Yesterday’s article (link) covered the major elements that make color palettes work in architecture using a home with a bold, bright color palette. This home uses the same conceptual elements with a more somber palette of grayed-greens, deep wine, and a touch of creamy yellow. This home also features two elements that weren’t as apparent in the other home: The effectivness of Darker Transitions and moving from Dark to Light as daylight increases.
In the image, above, notice how the dark wine colored transition beyond the kitchen makes the kitchen all the more brighter — highlighting the architecture and separating the kitchen from what’s beyond. Similarly, the dark transition from the family room to foyer (right hand side of the image) has the same effect. The sunny yellow/green of the kitchen is a near compliment of the wine transition — stengthing the impact of both. Similarly, the grayed-green of the family room is also a near-complement of the wine transition. We also move from darker to lighter shades as we move from the enclosed transition to the family room to the kitchen with light streaming through skylights and windows on 2 sides. This accentuates the effect of the light.
Notice the view from the Living room through to the Family Room and to the Side Family Entrance. The main foyer (where the dog is lying) is a similar grayed-green of the family room except many shades darker. [Notice how it accentuates the artwork above the mantle.] Notice also the darker transition before you get to the family room and we’re pulled through the transition to the lighter room beyond. The transition is both lower and darker — the ceiling is also the dark wine color. Notice the same wine color on the angled wall coming into the living room from the Family Side Entrance. It leads one from the entrance through to the living room. The living room’s color is similar in intensity to the family room but with more yellow to better match the southern exposure. And finally, notice (below) how when moving from the Family’s Side Entrance through to the kitchen how another dark transition area again pulls you through to the kitchen. For reference, also see the floor plan.
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Images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build.