Contemporary Design-Make It an Open Invitation

What comes to mind when you think of contemporary? Is it the distinctive element of hard, sleek lines? Maybe it’s the neutral, black, or white color palette that is often seen? Sometimes these characteristics along with others can make a space feel cold and off limits.

A home is a place that should feel welcoming and comfortable. So, what if you love contemporary design but want to make it more inviting for friends and family? Let’s check out a few ideas that can transform your contemporary rooms into a relaxed environment that makes everyone feel at home!

Lighting

Lighting is an element that really has an impact on the environment of the room. Natural lighting is always a plus, so pulling back a few draperies can make a huge difference to your contemporary space. Lighting knocks off the coldness of a room’s environment, so let the natural light shine on those sunny days!

Warm Tones

Contemporary designs do not have to be painted black or white. In fact, a distinctive characteristic of contemporary designs is the horizontal lines which come perfectly through wood grains! A warm toned stain on top of a beautiful wood grain is the perfect way to create a contemporary design while creating a cozy environment!

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Color

Sometimes a pop of color is all a room needs to offer an open invitation to family and friends. The color can come through accessories such as pillows, picture frames, dishes, etc. That one accessory can be what attracts the eye of guests when they walk into your home which drives them to that room.

Aroma

Factors other than just aesthetics can make a room welcoming. Remember walking into your grandparents house and smelling fresh apple pie which takes you straight to the kitchen? The same can be said for a candle or fragrance that adds a pleasing aroma to the room.

Convenience

While convenience may not seem like a visual difference when it comes to the environment, it is definitely something that makes people gather in a space. Convenience, whether it is through technology, organization, etc., adds a pleasant element to the room.

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Open

Contemporary designs in open spaces are a huge plus when it comes to creating an environment that people gather in. Not only does it mean more space, but it means a larger design which can incorporate convenience factors such as technology.

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As you can see, several factors can be taken into consideration when trying to give contemporary spaces a welcoming aesthetic for guests! It goes beyond visuals, so think outside of the box on ways you can make your home the go to place for the next neighborhood get together! Even having a cozy area makes family want to gather more frequently! Try out some of these tips in your contemporary spaces!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Gary Tilson’s Milan Minimalist Bathroom Design

Gary Tilson’s Award Winning Milan Bathroom Design is a very clean minimalist design but is anything but simple….

The clients had already renovated portions of their home including new wood floors in the master

bedroom before coming to me for a design consultation.

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They were ready to upgrade their outdated bath. Remodel Size:13’6″ x 11′ 4″

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Meetings with them identified some key concerns and wishes for their new Master Bath.

They wanted a spa-like bath with clean lines.

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They chose Wellborn’s Milan Cherry in Autumn Spice, setting the tone for the project.

Kohler vessel sinks and faucets continued the clean look.

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Keeping with their minimalist tastes, they decided to do away with pulls. Where necessary, touch latches were added to aid in opening doors / drawers.

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Matching Wellborn trim was added including a valance above sinks with recessed lighting, door casings, caps over the tile wainscot and window casings.

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The original entry to the Master Closet was through the bath taking up valuable wall and circulation space.

The entry was closed in favor of a new door directly from the bedroom which freed up additional wall

space for the shower and toilet areas.

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The original entry to the bath was from a nook at the far end of the bedroom.

The entry was moved to an adjacent wall which was already in the circulation path.

A pair of pocket doors freed up wall space for switches that would have been hidden behind a swinging

door.

An Ecofires firebox with cabinets and shelving matching those of the bath were installed in the alcove

creating an intimate sitting area for reading.

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Additional functional solutions to their needs include:

Hamper base cabinet, Milan doors on the tub surround to access Whirlpool pump,

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Pilaster units each side of the sinks with doors and electrical outlets within,

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Heated Towel Bar and Heated Floor, and a more efficient allocation of circulation space allowing a fuller use of the existing square footage.

The clean lines of the Milan door style with the warm rich Autumn Spice finish on Cherry along with the

other material selections helped to create the sophisticated contemporary result that the well-traveled

clients sought.

And also became an Award-Winning Design for Gary Tilson!

Gary Tilson Barefoot Kitchens & Bath
678-753-5343

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