Reaching the milestone of downsizing from your family home into a space that suits the next phase of your life is an occasion to celebrate. It is also an opportunity to refresh your style, keeping the items that still resonate with you while bringing in new elements. Our client recently had a home built in the Village of West Clay in Carmel, IN to serve her and her family in their next stage of life. The open concept of the house design differed from her previous traditional house, offering her the opportunity to adopt the transitional style. The great room design is a perfect example of how we were able to meld the comforts of her old home into the modernity of her new space.
A spacious entryway leads into the great room and kitchen which are open to each other. The goal of the home’s design was to create a spacious, airy feeling. A large wall of windows helps achieve this look by bringing a lot of light into the space. Tall ceilings and crown molding add to the open feel. To ground the space, we added rich medium-brown wood flooring. The soft greys and creams of the kitchen were pulled into the great room as well for a cohesive look.
Our client wanted a favorite piece of art to serve as the focal point of the great room, which would also drive the color scheme. A fireplace was built in the center of the wall opposite the kitchen, serving as the architectural focal point supporting the painting. The fireplace surround was finished in a soft beige-coral to complement the art piece without distracting from it. We built cabinetry on either side of the fireplace for storage, accessories and television placement.
The blue, pink and green hues from the art piece were pulled into the rest of the space in many ways. A sofa upholstered in a highly textural blue fabric was brought from her previous home, as well as the cream and rose chairs. We added green and pink to the sofa through the throw pillows, and continued the blue into the kitchen with a window treatment set on a wall opposite the painting. The creams and muted blues of the rug complement the colors of the space while softening the rich tone of the sofa.
Our accessory choices supported the colors in the art piece and sofa as well. Blue and cream Asian ceramics dominate the large open space above the cabinetry, complemented by reflective elements and color variations. The apples bring in the green, also adding an organic look. We continued that nod to nature on the table tops by including fresh flowers and plants. By including our client’s glass lamp in a medium blue we were able to provide reading light to the sofa without obstructing the lovely view of the windows.
The final result was a comfortable, open, and light-filled space that highlighted one of our client’s favorite art pieces. She was able to meld the items she loved from her previous life into her new home.
You can learn more about this new construction project in a previous blog post: