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What Hue are You? How to Choose and Use Color for Your Kitchen or Bath in Your Whole Home Remodel

pascalWhile experimenting with a palette is one of the most exciting phases of the creative design process, the number of options and combinations involved can make color selection in your new space seem daunting. Where do I start? Which colors go with each other? Are there certain colors that make more sense for the kitchen or bathroom in my whole home remodel? These are just a few of the questions we answer below.

The Big Picture
Before you start choosing color for your kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to envision the whole room. Keep in mind that color is on all the materials you choose for your space (not just the walls or tile). The combination of these elements will create a composition.

raynesThe Mood
Color has a strong influence on mood. Determining the feeling you want in your home is an essential first step in choosing colors. Consider if you want a light and airy feel, or a more intimate enclosed space, which may have darker tones. Remember that cabinetry is a significant design element in a kitchen or bath and will be one of the most important sources of color in the room.

The Details
After determining the visual feeling you want to create, select your countertop material and color: granite, wood, quartz, tile, etc. For a bathroom, you may want to select the tile style and color before your countertop, since tile is an important design statement in the room. Then choose your flooring, and finally the wall treatment, which should be in a hue that unifies all the different colors in the room. If you are daring about color, experiment with unconventional shades on permanent pieces, such as countertops, tiles and appliances or fixtures. If you want to take a more cautious route, first try playing with color in places where it can easily be changed, such as walls, art and accessories.

perryYour Individual Style
It’s helpful to understand your personal relationship to color before you start choosing colors for a room. One client tells us how much she enjoys waking up in the morning to her apple green kitchen countertops. While that color wouldn’t work for everyone, it makes her happy and invigorates her for the busy day to come!

Color inspires the imagination and brings distinct character to your home. Working with professional designers who have years of experience in creating successful color palettes, you can experiment with what works best for the kitchen or bath in your whole home remodel.

A Home Office That Does a Good Job in Your Whole Home Remodel

September 5th, 2014
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Office2With the multi-tasking lifestyles of today’s families and the increased tendency to work outside of a 9 to 5 routine, an office has become an essential element in many modern homes. Whether you choose to create a separate room for an office in your whole home remodel or to find a place within your existing home to strategically place a workspace, here are some ideas to keep in mind:

1. Space Planning
An efficient and appealing home office starts with thoughtful space planning. The layout should be determined by how you will most use the space: will you be sitting at a computer most of the time, or will you be writing or having meetings at a desk? Home offices also require careful consideration of electricity and lighting to accommodate various tasks. A professional design team is particularly helpful in the crucial space planning phase of designing your home office.

lyon2. Choose Your Focal Point
While significant work takes place at this home office in an oceanside condo, the client wanted to enjoy his spectacular views at the same time. Is there a view in your home you would like to take advantage of for your home office space? Perhaps the focal point in your office will be a striking piece of furniture or art. Choosing a visual focus organizes and sets the tone for your office.

vibrant3. Integrate the Design
If you are borrowing space in a kitchen or hallway for your home office, you usually want the option to conceal your work area when it’s not in use. This kitchen design integrates an innovative wall cabinet to store supplies for a mini home office that can easily be hidden when guests arrive or it’s time for dinner!

Your home office should be as carefully and imaginatively designed as every other area in your whole home remodel to assure a consistent look throughout your space. Have fun collaborating with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals to create a space that works for you

Beautiful Lights for Shorter Days: Lighting Fixtures for Your Whole Home Remodel

August 29th, 2014
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With Labor Day’s arrival, it starts to feel more like autumn even though summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd. As days get shorter and natural light in your home decreases, it’s a perfect time to consider imaginative lighting choices for your whole home remodel. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Lighting as Art

This stunning lighting fixture in the kitchen above was custom designed for a couple who love and collect art and have filled their home with their collection. They wanted their kitchen to reflect their love of art.

wellsLighting as Style
Period lighting and vintage lighting bring character to your home. This bedroom’s color scheme was inspired by the clients’ treasured vintage lamp from a company in NYC that specializes in industrial vintage pieces.

MaglaqueLighting as Definition
Define areas of your home with lighting, particularly when your space is designed with an open plan. In this home with an expansive open layout, the family room, dining area and kitchen are each given a sense of place with careful lighting choices.

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The type and placement of lighting in a home is an essential element of planning that all professional designers carefully consider during the process of creating your new home environment. The glittering chandelier above the dining area in this home for a couple that loves to entertain promises elegant dinner parties with fascinating conversation.

Lighting awakens, inspires and relaxes us. Working with a professional team of designers, you will discover many ways to illuminate your style during your whole home remodel.

