Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
Combining the best of a comfortable suburban home with the sophistication and location of a city apartment, this 6700 square-foot, full floor residence is the perfect urban refuge. Filled with color, the unconventional “Home in the City” project located in 535 West End Avenue, New York is an open invite to both socializing and entertainment. The generous foyer, kitchen, dining room, living room and family room are designed for hosting functions and fundraisers. On the other side of the home, Studio ST Architects created a large “basement playroom” for the family’s three young sons by combining two bedrooms. A service entry was made into a mudroom.
The design conveys a soft opulence, rich yet comfortable, beautiful and functional. Esther Sperber, founder of Studio ST Architects, believes that design is a collaborative process. In order to foster a collaborative design process, the firm created numerous photo realistic computer rendering of each room which enabled a lively dialogue between the architects and clients sparking unexpected creativity. What are your thoughts on the outcome? [Information provided via e-mail by Studio ST Architects; Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova]
Located in the picturesque region of Cap-à-l’Aigle in the heart of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, the The Malbaie V residence was Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and displays an inspiring design. The exterior is defined by simple geometrical volumes wrapped in wood and a green roof that insulates the building. Here is more regarding the structure of the residence from the architects: “On the ground floor, the sequence from the entrance to the main room allows for discovery through large continuous open plan absent of any apparent structure. An abundance of openings from east to west, the result of a perfect combination of solar motion, orientation and views sought, provides permanent natural light as well as optimal energy efficiency. The lower level accommodates four bedrooms and two full bathrooms arranged in a linear way following a clear axis perpendicular to the main volume above allowing for each room to get a view. The simplicity of the materials used, types of natural wood for the floor and ceiling accentuates the dramatic perspective of the main corridor”. Simple, elegant and highly efficient, calling this place a “dream crib” would probably be an understatement…
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
Located in the western parts of Guadalajara, Mexico, Casa SE was especially envisioned by Elías Rizo Arquitectos for a family of four adults. According to the architects, the residence is structured on two levels, with the first floor encompassing the public areas of the house, and the second floor containing the dormitories and various terraces. The main façade of the building is relatively shut (notice the large metal screen) and includes a wide gate that grants vehicular access, as well as a pedestrian entryway. The opposite side of the building opens up towards an inner courtyard through large expanses of glass.
The interior layout is flexible and each room has its own special dialog with the outdoors: “The entry foyer leads to a small studio, and reveals a path of access towards the public cluster located on the first floor, which includes the kitchen, living, and dining areas. The second floor includes four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a TV room and a series of elevated terraces that serve each room privately. Vertical circulation between the two levels is granted through a stair that is conveniently located at the central area of the house.” The main materials employed in the design (marble, wood and gray plaster) redirect attention towards the fresh colors beyond the windows…
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.
Simple ways to correct your color mistakes and replace design color myths
I’m sure you’ve heard all of the “rules” when it comes to choosing colors for your interiors. Whether it’s “don’t pair too many colors together or your room will feel cold” or “Don’t just use beige color in your room it will look boring”, there are always ways to correct any myth, right? If you’ve been trying to choose the right color palette for your interiors and you think you’re breaking all the color rules, here are 10 ways to correct your interior design color myths, once and for all. Whether they are true or not, every interior can be an exception to the design rules, right?
While it is true that white reflects light better than any other color in the color spectrum, it doesn’t mean that you have to only use white on your ceilings. In fact, adding color to your ceiling can draw the eye upward and make your room feel and appear larger. Do you have a coffered or barrel vault ceiling or one that has architectural interest? Add color to this “5th wall” to create a look that is stunning.
Remember many color rules are based on lighting and how much natural light is sourced into your interiors. Dark colors when used in small rooms, with very little natural light can cause a “cave effect.” To correct this consider using darker colors in rooms with plenty of windows and bring in lighter color trim, furniture, and flooring materials to balance out the dark colors.
