This a a modern bedroom designed by Jenny Dyer was featured in Elle Decor. They did a beautiful job on the design, color palette, space planning and furniture selection. Upholstered walls and upholstered panels in bedrooms are the key component in bringing warmth to the space, particularly if the ceilings are high. Gray tones can be tricky to get right, especially in a bedroom where you want to increase the feeling of warmth.
Incorporating grays into a color scheme can be tricky. The wrong combination or palette can feel too cold or too dark. Here are some nice examples of designs which combine light and mid tone grays with textiles and natural wood components. The first example is a ski lodge in Colorado. By opting for dark gray accents on the fireplace, seats and wall console unit (to the left) the designer was able to add subtle light gray variations in the upholstery, flooring and left hand accent wall. With this combination of grays together with the fireplace, subtle warmer brown and yellow hues, the space feels balanced, modern and comfortable.
The second space varies the focal point of the dark gray accent in the painting, and the fireplace is a warm light gray color. Here the designer was able to make use of more earth tones while still implementing a fair amount of gray. The organic surfaces such as marble and wood grain help to warm up the space and augment the range of gray tones.
Custom build ins are a great way to maximize space especially in small New York City apartments. If designed well they can seamlessly integrate into the design often incorporating existing wood grains, textures or colors. Here are two warm, original designs which effectively illustrate the possibilities. The challenge with designing build ins is often maximizing the possible storage space without the it overtaking the space.
Designing an entryway to a residence can define the style of an entire space. No longer just an area where footwear is put on, entryways can be bold, colorful, unique and have personality. Most commercial designers for hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, etc recognize how critical the “street” appeal is of an atrium or entrance, yet it is sometimes an afterthought in residential design. Because it is the first space guests usually see, having an entryway functioning solely as storage usually feels cluttered, unstylish and too casual. Walking into a house and seeing shoes, clothes hanging and/or open storage units can detract from design elements.
If it is feasible having a clean, open feeling entryway with one or two items such as a floating console, art, a pendant light, chandelier, bench, mirror or side table in combination with an accent color is usually sufficient. Finding the right items which are to scale can be tricky, as often entryways are not defined spaces, and if they are the size can vary. Though it’s always better to keep the clothes and shoes where they belong, in the closet!
The first example illustrates an elegant balance of color, warmth, texture, harmony and personality in a relatively small, not so easily defined space. This entryway incorporates glass, upholstery, a throw rug, wood, textiles and even a plant, yet doesn’t feel cluttered. The second entryway pictured does an effective job incorporating artwork and sculpture in conjunction with the functionality of the console table. The third space is a unique combination of color, texture and organic materials. It immediately introduces the guest to the style of the residence. And in the last image, sometimes less is more. The captain’s mirror by BDDW is the perfect round accessory to balance a space with rectangular or square shapes.