Five Elements of a Fantastic Family Room in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 22nd, 2014
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familyroom2With the demanding schedules of today’s households, it can sometimes seem difficult to get everyone together in one place. A comfortable family room where family and friends can easily gather together for board games, movie nights, and sporting events inspires quality time with those we love. Here are five ideas to make the family room in your whole home remodel shine:

1. Space Planning that Promotes Togetherness
Working with a professional design team, you will discover ways to place furniture, accessories and lighting to inspire conversation and promote shared activities.

2. Decide on a Focal Point
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Whether it’s a fireplace, a large screen TV, a colorful piece of art, or stunning views, one focal point in a room helps the whole room design pop with personality and style.

3. Organized Storage
A good family room design includes practical storage for entertainment center accessories, books, toys, and games. Keeping the area clutter-free makes the space feel more welcoming and relaxing.

4. Integrated Design
With the emphasis on open layouts in today’s home design, many family rooms are open to the kitchen and living area of the home. If this is the case in your house, it’s important to work with a professional design team to ensure that your family room integrates with the rest of your home while also establishing a distinct, comfortable area for family time.

familyroom35. Lighting
An emphasis on natural light and connection to your home’s surroundings brings comfort to the family room. Also consider task-oriented lighting for reading and playing games.

A family room in your whole home remodel is a delightful space to share activities with family and friends. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can create a memorable space for spending time with those you love.

 

What Makes Your Island Stand Alone? Kitchen Island Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

August 15th, 2014
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diningA kitchen island is the centerpiece of many kitchens, serving as a gathering place and as a functional anchor for prepping, cooking, serving and entertaining. Working with a team of professional designers who are familiar with the many options available and how they can be customized, you can arrive at the ideal kitchen island design for your whole home remodel. Here are some considerations:

Purpose:
How will you use your island? Perhaps you are a baker who would like extra storage for baking trays and accessories. Maybe you’re a small family who wants space to do office work and homework at your kitchen island. Good design starts with knowing what function the design will primarily serve. The family in the Mid-Century modern home shown above loves to gather round their island on comfortable white vintage chairs for intimate family meals.

JDRRetro5Scale:
For those who entertain in their kitchen frequently or who plan to gather as a family for meals around the island, a larger island is often preferred. Those who use their kitchens for more functional purposes may prefer a smaller island. Choosing an unexpected scale is a design decision that brings visual interest to the room. The unusually small island in this nostalgic sunny yellow kitchen can be moved around the room, achieving a high level of functionality and navigation.

Materials and Colors:
There are hundreds of combinations of granites, marbles, woods and tiles to
choose from when selecting a kitchen island. Some decisions are practical: will marble stand up to the amount of kitchen prep you will be performing on a daily basis or would quartz be a better choice? Some of the choices are about style: do you want a natural look that 1_6801606_vt52276-101 (1)would best be achieved with wood or granite? Color is a powerful design choice as well. The dove gray island in this fresh white kitchen is a significant centerpiece and helps to define the kitchen in the open
layout of the space.

Whatever the design of the kitchen in your whole home remodel, the kitchen island is a functional hub and gathering place to share with family and friends. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you through the process of remodeling your kitchen to encourage an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

The Roots of Great Design: Bring Wood Elements into Your Whole Home Remodel

August 8th, 2014
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perryAdding elements of wood to your whole home remodel creates a visual alliance between indoors and outdoors, instantly brings warmth to a space, and supports a sense of appealing solidity. Our design team enjoys discovering new ways to experiment with natural woods in whole home remodels. Here are just a few of the ways woods can make a difference in the style of your home:

hollandBalance and Solidity
Wood helps to balance minimal lines and bright colors, as shown in this open kitchen and dining area. The tactile surface and earthy grains of wood ground a design with solid comfort.

Sense of Calm
Combining elements of water and earth is a design practice that evokes a calming sense of Zen in a space. This kitchen combines natural stone, granite with a waterfall effect, and woods in the cabinetry, floor and imaginative cooktop hood to create a feeling of Rustic Zen.

plaComforting Warmth
The natural, authentic look and texture of wood adds a homey feeling that invites touch. The live edge table in this kitchen was custom built from a found piece of rosewood.

Expressing your unique point of view is one of the most enjoyable parts of a whole home remodel. Working with a team of professional designers, you will discover a myriad of possibilities to make your home feel truly one-of-a-kind.

How Does Your House Say Hello? Curb Appeal and Entryway Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

July 11th, 2014
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1_6922541_vt53060-101First impressions matter as much for your whole home remodel as they do in other areas of life. The entry is the first place where visitors will get a sense of the aesthetics and craftsmanship of your home. Here are some ideas for saying “hello!” with style in your whole home remodel:

Design Unity
The entry design should unify with the design throughout your home. An ultra-modern entry to a traditional home would be visually jarring and vise versa. Working with a professional team of designers, you can explore ways to set the tone for the design of your home at the front door. The doorway to this home blending mid-century and modern themes (shown above) hints at the imaginative design to be found within.

