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Home Decorating Tips and Design Trends from the DC Design House

Although it’s hard to imagine a 10,000-square-foot structure ever being referred to as a cabin, such ample space offers the perfect backdrop for playing with different design concepts in ways that can easily translate to any home. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your great room or your bedroom, or just fun accents to throw […]
by Whitney Richardson | Photos by Robert Radifera
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Although not rustic in nature, the transitional decor featured within the interior of this 1950s Colonial showcases creative ideas for any home.

Although it’s hard to imagine a 10,000-square-foot structure ever being referred to as a cabin, such ample space offers the perfect backdrop for playing with different design concepts in ways that can easily translate to any home. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your great room or your bedroom, or just fun accents to throw into your own decor, these stellar transitional designs are bound to inspire.

Gray is the new neutral. Forget the beiges, tans and taupes — stormier hues are moving in. From the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2012 trend alerts to Pantone’s seasonal reports, gray is clearly making its presence known as a sophisticated-yet-inviting color option.

Swathed in Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray No. 17 — a brown-based gray — the parlor (designed by Annette Hannon of Annette Hannon Interior Design) is an excellent example, exuding warmth in a traditionally formal space through complementary accents such as the stainless steel-painted artwork by David Ivan Clark (supplied by Susan Calloway Fine Arts).

Take time for reflection. Earlier this year, the NKBA reported an increased interest in glass as a backsplash material. Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design plays on that concept with the use of small mother-of-pearl-inspired white shell tiling (supplied by Architectural Ceramics) behind the range in the kitchen to create a reflective focal point. Complementary quartzite countertops from R. Bratti Associates help tie the look together.

It’s all about the outdoors. Outdoor living has increased in popularity in recent years as a cost-effective way to add square footage and to upgrade an existing home. Designers worked with that concept both literally in the form of updated outdoor spaces — most notably in the 6.5-by-40-foot master deck sitting area, featuring a “wallpaper” of garden images printed on KOMATEX, by Shanon Munn and Amanda Welch of Ambi Design Studio — and aesthetically by working to bring the outdoors in through decor.

For example, Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors based the foundation of her color scheme in the morning room on the grays in the fieldstone lining the adjacent patio terrace, with pops of citrine and navy blues to liven it up. The master bedroom, designed by Transitions by Sharon Kleinman, showcases crystal Biarritz light fixtures from Niermann Weeks that subtly mimic the fronds of a plant.

Add architectural interest. The rustic elements of a cabin should provide plenty of interest, but if you opted to drywall your interiors, you may want consider adding a bit of depth to your walls and ceilings. Dan Proctor of Kirk Designs Inc. incorporated paneling (finished in gray, of course) to the far wall to create a cozy but visually appealing place for family members to gather and play games. Carolyn Wilson and Elizabeth Boland of Design in a Day opted to use textured black alligator print wallpaper from Thibaut in the second floor foyer, with the soft saffron hue of Farrow & Ball’s Dayroom Yellow No. 223 coating the ceiling to draw the eye upward, to update an otherwise bland nook.

The DC Design House benefits the Children’s National Medial Center. Doors are open Saturday, April 14, 2012, through Sunday, May 13, 2012.

DC Design House
4951 Rockwood Pkwy NW
Washington, DC 20016

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

Tickets: $20 each

Published in Country's Best Cabins
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  1. We redid our Kitchen in our condo in Grey with black accent. Did not know we were part of the new trend. We liked it so well in the kitchen we also did a 1/2 bath in the Grey with Black accent too. Thanks for the other decorating tips.



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