A dramatic palette of aubergine, grayed green, grey and creamy white

Color, Furnishings and Lights!

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A dramatic palette of aubergine, grayed green, grey and creamy white
A dramatic palette of aubergine, grayed green, grey and creamy white

3 Elements – color, furnishings and lighting – turn a row house in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington DC into a stylish new home for a young professional couple.  The photos were all taken by the owner – Margaret Allen – a very talented photographer .  Margaret and her husband were equally involved in the selection of the furnishings and accessories.  It all happened in the course of a few months over this summer while the couple took turns traveling overseas on business.  I developed the color palette and made suggestions about fabrics, furnishings, coordination, and tradesmen.  [Note: the “before” pictures are from before the couple purchased the home.]

The palette complements the tile of the fireplace and natural oak flooring
The palette complements the tile of the fireplace and natural oak flooring
"Before" Blah Palette
Living Room “Before” the Couple Purchased the house
My Clients Achieved the “West Elm” Look They Wanted Without Cookie-Cutter Selections
My Clients Achieved the “West Elm” Look They Wanted Without Cookie-Cutter Selections

This palette conforms to my usual prescription:  Entries and transitions should be deep tones.  This reinforces the sense of arrival and passage through the home.  The tones become lighter as you move through the house and toward the daylight of larger windows and doors on the back of the house.  This creates a much greater sense of space.  While each room is a different color, the colors blend into a harmonious palette that complements the wood of the floors, the tile in the fireplace and the tones and textures of the other “built-in” features.  The walls are all a Matte texture.  The matte sheen absorbs more light yielding richer tones and hiding imperfections on the wall surface.  The accent color – in this case a very deep purple – acts to both accentuate the space and delineate purpose.  It is such a deep tone that in many lights it almost reads as a neutral color.  A mixture of textures and subtle patterns keeps the palette exciting.  A white-toned trim color highlights the architecture of the space especially the stairway and bookshelves.  New recessed lights in the living room and soffits help accentuate the wonderful photography and provide a delightful ambiance.

The Deep Purple Accent Color on a Duct Chase Helps Accent the Transition Between Rooms
The Deep Purple Accent Color on a Duct Chase Helps Accent the Transition Between Rooms
The deep purple is used again to accentuate the transition to the family room & kitchen
The deep purple is used again to accentuate the transition to the family room & kitchen
The Family Room Has the Most Natural Light and is the Lightest Color
The Family Room Has the Most Natural Light and is the Lightest Color
Notice how the Dining Room Rug Reflects the Accent Color and Blends it with the Natural Oak Flooring & the Lighter Tones of the Upholstery in the Adjacent Living Room
Notice how the Dining Room Rug Reflects the Accent Color and Blends it with the Natural Oak Flooring & the Lighter Tones of the Upholstery in the Adjacent Living Room
The Deeper Tones of the Living Room Wall Are a Perfect Foil for the Wife’s Photography
The Deeper Tones of the Living Room Wall Are a Perfect Foil for the Wife’s Photography
Notice How the Deep Tone on the Walls and the White Risers Create An Architectural Statement in the Entry
Notice How the Deep Tone on the Walls and the White Risers Create An Architectural Statement in the Entry
 The Stairway & Entry “Before”
The Stairway & Entry “Before”

Remodeling Doesn’t Always Mean Moving Walls and Renovating Kitchens.  It can be a simple refreshing of surfaces with paint and fabric to yield a remarkable “new” home.

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