The homeowners wanted a unique design for their Bolinas beach house, so designers aimed to create a clean, airy, modern space. They started with bright, white paint throughout the home and then brought in bold, black accents to contrast the neutral color palette. They continued the design with durable fabrics and furniture to withstand the salty, ocean air and the myriad guests and young children that often occupy the space. Finally, they added a few touches of Scandinavian design to finish off the home.
Behind the island, rows of drawers keep kitchen utensils neat and organized. A minimalist light fixture hangs overhead, drawing subtle visual interest to the ceiling without competing with the views ahead.
While trying to complete a quick design, Jo Torrijos, a design blogger at A Simpler Design from Atlanta, revamped an old black bookcase by painting its top, sides and front edging only to save time. She used Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to contrast with the dark paint on the inside of the bookcase. “To 'transform' this into a headboard, I left all my styling bits in place, and simply moved the bed in front of the bookcase,” says Torrijos.
Soft splashes of yellow bring life to this classic wood nightstand. The unique piece gives this traditional neutral bedroom unexpected flair. Antique accessories like a watering can, picture frame, and table lamp add charm.
In secondary bedrooms, unique elements can be incorporated so every space radiates its own personality. These drapes have stacked dressmaker hems. The outside of the chair is upholstered in a contrasting fabric, while the bed's headboard echoes a wing chair.
The homeowners wanted a unique space for their family, so designers found Moroccan tiles for the backsplash and had custom Oak planks arranged in a chevron pattern on the front of the refrigerator and freezer. For the final touch, un-lacquered brass hardware and pendant lights add even more character to the design.
The patterned tile wall in this powder room is a bit different, and the homeowners wanted a unique focal wall to give the space more drama. In this small space, tile goes a long way. If you have perfectly intact flooring, consider adding a tiled element to the walls.