Simple white paneling takes this stairwell up a notch with straightforward country style. A twig wreath adds natural texture, while a gray stair runner protects the dark wood steps. The painted-white risers keep the stairs bright and fresh.
Just a few steps away, wicker armchairs and a white-painted fireplace create a light and airy living space. To establish cohesion between this room and the dining area, designer Marie Flanigan introduced another lantern-style light fixture.
Red brick steps provide contrast to the bright white home exterior. The porch features a wood front door with a large window, and a blue-painted porch ceiling. Blue porch ceilings are a Southern tradition that supposedly help keep bugs away.
Step into a Mondrian painting and it might feel something like this chic modern apartment. Blocks of vibrant color—purple, yellow, red—saturate the walls, crisp punctuation to the creams and white of the furniture and flooring.
Wood-paneled walls with a chalkboard paint inset add character to this traditional dining room. A wood buffet table topped with white candles offers storage space for dinnerware, just steps from the round dining table that seats four.
As seen on Home Town, the Watts Residence has been completely renovated by Ben and Erin Napier. The living rooms dark paneling has been painted a lighter and brighter white and the addition of light sheer curtains add to the retreat feel of the room. The steps and railing into the dining area have also been repainted and help to open the floor plan throughout the whole living space.
A brick accent wall grabs attention in this industrial-like hall and staircase space. White walls and black floor and steps are a smooth contrast to the rough brick texture. A painting adds a touch of color and a metal chair fills the space and adds a homey element.
The entry to this quaint Jamestown, Rhode Island, cottage is both charming and functional, with a built-in bench that's perfect for stopping to put on or take off shoes. Nautical-style light fixtures hang from the peaked, beamed ceiling. Copious white-painted woodwork fits with the bungalow's East Coast cottage style, giving the home a sense of place from the moment a visitor steps inside.
Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.