Before: Lacking Style and ColorTodd and Wendy bought their first home after living in Asia, bringing a few treasures with them. They want to create a modern Zen aesthetic in their kitchen and family room, but they are stuck on which colors to choose. Host Jane Lockhart helps them find a color combination that will give them their dream Zen kitchen and family room with a modern twist.
In the open kitchen/family room space, the breakfast bar takes up a lot of space and is not used often. The fireplace has too many layers and is clearly not the minimalist style they like. The sofa is too large for the space, but they need comfortable seating. Kids' toys line the opposite wall without effective storage. The room lacks both cohesive style and color.
After: Modern Zen LivingPresented with a Zen-inspired color wheel, Todd and Wendy select a soothing light teal for the wall color. The cool color makes the room look larger because it recedes. The white countertop is replaced with a dark gray-blue countertop, without the breakfast bar; the darker color makes the new wall color appear more saturated. The fireplace molding is replaced with large, sleek, smoky gray tiles to balance the gray countertops across the room. A single line of pale teal glass tiles accents the top part of the fireplace. A new dinette set provides a more comfortable place for family dining than the old breakfast bar. New cushioned storage benches, a modern armoire and an ottoman provide clever storage for the kids' toys to reinforce the clean, minimal Zen look.
Did You Know? In Feng Shui, blue-green represents rejuvenation and healing.