Navy Blue Living Room With Pine Ceilings and Deck Access
Pine ceiling beams and floors and an abundance of natural light from the windows and patio door offer sharp contrast to the deep navy blue walls in this cozy, rustic family room, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.
Modern Black and White Great Room with Black Fireplace
The newly renovated great room in Robert and Dena's home, the great room has a floor to ceiling fireplace that Leanne and Steve painted black to create a more modern feel, as seen on Restored by the Fords.
"I chose to hang flower boxes on the windows and decorate the interior with succulents because they're not only easy to care for but also helped me achieve the natural look I was going for," says Sherrod of the importance of incorporating something living and green into your design scheme.
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."
To maximize durability in your shed, Sherrod recommends the following: "make sure to keep climate in mind when picking out interior decor—especially humidity. While picking out your furniture and pillows make sure to look for items that are made with durable and strong materials," she says. "I recommend incorporating outdoor furniture because it's durable and can withstand any climate. Also be sure to have adequate windows or vents for air flow—this will keep you cool and comfortable."
Sherrod recommends doing everything you can to bring as much light as possible into your shed. "I recommend adding windows or dormers and perhaps leave ceiling beams exposed to create the illusion of a taller ceiling height," says Sherrod.
The best way to make your shed feel like a sanctuary and escape says Sherrod, is to target what you will use the shed for. "Regardless of what you are creating – whether it be an art studio, workshop, meditation, hobby room or garden retreat – having an idea of how you’ll use your space will help tremendously when creating a place to feel at home and decompress."
"With limited space, smaller-scale furniture will make the space feel larger," says Sherrod of the clever teak bar she created in her shed. Sherrod's other space-saving tips include going with a daybed instead of a sofa and a floating ledge instead of a table.
Sherrod decided to elevate the entry to her shed and "constructed a grand staircase to create an exciting entryway and show some personality up front. Just because it might be called a 'shed,' doesn't mean it has to look like your typical shed," she says.
For her shed, Sherrod went with a "desert sanctuary" theme. "I'm authentically drawn to the colors jade and coral, so I tied those in where possible," says Sherrod. "As an earthy, crunchy Scorpio, I am inspired by elements of nature, so you'll find cactus plants, live edge teak wood, white moonstones, selenite and quartz, a eucalyptus ladder, jute rug, kilim pillows and linen draperies."
I'm sentimental about family heirlooms and can't bring myself to get rid of long-treasured items, even when they are not exactly my taste. The ornate pink chair and settee in our bedroom were my great grandmother's and while they don't necessarily jibe with my other decor, their vivid color and quirkiness still make them perfect for a little sitting area.
Designer Matt Partridge of Juergen Partridge Limited installed multiple structures that provide shady, gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. To enhance the woodwork, he applied multiple stain colors to the cedar structure and decks. Designer Tip: When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.
This basement was transformed into the perfect gathering spot for movie nights and kid-friendly crafting. The colorful mirror on the wall is made out of paint cans. And the bright rug is durable commercial FLOR rug tiles.