Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Life on the River

In my last blogI talked about bold color! While a lot of color can be exciting and invigorating—sometimes a more subtle color palette suits the atmosphere and the individuals better. So take a ride with me on the Delaware River with soft greens and blues. Neutral shades and bold artwork. I have the opportunity to work with some unbelievably nice people. This couple had differing views on their styles and wanted us to help them blend the two. Her style was more traditional while his style was more contemporary. We set out to include Transitional Furniture with clean lines and more neutral colors. We didn’t want anything to compete with the fabulous view! More traditional area rugs softened the look and added some pattern. One of the issues in this tight space was the door to the HVAC unit. In the before picture it was made even more obvious by the striped wallpaper. By painting the same color over the door and the trim and continuing the artwork over the door—this area is still accessible when needed—yet-- it all but disappeared!

Soft waves of fabric simply highlighted the view and provided a sound buffer. The floor was continuous hardwood that gave the appearance of a larger space. Changing the definition of some areas also helped with the flow. The former eating area became a cozy little TV watching place for just the two of them.

The bedroom also had a great view. Here we needed to add some privacy and some relief from the sun that would wake them every morning. So, drapery on an automatic traverse rod with a blackout lining gave them the flexibility that they needed. Each home has its unique challenges and personality. Learn to trust your instincts and make the most of your home.

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