When deciding what to renovate in your home, think of the areas that will create the most impact. In this home, we took the largest focal points of the main living space and focused on those items to create the most bang for the buck, so to speak! The large staircase in the foyer, the fireplace, the dining room and the kitchen.
The foyer is the first impression and the large staircase is the focal point, it needed to “be” the focal point, but did little to portray that. The stairs’ treads and risers were refurbished in wood and stained in a warm welcoming tone. The railings and newels were done in the same wood finish, but the turned balusters were painted in crisp white in contrast. The contrast in finishes at the stairway makes each integral part catch your eye as you enter. Not a bad first impression.
Heading straight through the hallway into the living room you take notice of the luxurious tile choice that has integral black rug border patterns within it. As you continue towards the living room your eye is swept upwards towards the cathedral ceiling. That leads us to our next renovated area, the fireplace. The dark foyer’s black tile border color was installed on the hearth and face of the fireplace and really unites the two adjacent spaces. The mantel and front was updated in a clean white painted traditional wood that contrasts the black hearth and facade’s tile. Boldly, the entire fireplace wall bump out was painted in a dark blue almost black tone to break up the living room space and create some architectural interest.
The dining room is open to the living space, so it was only natural to tie the two spaces together in an inexpensive, but impactful way. The dark blue, almost black paint was used on the dining room walls to create a dramatic effect. To continue the theme of dark and light contrast we applied white painted moldings to the walls to produce an applique. The almost black and white combination create a striking dining space!
Lastly, we head into the kitchen, where we updated the cabinetry to a timeless white painted finish, the wood flooring to match the new front stairway, new countertops and updated all plumbing fixtures. The design is extremely functional and boasts an open feel with a centered working island area. The cabinet door choice is a pretty raised panel with matching drawer fronts. There was no detail left undone, there are decorative false doors on the side of the island, a corner glass mullion lite cabinet door accent and under cabinet molding, a detail most clients forget about and under cabinet lighting. The wall cabinets were not brought to the ceiling, but finished in crown molding and leave an open space above that makes the kitchen feel larger than it is. Overall this kitchen not only boasts a timeless style and endless detail, but will perform for many yeast to come.