Peaceful Poolside RetreatBefore: Drab Junk Room
Elizabeth and fiancé John love to spend time in their backyard pool house after a long work week. They like the convenience of it, but over the years, it has turned into a catchall-type junk room. A long wall of garage-style cabinets holds all the pool stuff, but are unsightly — they don't stay closed unless they are tied together with bungee cords. The homeowners want to transform this drab interior into a bright, beautiful sanctuary. They would like to use the space for entertaining, so it needs to have a lot of seating and a small kitchen area. Attractive and organized storage is another must. They need plenty of room to keep pool supplies and items for entertaining.
Raising the ceiling and bringing in new windows and French doors now has the room drenched in sunlight. Soothing colors and beautifully textured materials provide the spa-like feel the homeowners wanted. The dark-wood cabinets contrast wonderfully against the blue and green color palette. Elizabeth and John now have a pool house that's not only a great backdrop for entertaining, but it's also a soothing sanctuary for the couple to unwind and relax.
Seating AreaThe sophisticated, yet durable fabric gives a luxurious feel while still being very functional. The center of the seating area is anchored with a cream ottoman/coffee table that doubles as extra seating.
Kenneth's Tip: For a pool house, indoor/outdoor furniture is best.
Side ChairsThe clean lines of the small chairs add to the fresh modern look, and the swivel feature is great for entertaining.
Ceiling and FloorTo fill the large vertical space, Kenneth and one of the homeowners created a water-inspired mobile using a variety of blue acrylic squares. Down below, a new cement floor tinted gray provides a modern look with a practical purpose.
CabinetryThe upper cabinets are recessed, so they are flush with the backsplash, which creates a sleek, modern vibe. To keep the look clean and simple, touch latches are used on the cabinets instead of knobs. The real gem is the water-droplet-shaped tile that adorns the backsplash. Its beautiful blue hue really pops against the dark-wood cabinets. On the opposite wall (previous photo), a seamless wall of matching cabinets gives the homeowners even more storage.
Scrim WallThe soft, silvery gray complements the palette of blues, greens and woodsy browns. A mirror hung in the middle of the curtain reflects the pool and helps enhance the illusion of what's beyond the drape.
Kenneth's Tip: Scrims can conceal and create the illusion of space.