2_6317966_48643_02Personal Welcome
At the entry to your home you are welcoming visitors into your most personal space. Imbue the space with meaning by weaving your personality into the design. For this contemporary home in La Jolla Shores, the custom door was created with a window made from sea glass the clients collected on the nearby beach. Favorite pieces of art adorn the space in glowing niches.

Landscaping
When planning your entry, consider the entire impression including the landscaping leading to your front door. In our San Diego climate we are fortunate to live with greenery year round. Enliven the welcoming nature of your home with carefully planned landscaping for colorful appeal like the coastal garden shown below.

KunbergerThe most essential aspect of the entryway for your whole home remodel is that it expresses your own unique style and point of view. Transforming your home during a whole home remodel creates the ideal opportunity for considering how your home makes its first impression!

Inspiration for Living: Asian-Influenced Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 21st, 2014
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powder1Our designers are seeing increased interest in Asian-inspired themes for whole home remodels, kitchen design and custom bathroom design. Sometimes thought of as “Zen” design, Asian-inspired design celebrates simplicity, clean lines, sophisticated color choices and elements of nature. If you have been inspired by Asian-influenced designs during your travels or while collecting art and would like to express your affinity for Asian themes in your home, our professional designers can help you with design decisions that makes sense for the function and aesthetics of your home. Here are some elements of Asian-inspired design to consider:

Visual Cues:
The levered lighting, Shoji-style vanity doors, and rustic mirror in the nationally award-winning powder room shown above immediately signal an appreciation for Asian materials and shapes, further defined by the dramatic dark glitter of the tile wall.

difioreFunctionality:
The unfolding Shoji-style door in this bathroom establishes an Asian-influence that is at once tranquil, visually appealing and functional. Clean, simple lines and tiles carefully placed to evoke peaceful rainfall are inspired by Asian design.

Natural Materials:
In this Rustic Zen kitchen, the gleaming backsplash of black granite creates a subtle impression of falling water while natural stacked stone surrounds the ovens. These sophisticated design choices pay tribute to the Asian-influenced tradition hollandof incorporating elements of water and earth into home design.

Finding creative ways to express your personal style is one of the most enjoyable aspects of your whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover inspiration from all over the world and bring it home to your own environment!

Designing with Color for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 9th, 2014
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PerryLRColor imbues a whole home remodel with style, emotion and character. Choosing colors for your home can sometimes feel intimidating or overwhelming. Working with a team of professional designers, you can draw on their expertise and engage in the creative process while exploring color options that work for you. Here are some ways to experiment with color in your whole home remodel:

Inspiration Point
If you’re not sure what colors you want to live with in your whole home remodel, our designers will help you discover inspiration in unexpected places. The exciting hues in a whole home remodel we recently completed for a young couple were inspired by the first painting they bought for their baby daughter.

PerryBRStart Small
When you are hesitant about using bold color or not sure how much you will like a certain shade, starting with just one wall or even a smaller room, such as a powder room or master bathroom, is a smart way to experiment.

Balanced Foundation
Grounding bright colors with solid neutrals is essential to avoid a circus-style look with a cacophony of competing colors. Whites, grays and earth tones can all work as a neutral balance in a room. The gray marmoleum floor in this whole home remodel unifies a design with an array of vivid colors.

PeryDRIf you are inspired to use unexpected color in your whole home remodel, working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps guide you through a process of discovery. Professional designers can help you find the color families and hues that best express your personal style.

Keep Your Options Open: Kitchens in Open Floor Plans for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 3rd, 2014
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LAkitchenDuring the last few years, our professional design team has seen an increasing interest in kitchens within open floor plans for whole home remodels, which encompass the kitchen, living room, family room and more. A kitchen that integrates with the rest of the living area presents many advantages. Here are some aspects to consider when planning your whole home remodel:

pecsarkitchenFamily Time
With a kitchen open to the living area of your home, it’s easier to interact with your family while preparing meals. Especially for families with children and homework, an open floor plan enhances daily family life. This kitchen was designed to comfortably accommodate three generations with several areas for interaction during mealtimes.

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A space that feels like a “great room” rather than a series of separate rooms creates an area most conducive to circulating and socializing. In this kitchen for clients who often host large family events, the space is open from the front of the home, through the dining area and kitchen, and into the outdoor living area, creating a welcoming and functional floor plan.

Space Planning
In kitchens with few walls, space planning is critical. Appliances must be carefully placed and streamlined to retain the clean aesthetics of an open space and the efficiency of the kitchen. The most visually appealing kitchen designs conceal major appliances with cabinetry that makes the kitchen feel less like a kitchen and more like an integrated space in the open area.

Designing a kitchen in an open floor plan for your whole home remodel requires careful consideration. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore the space planning that makes sense for your lifestyle.