Each corner of this living room is a treasure for the eyes, with carefully positioned furnishings that accentuate colors in a certain way. For example, the turquoise blue found at the top of the contemporary artwork in the entryway is the exact hue as the stripes of the wing chair in the living room. Likewise, deep orange is seen in the pillow on the chair, the bolster pillow on the bench and the urn on the dining room sideboard.
Designer Vanessa DeLeon used plush fabrics and deep gray accent pieces to put an elegant spin on this complete home remodel. The eclectic teal and black dining room features an over-dyed turquoise rug from Creative Touch in Secaucus, N.J., while the table hails from Brooklyn-based artisan woodworker Palo Samko. The neutral walls are complemented by a faux-painted black and gray ceiling and black leather chairs around a rustic hardwood dining table with mismatched candle holders and two brass pendant lights.
Usually, when you think windows, you don't think decoration, but this window has become the focal point of this space. The two slender mirrors add plenty of natural light to the space, which is reflected off of the small, starburst mirror in the center. A green plant sits in front or each windows to add a touch of nature, while fresh pink flowers in a turquoise vase give the window a little splash of color.
It's the details that really pull a space together, and for this contemporary living room, that's where the personality lies. The gray sofas provide a neutral backdrop for the multicolor pillows and turquoise vases that help to pull the natural light in from the large windows. Another unique touch added to the space is the abstract artwork hanging behind the striped bench. The muted colors in the artwork complement the other colors in the space, tying it all together and making this living room a bright, welcoming place to relax.
Another splurge in the design was custom framing for the fine art photography. Black lacquered framing was chosen to coordinate with the black accents of the room, while an inset turquoise fillet — the accent molding that fits inside a larger frame and usually sits on top of the mat — helps highlight the blue tones in the art. Since the room receives ample sunlight, non-glare acrylic was chosen rather than glass to protect the art from UV rays.
So many elements of this bunk room design are just awesome. The wavy wallpaper on the back wall is really fun and gives the room an underwater effect. Rope ladders provide access to upper bunks; the turquoise rope coordinates perfectly with the wallpaper and oak steps were custom fabricated. For storage, closets are on either side of the room, both with blue sliding barn doors with black hardware. The pendant light is made from pieces of plastic that attach to a frame, so it’s durable in case of kid mishap, but also resonates with the watery feel.
As seen on HGTV Design Star, this bedroom was upgraded to a gray contemporary theme. The matching twin beds feature a patterned comforter, slanted gray corner headboard, and turquoise throw blanket for a touch of color. The window seat displays various gray, black and white throw pillows. The room's review on the show stated, "J and Doug have trouble making decisions together from the very beginning, and the result is a poorly executed room. J's headboards are sloppy, leaving judge Genevieve Gorder to say, 'If you're not going to do it well, don't do it.'"
Slice a Mini Babybel cheese round in half (leave the wax coating on until you’re ready to eat) and insert part of a flexible straw into the cut side to create adorable edible umbrellas. Add cauliflower clouds and raindrops to your plate to create a rainy day scene. Want to really be singing in the rain? Vary your “umbrella” colors with green, turquoise and purple by choosing different flavors of cheese.
Look for flat-woven wools with tight weaves, since they're strong enough to handle high-traffic areas. "White was incorporated into this space to make it bright and refreshing when you walk in. We knew we had to add a darker tone into the stair runner. The rug is hand-knotted wool made by J.D. Staron, the Gopala Collection, and looks like linen so it adds an unexpected design detail to the stairs, pulling in the turquoise tone from the light fixture," says Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design.
Designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy selected an unusual shade of medium blue for this remodeled family room that gives the room a warm, intimate and glamorous feel. The modern canvas in shades of blue provides depth and texture, while the neutral shade of the sofa and ottoman blend with the soft tones of white and cream also found within the framed piece. Turquoise and pink accessories complete Dawdy's intriguing approach for this room.
Even when reusing existing items, such as this cocktail table and antique rug, you can decorate the table in a way that modernizes the look. As this table shows, look for a pair of heavy leaded glass candleholders, which designers Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living say you can find affordably priced at local vintage stores or on websites such as Etsy.com. Then add in a piece of cut glass (this one is high-end turquoise, but you can find others on a lower end) to contrast with the glass candlestick holders. The books were already in their homeowner's collection.