Dark woods like mahogany and cherry can feel heavy when set against carpeting, rugs, curtains and too much color and texture. But designer Abbi Williams uses white walls and ceilings and an ebony floor color to bring balance to this room. Dark mixed with light strikes a harmonious note here.
In an open-plan concept, designers strive not only to create separate zones within one large space but to make the end result feel cohesive. In this home, the designers at Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild did both with finesse. “We divided individual spaces with furniture groupings and circulation. Common materials such as steel, rift sawn white oak cabinetry, and dark stained oak floors are used to unify the three areas,” they explain.
This eat-in kitchen is casually elegant with a rustic dining table, metal chairs, a glamorous chandelier and rich hardwood floors. Keeping most of the materials and accessories in the white color palette allows the kitchen to feel bright and airy, while small pops of color and the use of natural materials grounds the space and adds texture.
This beautiful neutral armoire is the perfect vintage piece to display corals and coastal accessories. The two glass doors sit above a secretary desk and set of drawers. French windows with floor-length curtains illuminate a blue-legged ottoman with a white upholstered cushion.
Side tables extend from the wicker sofas curving around this circular fire pit. White sofa cushions are decorated with blue throw pillows complimenting the blue marble fire pit top. A rough tile base adds a nice texture contrast to the smooth surfaces of the design. An orange floor pillow gives an extra pop of vibrant color.
In the sitting room, Chip and Joanna, hosts of HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper, blended a modern design with industrial details to create this unique space. The wainscoting was removed in the space and the walls were painted a warm beige, while modern slate floors, a clean, white sofa and simple, linen curtains finish the modern design. To bring stylish storage into the space, Joanna added industrial cabinets and shelving to complete the room.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, a beautiful and functional new kitchen island looks out into the living room of this open plan main floor. Taking full advantage of the small space, Sarah packed a large sink, a second stainless steel oven and plenty of extra storage into the island's design. Two support beams, accented by gorgeous antique white corbels, are all that remain of the wall that once separated the kitchen from the living area.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines completely transformed the bathroom by removing all of the old and tile and wall panels. The walls were painted light yellow with white beaded board wainscoting. Two ornate wooden mirrors hang above his and her's vessel sinks installed on top of an old painted dresser. New tile floors in a traditional pattern adds to the character of the room and a subway tile bathtub and shower were installed.
Kitchen Cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino took a narrow and dated galley kitchen and created this beautifully open floor plan in a luxe new space that marries kitchen, dining area and living room. The new 13-foot kitchen island features brilliant white quartz countertops. Its front panel is made from reclaimed wood that was locally sourced from a decommissioned water tower that was more than 150 years old.
This combined kitchen, living space and dining room are perfectly coordinated in this coastal design theme.
Subtle periwinkles, blues and seaglass tones dominate the space, even repeating the seaglass color on the island lighting, which was painted to match the color palette in the space and bring in a pop of color in the island area. Warm, toasty white oak shiplap was chosen to balance the practical floor tile that would take all the abuse from kid traffic.
“It seems counterintuitive, but color and pattern chaos in my office motivates me,” says Sonal, who designs textiles. That explains the eclectic combination of woven baskets on the wall and layered rugs on the floor. The desk, with pyramid legs and a sleek glass top, has big-time presence. Adding to the glam mishmash: orange poufs from Surya, a blue-and-white ikat chair from Anthropologie, and curtains made with indigo-dyed fabric by Lewis & Sheron Textiles.
This living room needed a whole lot of style and a better use of space from its original 1950's look. The walls were opened up to give it a more social and inviting feel while connecting it to the kitchen. By raising the ceiling and getting rid of funky, low archways, adding new floors and brightening up the space with white paint this living room was transformed into a stylish, serene and mid-century modern pad.
White walls and a natural finish hardwood floor create a clam and inviting atmosphere for this dining room. A glass encased light fixture is mounted into the coffered ceiling directly over the dining table. The natural finish of the table fits beautifully with the room while black dining chairs create a nice border around it. At the heads of the table, matching plaid armchairs add weight and pattern to the room.
This guest bedroom gets a new gig as a television room that hits all the right notes with its color sky blue color scheme. Designer Casey Noble constructs a built-in bookcase and entertainment center to maximize the floor space in the room. Soft white draperies diffuse the natural light spilling over the seating area.The new built-in cabinetry, which includes a long shelf and seven drawers, is great for storing media and fits neatly into the interior wall of the room.
“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).”
“When pairing wedding florals with lighting, make sure to consider how your linens play into the overall look," says Jennifer Taylor, of Taylor'd Events Group. "Linens can add a level of texture to the table and there is a wealth of choices above and beyond the floor length white cover. Explore your options and have fun with it!” Roses, hydrangeas and orchids by Flora Nova Design.
As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson removed a wall between a cramped kitchen and extra bonus room in this century-old home to build a gorgeous, roomy eat-in kitchen stocked with modern amenities. The original kitchen was completed gutted to make room for custom white cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, an enormous island with attached dining table, and stainless steel appliances. Oiled-finished wood flooring and brass accents complete the room's traditional, antique look.
Determined to give his 17th floor high-rise Atlanta condo a polished, masculine look, sales executive Chris Staub chose a color scheme of dark brown, red, white and silver to put a more sophisticated spin on bachelor pad style. The high-end space was created on a deceptively low budget that was maximized by mixing high and low price-point purchases with a combination of flea market finds and custom-made elements.