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.
Mint green walls give a soft base to this living room and provides a beautiful complimentary color to the coral details. A coral chandelier with natural stick texture hangs between ceiling beams over the large tufted coffee table. A pair of armchairs echo the coral shade in their wavy striped pattern. A simple white sofa is brought to life with decorative throw pillows, and a large textured area rug covers the floor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
By using neutral colors for walls and fixtures, bathrooms can change colors with their towel and accessory choices. The bright orange here, however, is stupendous against the gray-green and white wall tile and mosaic tile flooring by Ann Sacks. The bathroom by Kathy Geissler Best of KGB Interior Design is designed as a user-friendly bath with access to both the home's pool and main house. It is divided into distinct zones including a separate shower and changing area.
“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.
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.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, a few simple updates transformed this once outdated entryway into a welcoming, vintage-chic foyer. The front doors were painted a cheery yellow and the dark wood paneling covered in a fresh, modern gray. Keeping with the streamlined aesthetic, old brown tile was replaced with new rectangular white and gray tile and the stairs were updated to match the hardwood flooring of the living room beyond.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once drafty, dated space into a warm and inviting modern living room with plenty of room to relax and entertain. The textured stucco walls were skim-coated for a smooth appearance and a red brick wall was updated with a fresh coat of white paint. Sarah filled the space with chic, mid-century modern furnishings and replaced old carpet with neutral wood flooring for a warm, inviting look.
The look of the porch is transformed with fresh white paint, khaki trim, painted concrete floors and a ceiling fan in a more classic design. But the star of the new porch is the set of twin chair swings — Ben's custom take on the traditional Southern porch swing. Each is a variation on the familiar Adirondack chair design, and they were handmade by Ben using reclaimed wood from demo of one of the home's interior walls.