitting area was added to the room and is separated from the main bedroom space by a curtain that adds privacy to both spaces.
This beautiful neutral armoire is the perfect vintage piece to display corals and coastal accessories. The two glass doors sit above a secretary desk and set of drawers. French windows with floor-length curtains illuminate a blue-legged ottoman with a white upholstered cushion.
Floor to ceiling neutral mosaic tile in the shower and bath combo framed by a damask shower curtain, hung on the ceiling, visually expand the space in this small bathroom. Bright recessed lighting and a chandelier, along with a large mirror are also designer tricks for decorating a small space. The high end features like marble flooring and countertops, make this bathroom feel like a luxury retreat.
A calm color scheme of cream, white and pale blue brings a coastal feel to this contemporary master suite. Floor length curtains add privacy from the many windows. A plush, pin-tucked comforter pairs with a mix of neutral and blue pillows, creating a soothing place to relax, and at the foot of the bed, an upholstered bench offers a comfy spot to take your shoes off.
Floor to ceiling bookshelf wallpaper gives this billiards room the feel of an old library with neutral books encased in black shelves. The white lacquer pool table with a black velvet top is a gorgeous centerpiece. A deep red curtain adds a bold accent color, and a set of black and white striped chairs complement the color theme while adding a new pattern to the design.
A white Buddha statue, among other Asian accents used throughout the space, introduces a Zen mood to this porch sitting area. Beautiful white furniture and sheer white curtains look even brighter against the natural background and neutral floor. Throw pillows add pops of accent color in red, purple and pink, while the pair of metallic tables adds a touch of glam to the design.
As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, this once plain living room got a much needed modern makeover. Designer Sarah Richardson chose vintage furniture and decor in muted blues and greens to fill the neutral space and framed the large window with a custom-built cornice and sheer retractable curtains. Cozy knit poufs provide extra seating or a spot to kick up your feet.
In the bedroom, designers blended the homeowner's collections with a more contemporary color palette. The headboard of this bed is made from two antique Chinese doors which are complemented by the tall antique candlestick and the Chinese statue that is featured in front of the window. These elements, combined with neutral walls and tan curtains give the space a light, yet still elegant feeling.
Warm neutrals with golden accents draw you into this warm, intimate master bedroom. The slight sheen on the drapery panels and bedding add a luminous quality, and the linear details of the fabrics and furniture are caught by the light from the wall mounted arc sconces on either side of the room. A true retreat within the home, this cozy spot will make for a memorable 'staycation.'
As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis brightened up the living room of the Summit Avenue mansion by using a lighter stain on the floor and a neutral color palette throughout. The neutral shade of the walls helps showcase the mahogany woodwork, and the white silk curtains add a touch of elegance. Nicole used a mix of modern and vintage pieces to stage the room, and she replaced the 1970s wall sconces with period appropriate versions.