Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
All of the storage space available in the sleek wood cabinets allows this skinny kitchen to stay uncluttered and organized. The unique hardwood coloring adds depth to the smooth white countertops, orange walls and stainless steel appliances. Frosted glass doors on the top layer of cabinets add a bright detail that complements the hanging, square pendant lights.
Careful arranging creates the perfect use of space in this very narrow white master bath. A double vanity of dark wood and a freestanding bathtub give the space a luxurious master bath feel. Unique materials and finishes such as a custom chevron marble wall, brass wall faucets, and the mixed metals of matte black mirrors and polished chrome sconces provide a trendy touch -- proof that even a small bathroom can be luxurious and have a huge style impact.
To suit her clients' love of eclectic interiors and all things vintage, designer Meg Caswell created this kitchen that has a decidedly whimsical, retro vibe. Fused glass tiles in shades of blue, green and white create a funky backspash while the wall cabinets receive a coat of soft powder blue paint. Meg tops the island with a glass countertop with just a hint of green, reminiscent of the jadeite pieces collected by the homeowners.
A set of chairs, one black and one white, are seated at the island creating space to cook and work in this country kitchen. An arched opening in the brick accent wall frames the stove area and neutral tile backsplash. Matte blue cabinetry adds soft color to the neutral palette, and natural wood details finish the country design.
An unusual T-shaped kitchen island, which allows those perched on the stools to face each other, anchors this cottage-style kitchen. Deep blue subway tiles contrast with the cabinetry, a take on the classic nautical pairing of white and navy. A muted yellow wall color and warm-toned wood floors create an inviting charm throughout the space.
To make the most of the limited square footage of a New York City apartment, architect Michael K. Chen created a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t “party wall.” By day all that is visible in the entry of the home is a wall of sleekly lacquered cabinets and drawers. But after dark, in the words of the architect, “the panels open to reveal a full bar with integral refrigeration and tap, and storage in a louche walnut burl with integral LED lighting. A display compartment has another dual personality, flipping from cool and white, to richly burled wood. A separate compartment reveals an integral custom humidor in milled cedar. Finally, integrated into the piece is a five-foot-long pull-out dining element that slides out, cantilevering from the storage volume on custom steel hardware, creating a micro dining room.”
The living room epitomizes the style of this home. Strong architectural details are complemented, not covered, by tastefully understated gallery walls. And once again the white walls and wood floors are the perfect backdrop for the home’s boldest color statement—an inviting velvet sofa in a soft, pink blush. Though small accessories, sculptures and pieces of art accent the room throughout, the biggest pattern statement in the room is made by the wood floor, the repeating diamond geometric blends seamlessly into the room while creating visual interest from the floor up.
“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).”
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott designed this living room to match the homeowner’s bright personality. The original cement flooring was stained a warmer color and dark gray paint was added to the walls, while the one wood-clad wall was kept as a feature. The large metal storage unit resembles an old set of lockers, which brings an industrial feel to the space. Two vintage side chairs and an old leather sofa were reupholstered in bright colors and prints, and a star-shaped light bulb installation was mounted on the wall as a finishing touch.
This apartment is in a beautiful landmarked building in the Wall Street area. During its renovation, the designers strived for a modern feel but also wanted to pay homage to the Old World charm of the original building elements: massive windows, ornate ironwork furnaces and dark wood floors. The previously enclosed kitchen was opened up and the materials chosen to highlight the feel of old New York: reclaimed brick on the walls, steel countertops and backsplash, even the pendants have the look of gas lights. Paint: Benjamin Moore Dove Wing, Pendants: Remains Lighting Eugene, Brick: Brick It Used NY.
This remodeled cottage kitchen features a grand, open space perfect for preparing big meals. Columns divide the formal front of the house from the kitchen while also providing a buffet surface for entertaining and a display area underneath. The use of white cabinets and soft gray walls with the warm wood floors make the kitchen feel spacious and clean without being sterile.
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too, the kitchen and dining room have changed places. Now, the kitchen has plenty of space for storage and prep, while the dining table, which extends from the kitchen island in true Italian fashion, seats up to ten. The Caesar Stone countertops in the color Misty Carrera have been extended to the end of the dining area, and the cabinets are stained opaque, both grey and white, with Benjamin Moor Paint. The flooring throughout the kitchen and the first floor is stone brown red oak from Mercer, and the wall color is Milk Paint from Behr.
A black and white chair blends styles in much the same way as the house around it. The design team went for an Arts & Crafts feel in the space to embrace the homeowners' desire to maintain the warm wood trim throughout the house. This armchair in the media room features a traditional black and white checked fabric on a chair form with mid-century lines and legs. A wall of built-ins features white cabinetry with crisp, clean lines.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”
Nature takes a front seat in this living room. The pairing of floating wooden shelves next to the white trimmed fireplace and cream walls creates a beautiful palette in which plants and flowers can thrive. The floral rug and wicker chair add to the sunny disposition of the room. Design by John Gidding
A collection of decorative patterned tiles covers this countertop creating a colorful and exciting look. A single row of green tiles extend up the wall to transition the countertop to the wood framed mirror above and create a bold border. A traditional white sink allows the countertop design to be the star of the space.
Wood walls are accented by white cabinets for a clean and warm look in the Francis family's newly renovated kitchen and living room in Atlanta, Ga. By knocking out walls in the existing kitchen and closing in the deck, the Francis family will now have a central space to share meals together and will also give Tricia a better chance to watch the kids while she's in the kitchen, as seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room.