Dark charcoal drapery panels add solid color, while patterned sheers allow plenty of light to fill this warm, sunny space. A big, soft sectional and bright orange poufs provide comfy seating. The wood coffee table fits the space to perfection.
With its spectacular four-poster rice bed, sheer canopy and flowing, white draperies, the Victorian master bedroom at HGTV Dream Home 2004 serves an an elegant retreat. Crisp white and blue linens help keep the room open and neutral.
Cotton duck curtains are layered over sheer linen roman shades to filter light into this glamorous master bedroom, creating a romantic tone for the space. A cream-colored rug and chunky handmade throw add depth on top of the white bed linens.
Muted shades of gray-blue paired with a chocolate brown mohair sofa make for a lush and glamorous living room that's still comfy and cozy enough to hang out in every day. Silver-toned drapery, white silk sheers and neutral walls provide a soothing backdrop.
"I am puzzled by the use of solid drapery fabric that completely obscures the view outside and makes an already small apartment seem even smaller. Even as a room divider, gauzy sheer fabric would have provided the privacy Michael was after and added an intriguing sense of mystery," says HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson.
A nook within a wall of cabinets is lined with reflective turquoise glass. Yellow and green glassware displayed in the nook adds a striking contrast of color. The white chair, carpet and white sheers match the high-gloss cabinets while the bold red curtains and zebra-striped rug lend more pattern and color to the space.
Removing the heavy bookcases on either side of the fireplace made an immediate difference in the transformation of this living room by Designer Bailey Austin Bird.
Removing existing window shutters added much more natural light, which created a warmer, lighter feeling space. Patterned sheers paired with the solid charcoal panels make the draperies stand out as both functional and beautiful.
In addition to adding windows and light, Sherrod says shed-owners can take key design steps to make a small space appear larger. "Go light on paint colors and paint the moldings, walls and ceiling all the same color for a seamless effect," she says. "Use curtains or sheers that filter light instead of blocking it out. A tip on making small spaces feel larger is to incorporate smaller-scale furniture."
This pristine pair of swivel chairs was passed down from Micah’s grandmother. They’re a perfect way to inject a little generational history into a young family’s home. Family heirlooms are always a good idea. You’ll notice that below the white painted crown molding is a white picture rail. In many older homes, the walls are plaster as opposed to drywall. Plaster is much harder and more difficult to repair; therefore, a piece of molding/rail is used as a surface to attach hardware and wire, and then your artwork to. Preservation is key in caring for older homes. The Stansells cleverly repeated the teal color on the drapery panels, but used white sheers on the window’s interior for semi-privacy while still allowing light in.