A monochromatic color scheme creates a fresh look for the kitchen. Light gray walls set the tone for the design, finished with crisp, white cabinets and two kitchen islands in black. Waterfall granite surrounds one island, while the other features a smooth, gray countertop. Black, white and gray mosaic tiles form the backsplash to tie in the color palette.
The kitchen was gutted with the goal of creating the essence of a modern bistro-inspired space. Two-toned, custom inset cabinetry and a clean Caesar-Stone countertop pair for a sleek look. A tongue-and-groove wood feature wall behind the kitchen sink adds a cottage touch to the space, while industrial barstools pull up for casual dining.
Both the living room and dining room have a softened color scheme with the ceilings and walls painted the same shade of green-gray and window trim painted in a similar tone. "The trim is actually two shades darker, but when you see them together, they look like they're the same," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
A trio of gold containers pop against the white walls of this room and add shine and flair to the design. The metallic finish is a nice contrast to the surrounding satin finishes. A white faux-wood mirror frame and two-toned curtains frame the shelf display with added texture and color.
The low light and rich tones of this dining area create an intimate look and feel. A buffet flush with the wall serves as a wet bar while a pair of lamps on each end contribute light and illuminate the wall art. Two dark, neutral armchairs with tufted backs provide cozy and sophisticated seating around the rich wood table. The focal point of the design is an eye-catching chandelier with yellow petal-like stems.
An arts and crafts-style vanity is paired with intricate mirrors and shaded sconces to create a bathroom with bohemian appeal. The tile mimics the design of a two-tone hardwood flooring inlay used elsewhere in the home. The glass shower creates a spacious look. The marble tile of the flooring continues to the walls of the shower and bathtub.
Natural wood finishes bring warmth to this contemporary kitchen on Camano Island, Washington. Granite countertops on both the perimeter and island complement the warm tones of the wood, while stainless steel appliances add sleekness to the space. Pass-throughs to the living and dining areas open the room to two walls of windows that offer sweeping views of the mountains and water.
Plaid bed linens and sail boat pillow cases decorate the two sets of bunk beds separated by a wood panel with built in bookshelves in this kid's bedroom. A lovable collection of stuffed animals adds comfort and color to the room. A sleek black dresser with gray drawers compliments the gray and neutral tones on the walls and strip of shag carpeting.
Cooking is one of the homeowners' favorite shared hobbies, so when they decided to renovate, the kitchen became a priority. Walls were torn down to open up the space to the dining room and living room. Soapstone and marble grace the countertops, two-toned custom cabinetry is installed and Urban Electric pendant lights hang over the expansive island, lending both illumination and style to space.
Designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy added two small barrel armchairs in turquoise blue velvet to accompany this shades of blue family room. They blend with, yet provide visual contrast against the medium blue walls for an unexpected yet entirely appealing design. Brass floor lamps and urn occasional tables, bold pillows and the pink tones seen in the dining area also give the room pizzazz.
The smooth neutral exterior design of this home is given a two-tone effect with an accent wood panel on the upper half of the house. Meeting the wood panel in the center of the wall is a small balcony. On the ground, a patio space creates a base for a cozy outdoor living room complete with fireplace. From the patio the space transitions to the open, bright backyard.
A custom fire pit is the focus of this stone patio with a view. Belgard pavers in earth tones complete the space and provide a nice look with little to no maintenance. A curved metal outdoor sofa compliments the shape of the patio and provides ample seating areas for visitors. An additional seating area with two chairs is hugged by a curved stacked stone perimeter wall, enabling visitors a chance to take in the view of the home.
A terra-cotta-color wall brings in warmth year-round. “The tone shifts over the course of the day, like a sunset,” says Katie. The oversize art from Four Hands Art Studio makes it even more glorious. For seating, the dated brown sectional that dominated the space got replaced with a chic blue wool-blend sofa by American Leather, a curvy armchair by Taylor King, and two leather slingback chairs from Wisteria. Friends at the couple’s giant potluck dinners spill into here, so the large coffee table by Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture comes in handy. The rug is by Jaipur Living.
The shiplap walls in the family room paired with the distressed wooden mirrors speaks to a casual luxury that is the intended overall mood of the home’s decor. We were as focused on comfort and approachability as we were on making it aesthetically pleasing. In the collage of nine teak wood framed mirrors, no two are exactly alike. The natural wood tones are echoed by the side table’s zebra wood facade. My fave detail in this image is the smart and simple tailoring on the sofa.
Although many homeowners invest the majority of their home design budgets into their kitchens, it's the area of Chris' condo where he spent the least. By working with the brown and black tones of his existing granite countertops, he used color to give the otherwise basic, modern kitchen a personalized look. Glossy-black penny round tiles bought for $8 per square foot were used on all wall surfaces to add architectural interest and sheen. To help the pantry door visually recede, he had it painted the same shade of black as the tiles. Since the adjacent living room is wrapped in a black-brown grass cloth with a metallic backing, he carried the look over to the bar area to tie the two spaces together. All together, Chris' kitchen decor came to $1400.
“This room has some really beautiful moments: the bold, striped fireplace commands attention; the combo of zebra, white leather, mirror and crystal set against a moody black backdrop is pure Hollywood glam; simple, two-tone damask patterns add a sense of tradition and comfort that tempers the sharp lines of the very modern wall and floor patterns,” says designer Candice Olson. “However, I think this is a case of both too much and too little. Too many patterns — stripes, checks, zebra and damask — all scream for attention. Undertaking such an ambitious painted floor with very little time prevented Design Star contestants NataLee and Tashica from really finishing this room, and it shows on so many levels, from the shredded bedding to the perplexing mirror/aquarium placement in the fireplace. I would have simply let the striped fireplace graphic be the star; painted the floor white to contrast the black and yellow walls and brought in a large zebra-patterned carpet for interest in the center of the room. This duo's predictable perimeter bed placement reminds me a bit of summer camp — a little more swanky, mind you. I would like to have seen a few beds dressed as sexy daybeds positioned in the center with cocktail tables beside and a spectacular chandelier above, very LA-luxe (in much less time).”