Sometimes two people have different tastes. Sometimes those same two people get married and buy a house. Then what?
I actually don’t consider this to be a problem, it’s one of the fun twists that occur in my job. There are some great surprises that happen when blending two styles.
I’m sure this happens in the culinary world all the time. You have two ingredients that don’t seem to blend, but the careful chef can take those two ingredients and make gastronomic harmony. This was just the case in our latest remodel. The house was a beautiful 1920’s Spanish style. It needed general updating and the floorplan was choppy with a small kitchen and family room.
For this family of four, including two small children, we needed to remodel the entire house. After plans were drawn up and a contractor selected, we got started on the process:
- Establish a palette and overall style
- Select materials
- Decide on a furniture floorplan
The homeowners preferred two different aesthetics. He preferred modern lines, minimalism and a neutral palette. She preferred traditional Spanish or rustic elements with vibrant color.
Establish a palette and overall style
We decided on dark wood floors, stained coffee bean with Benjamin Moore’s Elmira White on most of the walls. The idea with this color combination as to create a more neutral, modern palette as a backdrop for some of the more rustic elements that were added, as well as the original ones. Vibrant colors were added in small doses of fabric and art.
We used materials that felt old world or rustic, while planning to fill those spaces minimally with furniture. Again, appealing to both aesthetics. Old panels were re-purposed as shutters against a new stone wall in the dining room.
Decide on a furniture floorplan
I encourage clients to start thinking about furniture during the construction phase, if not sooner. Furniture placement is a critical element to planning a room. It should be established early so decisions regarding window placement and a lighting plan all make sense.
Here again, we chose a non-traditional furniture arrangement with minimal color and pattern and clean lines. This style of furniture was a nice compliment to the original wood ceiling that was strongly Spanish.
In the end, the home was a perfect blend of both aesthetics.
Email Charmean or call (626) 441-4288 for tips on blending styles for your home.