Dark woods like mahogany and cherry can feel heavy when set against carpeting, rugs, curtains and too much color and texture. But designer Abbi Williams uses white walls and ceilings and an ebony floor color to bring balance to this room. Dark mixed with light strikes a harmonious note here.
Doors offer another chance to play up architecture and add rich texture and tone. After several decades with a lackluster fiberglass door, the entry was updated with a glass-paned door with an organic walnut look.
Designer Melissa Greenauer recently transformed a stark, minimalist residence in Manhattan into a warm and elegant retreat from city life for its new owner. The walk-in closet reflects the client’s traditional style with rich wood tones and classic detailing like fluted panels, antiqued glass overhead light fixtures and leather hardware. Carlisle Wide Plank Floors' custom hickory flooring is the foundation of Greenaur's design for this well-organized space.
The neutral color palette-throughout the home and in this guest space-makes great use of the home's natural light, reflecting it off every surface, keeping the home's spaces light and bright. To warm the space, wood trim and wood floors run throughout the spaces, adding an inviting sense to the home.
Although not typically known for having a minimalistic look, this Victorian-style dining room avoids accessories, patterns and over-the-top fixtures. However, the rich wood furnishings, antique grandfather clock and ornate clawfoot dining set deliver a genuine view of the era with a contemporary edge.
Dark wood cabinets and kitchen island provide beautiful contrast in this bright white kitchen. Topped with white marble, the kitchen island includes a prep sink, dining area set for four and four pendant lights above for ample lighting. French doors open up to the patio to invite indoor-outdoor living.
Dark wood cabinets mix with gray granite countertops and a mosaic tile backsplash in this contemporary kitchen. Neon orange accessories pop against the countertops and add a touch of color to the space.
This view is of the front hall from the entry door toward the family room, which has glass doors - currently opened. The staircase was pushed to the side so as not to call too much attention.
At 11,000 square feet, the challenge was to create spaces that were gracious, but not overwhelming. This home is large, but each room feels personal, and the residents do not feel dwarfed by the space.