Unable to swim in water that is less than 80 degrees, I could not participate in the inaugural swim for the opening of the Dyer Family Pool. It is official what started six weeks ago with a hole in ground is now a pool! The three bubblers along the back of the pool magically began to arch water into the center of the pool creating a soft waterfall sound. Water swirled from the jets and the light at the deep end of the pool shone in soft bluish white. I looked around and everything glistened in our own moonlit poolside retreat. One of the reasons I like the night is moonlight and the way it cast everything in cool hues of blue. The color blue evokes feelings of calmness and relaxation so in the world of decorating it should be used often! Let’s take a peek at a homeowner’s space that dramatically changed when she introduced blue, somewhere in the Heart of The Villages.
This model is a Bonifay courtyard villa. We painted the main body of the home in a green based blue called Rain-washed. This color is a neutral because it has a tinge of grey added to it as well. Another popular color this season has been one shade lighter called Window Pane. The Rain-washed offered visual change and it went well with the countertops and cabinetry in the kitchen. It is important to remember that the paint color needs to work with everything in the space.
• Crown molding
We had seven inch crown molding installed in the main body of the villa. The ceilings are over nine feet high and we used the larger crown because it shows up better with higher ceilings. Anything over nine feet looks better with larger crown molding.
We installed wainscoting all the way around the living room of this Bonifay and painted it white from the chair rail down. This classic application of wainscoting will make the space look larger, and brighter.
• White wooden cornices
The homeowner wanted to have curtains to add softness but did not want to be locked into a look for a long time. We installed white wood cornices that look very architectural. Underneath the cornices on each side of the window we installed custom stationary side panels. We chose a white linen fabric with a teal blue trellis pattern running through it. This slight pattern and color will make the side panels pop against the white cornices, blue walls and white wainscoting.
• Off white entertainment unit
I know that many people who buy the Bonifay are afraid to use an entertainment unit in the living room for fear that it will eat up space but it does not! The entertainment unit provides a strong focal point and looks more finished than a TV sitting on a stand. Also, the entertainment unit is a much needed opportunity for storage.
• Painted buffet
The Bonifay has a wall opposing a slider in the dining room. The homeowner bought a teal greenish painted sideboard that provides lots of storage. We had a company install mirror inserts in the doors of the sideboard so that all the storage below is hidden. We added the arched mirror for a dramatic effect above the sideboard to capture light from the opposing slider and provide the effect of a window. This made the space looked much larger and wider. Remember, if you have a piece of furniture that has clear glass on the doors but you would like the storage hidden, call a glass company and they can add mirrors so that storage is out of view. It also makes the piece of furniture look more expensive.
The art that the homeowner chose for between the slider and window is the Louisiana Heron by James Audubon. This picture is classic and rich looking. We added black and white palm prints to compliment the classic art as well.
• Zebra Rug
The homeowner has a love for all things zebra! The living room originally had a 5x8 rug in the space but it was too small. We replaced it with an 8x10 I-Kat zebra wool rug. The larger rug fills the space and softens sound.
• Gold Lamps
We added new lamps to space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals. Gold and silver go together as long as the styles are similar.
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