Before: Undefined StyleMark David thinks less is more, but what he really means is nothing is best. His wife, Te, is desperate for some color, and his extreme minimalism has left the dining room with an empty stomach. In addition, she doesn't think the current dining room table goes with the style of the home, but he loves his recent purchase.
After: Modern Asian DesignDesigner Chayse Dacoda and the Get it Together team come up with a plan to keep the room open and cozy with wood beams, while also adding high contrast with pops of red. They paint the two opposing walls a warm neutral, while the back wall graduates from brown to black. Cream curtains frame the window as well as add a high contrast to the dark wall, and the new dark dining table adds intimacy and warmth.
Chayse's Design Tips:
1. High contrast with warmer tones can make modern design feel cozy.
2. Pay attention to color and texture when choosing an area rug. The more texture a rug has the more intimate it makes a space feel.
area rug (Joy I, 32435) - Home Decorators Collection
Before: Boring and PlainMarried for two and a half years, the couple can't come to an agreement on how to decorate their dining room. Mark wants a modern open design with high contrast of black and white, while Te wants a cozy Asian design with tons of color.
After: Colorful yet StreamlineTwo beams are built to house lights for an intimate feel, but also keep the space open for Mark. An Asian-inspired buffet is installed into one wall, which helps meet Te's needs, but its ultra-modern lines fit into Mark's style. To finish the space, Dacoda creates a contemporary art piece that also has the look of an Asian scroll and adds simple, red accessories.
Bamboo SconcesMaterials and Tools:
existing wall electrical (sconces or in-wall wiring that is sconce ready)
sconce that is fairly flush to the wall
14 pieces of 7' foot tall bamboo, 1" in diameter
3 cut pieces of triangular 3/4" plywood
2 pieces of 1/8" plywood
nail gun with long nails
hot glue gun
1. If you use thinner pieces of bamboo you will need more pieces, if you use thicker than 1" you will need less.
2. There should be two inches of clearance between any part of the light fixture and the wooden sconce.
Steps:1. Attach the sconce to wall, according to the manufacturer's instructions, with the cover attached (no exposed bulb) to create a heat barrier.
2. Nail the three pieces of triangular plywood to the wall underneath the sconce, making sure you have two inches of clearance between the light and the outside of the triangle.
3. Nail the the pieces of 1/8-inch plywood to the triangle pieces. This creates the triangular backing on which to attach the bamboo.
4. Stand the bamboo up and hot glue it to the boards, leaving a very little gap going from one end to the other, until the sconce is hidden.