Pair pastel colors with darker saturations of the same base color for gender neutrality
Since the beginning of time colors have always evoked different emotions and connotations and lighter colors are thought of as feminine while darker colors are appeared to feel masculine. This doesn’t mean you can’t pair pastel colors with tones of darker colors to create a fabulous space. Choose a pastel color you love for a few key pieces of furniture and use a color fan deck to choose darker saturations of this color to create a room that fits both genders beautifully.
White seems like it would be the most favoring color in the spectrum, but it can often feel cold and uninviting if you don’t layer white with creams, off-whites or other warm finishes. Instead of shying away from white in your kitchen use it freely in your countertops, tile, and cabinet selections and pair with stainless steel, warm wood floors, and textiles that bring warmth to your white kitchen.
Pair white kitchen finishes with warm elements for an inviting room
Have you ever walked through a home that every room showcases a new color and by the time you walk through the entire home you feel like you’ve gone to the circus? Individuality in rooms doesn’t have to be as dramatic as finding an entirely different color, in fact choosing a coordinating palette of colors for the entire home at one time will help rooms flow together visually and won’t feel so jarring.
Black and white when used together can create a high contrast interior that can often be jarring and uncomfortable. If trying to use monochromatic colors ensure you use them with subtle patterns and without creating a color blocked room of dark walls with dark furniture and only a few hints of white. Consider bringing in subtle neutrals such as tan and gray in small proportions to balance the monochromatic scheme. This will help keep your room complimenting and relaxing.
Monochromatic color schemes can still feel inviting without being jarring
Trends and designers have conflicting views on following design “rules” when choosing colors in your home. Decide for yourself as to whether the colors you choose make the room feel welcoming and enjoyable to stay in or if it makes guests run the other way! Let your gut and emotions steer your design cues. If you don’t feel you can decide, then consider bringing in a design professional to help find colors that work together and speak to your home lifestyle.
Homeowners often get the misconception that if they can’t choose the right color scheme than settling for neutral colors is unadventurous and lifeless. On the contrary! Neutrals don’t have to just stem from the beige and tan color family! Start with warm gold, rich camel browns, buttery cream colors and greige are a few neutrals that are anything but boring! Use them in conjunction with black, heather gray, and chocolate brown to put a new twist on boring neutral colors.
Look at your paint color in the evening and in the daylight before committing
Have you ever noticed many of us go to the home improvement store to buy paint in the daytime? We test out the colors in the day, and we have design consultations only by day? Depending on the layout of your room, daylight and artificial lighting can play a big role in how colors feel to you at different times of the day. Consider painting small paint samples on a wall and observe how the color looks at different times of day before you commit to an entire room.
Your child’s room doesn’t have to be traditional primary colors
Kids’ bedrooms are that one space in the house that the sky is the limit when choosing colors. Primary colors of red, yellow and blue are used in many children’s rooms but we forget that there are hundreds of other colors to choose from! Consider using a color palette of complimenting saturations of their favorite colors throughout the bedding, wall treatments and decor to liven up the usual youth room.
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It’s not an easy job to complement a historic setting. In order to make something blend with the décor, one needs to observe the dynamics of the place. When a family from Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia contacted Nic Owen Architects, the studio immediately responded positively. Such a project was definitely thrilling. Now, let me tell you why. To renew an old terrace, extend the existing space and built a modern home, while respecting the restrictions imposed by the historic Victorian neighbourhood, is like taking something, from trivial to spectacular.
The brief was to create “a larger house with a bright and airy feel to cater for their growing family”. Moreover, the clients requested for a better dialogue between the interior and the exterior (in this particular case, their rear yard). They also wanted to enjoy the benefits of a spacious, lovely new home, characterised by warmth and luminosity. The team of architects managed to mix harmonically the two different styles, the old and the new, without creating a sharp contrast. “The site is in a tight planning area with strict heritage controls, street and side views were of a heightened historic consideration.” A more spacious living space, implied a 1st floor extension (accommodating a master bedroom and a private balcony that overlooks the neighbourhood street).
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