Using Color to Accentuate Design

This home uses a bright, energetic palette without being overwhelming. Let’s look at how the use of color sets the stage and creates visual boundaries. The only place red is used is on the column dividing the kitchen from the breakfast area. The column is necessary to hide a structural support, a waste stack and ductwork. The deep red marks the transition between the working Kitchen and the sitting area of the breakfast room.

Using Color – One Palette

You don’t think color when you look at this kitchen — the cabinets are an oyster milk paint finish. In this view, only the island cabinet is a cobalt blue milk paint. But look from this angle and cobalt blue is a dominant color. The impact of the cobalt is heightened by its limited and dramatic use.

Stylish Window Treatments On a Budget

Window Treatments don’t need to cost a lot — even eye-catching ones that bring rave reviews! See 5 rooms with easy, inexpensive treatments that create a WOW factor.

Transitional: Blending Classic & Modern Lines

This kitchen gives a stylist spin to traditional materials. We used glass subway tiles in the same way that period kitchens used ceramic subway tiles — with a running bond pattern and contrasting grout. We paired this tile with a custom concrete countertop in indigo, simple alder cabinets with a honey-colored stain, stainless steel appliances, black nickel cabinet pulls and other black accents.

Using Floor Plans to Explore Solutions

Our client had been struggling for 2 years with their open design house — they just couldn’t make it cozy for family meals. …This article is about using floor plans to diagnose & fix problems and using mock-ups to review or confirm your solutions.

Expanding a Galley Kitchen

We often relocate kitchens in houses that originally had small galley kitchens in the back of the house. For this 1914 duplex in Washington, DC that wasn’t possible — both for reasons of budget and space. Instead we popped part of it into the dining room.

Modernizing a Split Level – Part 1

Split levels were the suburban rage in the mid-1950’s and 60’s. Modernizing them can be a bit tricky. In this entryway there are several changes — all non-structural that spell modern:

A Coat (or two) of Paint

What a difference a coat of paint can make! The original knotty pine paneling made for a dreary non-descript stairway (see below). All we did was paint the paneling, the stair risers and freshen up the paint on the wrought iron railing.