The homeowner wanted a bold, playful design in her home, so designers wanted to choose pieces that would be stunning and beautiful and blend well in the space. They started with a light blue color on the wall that draws in the colors of the picturesque views of Riverside Park down below. Then, they added bold patterns and colors, along with chunky furniture to the space, finishing the design off with a modern light fixture to complement the home's funky, eclectic vibe.
If you like the idea of decorating with natural materials, consider this unusual option: 12-inch “tiles” made from reclaimed coconut shells. “They’re very easy to install,” says designer Kelli Kaufer. “Following the instructions, you apply adhesive to the wall and stick the squares in place.” For simpler maintenance down the road, finish with a clear sealant. “They add great texture, creating an earthy look that fits the relaxed, vintage style of this kitchen perfectly,” she says.
Brown mosaic tile serves as a springboard for this bathroom's casual-chic design sensibility, while twin mirrors visually widen the space. The guest bathroom, from the 2012 HGTV Green Home, has beautifully finished wood cabinets and floors to warm up the room and red accents add a bright pop of color against white walls. The signature tile is a frosted glass micro-block in a tortoise shell-inspired shade. The upper-floor space also features interior windows opening to the adjacent tairwell.
Add a special treatment halfway up the wall, to cut your costs. Tile or wood paneling, which can be cheaper, gives any bathroom a certain finished style. Designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design used tile in this National Kitchen + Bath Association winning bathroom, but also suggests using beadboard. If you opt for beadboard, she suggests adding chair rail around the room and a standalone backsplash above the vanity. “It would be faster to install and less expensive on the material purchase,” says Bruntz, who lives in Nebraska.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dark and dated dining room into a chic, updated space perfect for entertaining. A new chair rail was added for visual interest and to allow Sarah to install two types of chic beige wallpaper. Dark wood accents in the table, floor and mirror balance the room's primary light, airy color and lend a "steakhouse" feel. Sarah finished the space by closing in an awkward half-wall with antique leaded glass windows repurposed from an old library cabinet.
The elements of this restaurant perfectly blend together to make customers feel as if they are spending the day at the beach. The blue and white mosaic tile floor bring out the vibrant blue of the ocean, which reflects off the white walls and white marble bar, creating the illusion of sand and sea. Natural light pours into the space from a large door and two large windows, making the space feel bright and warm. Lastly, the octopus that is suspended from the ceiling put the finishing touch on the restaurant's oceanic ambiance.
As seen on Good Bones, this small bathroom was in need of some sprucing. Once a small, dark room, Karen and Mina have transformed it into a bright, colorful space. A new coat of white paint on the walls reflects the light from the window as well as the light above the vanity, making the space feel bright, while pops of turquoise in the vanity and the artwork give the room some color. To finish off the design, a modern, mirrored plant stand gives the space a splash of personality.
Designers brought the Midcentury Modern look to life in this newly redesigned home with a Broyhill Brasilia dining table and a custom banquette covered in gray tweed. The modern dining chairs were repurposed and recovered, with three of them coming to rest around the dining table and the fourth finding its home under the newly commissioned painting of Alexander Hamilton by Mike Johnson. To complete the space, designers hung a cubist light fixture and had a local artist custom paint the walls to put the finishing touches on the Midcentury Modern dining room.
This show stopping living room design creates the feeling of a larger space by using the stripes to draw the eye upward. Black and white walls add a sense of whimsy while creating a bold, daring statement. Beautiful, custom gray sofas draw frame the room and create a focal point of the fireplace that is defined by a black mantel with a white, marble slab inlay that adds softness to the room's design. Finally, a long, dramatic chandelier hangs eight feet from the floor to finish the space with a feeling of intimacy and warmth.
This contemporary bedroom was designed around a passion for the color purple and old Hollywood nostalgia. A wrapped accent wall was plastered with a deep eggplant color and smooth velvet-like finish. The flooring (cut pile carpet) is also a deep eggplant with touches of silver-grey. The bright white furniture and a luxurious upholstered headboard add high color contrast and bold graphic accents. Glamorous accessories, such as mirrored tabletops, a black velvet Lucite bench, black lampshades and a zebra area rug punctuate and anchor the bold color combinations.
The homeowners wanted a simple, elegant master bathroom that was still functional, just like the rest of their newly redesigned home, so designers created a beautiful space with a neutral color palette. White, tile floors and complementary white walls flow throughout the space reflecting the natural light let into the space from the large windows above the tub. Gray accent tiles on the floor add color and warmth to the bright space, complementing the gray countertops that finish off each vanity. Two separate vanities give each of the couple their own space, keeping the new space functional and organized.
In the master bedroom, designers took advantage of the natural light that spilled in from the sliding glass doors that provide patio access by choosing a neutral color for the walls that reflects that light and anchors the space. Then, fun colored bed linens were placed on the bed to give the room a little personality and bold pops of color, while the geometric rug beneath the bed helps to break the space up and give it some definition. Finally, designers added an Asian inspired headboard and industrial nightstands with bright orange table lamps to finish off the eclectic space.
Several rooms in the Cashiers Design Showhouse used curtains on walls rather than windows to create a feeling of plush comfort. Says designer Sande Beck of this upstairs dressing room and bath, "we didn't want it to be too precious. We wanted pretty." To that end they used drapery to hide unappealing cabinets and a timeless blend of old and new in the room with a mix of vintage pieces and fresh new details. Soft pink grasscloth on the ceiling creates a finished look and a mix of framed and unframed art does much to keep the precious at bay.
Across from the fireplace a small desk sits tucked against the wall where the designer can work while enjoying her favorite music. The small nook is a wonderful way to carve out a personalized home office. Framed sketches, cameras and masks—all strong recurring themes in the home—decorate the space, giving the work environment an equal share in the decoration and feeling of the home. A small globe is a fitting finishing touch for Nana Yaa, who claims travel as her first and truest love.
This stately bookcase is befitting the award-winning residence of the chancellor of North Carolina State University. Designed by Design Lines, Ltd. and built by Rufty Homes, it was constructed as four boxes that were then set flush in-wall. We especially like the faceplate overlay with the black lacquer finish that serves to frame the bookcase. Note how it was also used on the baseboard where the cabinets are set, anchoring it to the room.
Homeowners wanted a non-traditional design in this modern nursery that could grow with their son as he grows, so designers created this edgy space. The black and white color palette makes the space modern and unique, while the black sound waves running up the wall keep the space from feeling too babyish; however, the artwork from Shel Silverstein's classic children's book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" helps to bring nursery innocence to the space. To add the finishing touches, air ducts and pendant lights were exposed to give the space an edgier look and a reading nook was created as a comfortable place to foster learning throughout this little boy's life.
According to my rules, powder rooms are supposed to be fabulous! It’s the one public space that everyone visits privately, so I always strive to make a great impression. I love what an over sized piece of artwork does in a small space, and this is a big one. We did a simple strie faux finish on the walls and an always-chic Carrera marble on the vanity which we repeated for many of the surfaces throughout the home. Believe it or not, the mirror was the last item I sourced, and it was worth the hunt. It’s special, just like powder rooms should be.
This hidden door bookcase leads from an office to the guest quarters in a private home in Alameda, Calif. Designed by Mark Dutka of InHouse Design Studio, it’s made of rift oak with a natural finish, and is just one part of a highly complex design which covers every inch of the room’s walls. It was quite the challenge, but Dutka's specialty is the design of custom cabinetry solutions for specialized residential environments. Our question is, what’s the secret password?