An Orchestrated Interior Design

Mosaic tile on fireplace and impressionistic area rug become the special features.

Mosaic tile on fireplace and impressionistic area rug become the special features.

The beauty of one of my recent interior and kitchen remodeling projects comes not from any one feature, but from the sum of its parts. Like an orchestra, not all parts of the design can play the lead–some parts are supporting roles–some are accents–some lay a foundation for the others to shine–and some help segue from one section to the next…

The foundation of the project started with the removal of the previous 10’x10′ kitchen, walls, and windows.  Enlarging the window openings helped to create a whole new quality of light and brought a timeless essence to the original c.1960 ranch home.

The new space allowed for a new open plan kitchen design. The kitchen cabinets took the lead on directing the design, genre of the space, and established the color family from which the rest of the space is designed.

Sleek linear kitchen with tiger wood cabinets and chrome fixtures.

Sleek linear kitchen with tiger wood cabinets and chrome fixtures.

The floor, which is contiguous throughout the open floor plan, was chosen to compliment the light wood tone color in the cabinet. The base of the cabinet and the entry door color was chosen to compliment the dark tone in the cabinets. The interior doors were painted almost black to also compliment the dark accents throughout.  New modern chrome handrails give the doors an instant updated look.

The light fixtures are a combination of classically modern pieces and ultra contemporary cable lighting. These were specifically chosen to accent the artwork hanging from the art suspension system.  The cable lights also sparkle and reflect off of the glass tile backsplash surrounding the kitchen windows. The tile is a linen white in a stack bond pattern designed to “frame” the windows.

Linear design is enhanced by the glass tile installed in stack bond pattern with cable lights above it.

Linear design is enhanced by the glass tile installed in stack bond pattern with cable lights above it.

Custom entry door, modern handrail, and cable lighting elevate the design of this modern space.

Custom entry door, modern handrail, and cable lighting elevate the design of this modern space.

The horizontal lines of the tiger wood pattern in cabinets are mimicked in the custom handrail and the horizontal panes of the front door.  The wood handrail cap was stained to match the floor.

The mosaic tile on the fireplace as well as the impressionistic modern area rug ties all of the colors together.

Careful consideration was given to  lighting locations, in-ceiling speaker locations, and wall mounted media center and tv.  Not one detail was chosen or installed without design consideration of the remaining space.

Other details include the art suspension system which allows this art lover to quickly and easily edit his collection without having to put holes in the wall.

Modern hallway with custom wood and steel handrail.

Modern hallway with custom wood and steel handrail.

Media/family room space adjacent to open kitchen.

Media/family room space adjacent to open kitchen.

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