5 Key Steps to Designing a Cohesive Home
Over the past few months we wanted to focus on 5 areas that help to create a seamless process for clients, but also aided in creating cohesive designs for any home style. Building a home from scratch can seem daunting and overwhelming at first, but by simplifying the process it not only becomes easier, it creates an opportunity to have fun while you’re designing your home!
Know the vibe and carry it throughout the entire home.
The first place to start is with your exterior, it’s the first thing that everyone sees. When this house was being designed, Country French inspiration images were used to influence the structure of the home, and then carried throughout the interior. The exterior of this house is a combination of wood, painted brick and stone, and metal accents. The idea was to keep the home simple in tone and packed with details.
Choose a color pallet and stick with it.
On the exterior of the home, Alabaster by Sherwin Williams was an obvious choice for creating a crisp and clean look. By keeping the house color palette simple, it was easy to carrying the exterior paint color throughout the inside of the home for the walls and trim. By keeping the paint colors tone on tone, it allowed the stone and wood accents to create a big statement.
No room feels complete without texture!
Of course, everything has some sort of texture too it, whether it is smooth or rough. Choosing the right type of texture can make or break a room. Texture is what makes a room feel cozy, and creates a sense of completeness in the space. In this home, there were two rooms in particular that had amazing texture that created focal points within the home. In the master bedroom, the exterior stone was used to create an accent wall behind the bed. The stone was smeared in heavy white mortar to create a rough texture, which offset the softness of the white walls and trim.
The next space has been my favorite room to date, and it is definitely because of its unique texture! The Four-Season room off of the back of the kitchen has smear mortar and white washed brick walls. This was a three-step process that took trial and error, but without a doubt it turned out perfect. The four interior walls were bricked, and then heavy smear mortared. The smear was heavier than what we had planned, so portions of the mortar were removed and the whole room was white washed. We wanted to keep a portion of the texture tied into the whole house design, so the brick was white washed with the same wall paint color, Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.
Lighting creates dimension and functionality in every space.
When selecting light fixtures in a house it is important for each fixture to look intentional in that space, but also remain conducive with the rest of the home. Whether that means sticking to a particular type of glass – seeded versus milk glass; or if that means pairing metal finishes that are complementary of each other- brushed brass and chrome. In this home a variety of chrome and brass light fixtures were used. The finishes on the light fixtures also helped contribute towards cabinet hardware and mirror finish selections. This client in particular wanted the home to look high-end, and lighting was a key element to creating the finish look.
Tip: At the end of every selections meeting, I like to collage all the lighting together on one page to double check that the lighting as a whole works well together
Figure out your decorating style.
After the building process is over, the final touch of making your house feel like home is with décor. Post-closing, the client was interviewed on their process of furnishing and selecting pieces for their Ventura Home. Similar to the whole design process, a color pallet was selected and carried throughout the house with natural and monotone elements. Playing off of the building materials used on the interior and exterior of the home, it created a cohesive and cozy feel for the entire home.