Before + Afters: Tudor With Modern Twist

Where dark wood details and heavy beams once made this historic Tudor-style home feel stuffy, designer Lucie Ayres introduced fresh white walls and sleek, modern furniture. With bright blue and yellow accents mixed in, the interior now feels like a breath of fresh air.

From: Lucie Ayres

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

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Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Multicolored Contemporary Living Room With Dogs

No worry when puppies want to climb on couches...this one's fabric is durable and easy to clean! On the floor, a black-and-white striped rug is a graphic punch.

TV Room, Before

Multicolored Contemporary Living Room With Yellow Art

Blue and yellow touches fill the living room with life and energy. The room's dark floor helps set off the bright colors.

Living Room, Before

Living Room, Before

Contemporary Living Room With Blue Sofa

The living room's bright, blue sofa is not only cheerful, it's pet- and kid-friendly, upholstered in high-performance fabric. Yellow accent pillows are like rays of sunshine.

Multicolored Contemporary Living Room With Blue Sofa

In its former life, the English Tudor house felt heavy and dark with dark wood beams and paneling. To lighten and brighten the look, designers painted everything white; the move also allowed sunlight to bounce around the rooms.

Blue and Yellow Art and Console Table

Keeping walls, flooring and the console table quiet allows this room's artwork to sing out.

Dining Room, Before

Art Deco Dining Room With Black Table

The dining area glitters with brass accents and an elaborate chandelier. A round black dining table is the room's strong visual anchor.

Art Deco Dining Room With Brass Chairs

The dining room's brass dining chairs have mixed seats: some bright white, some luxe blue velvet. Their slim lines are an elegant pairing with the table's blockier shape.

To give themselves a clean slate on which to layer lots of bold, bright colors, designers painted walls, ceilings, even doors white.

Bar, Before

Black and White Contemporary Bar With Mirror

Painting the paneling and beams white, instead of their former dark brown, brightens and modernizes the living room and bar area. Floors were finished in an ebony stain to further set the stage for lots of colorful accents.

Living Room, Before

Contemporary Neutral Living Room With Yellow Pillows

For a household with many pets, sofas were upholstered in high performance fabric. Throughout the rooms, designers brought in color in fun, surprising ways. Here, a built-in bookshelf gets a coat of pretty blue.

Black and White TV Room With Brass Tray

The tv room's large tv and media cabinet become part of the room's dramatic decor, placed against the blank white wall. For lighting, a wall-mounted lamp swoops out into the space.

Blue Velvet Bench and Gazelle Table

The house is full of whimsical moments (Gazelle-as-end-table? Of course!) and colorful pops. Here, a velvet bench picks up on the hues of the artwork.

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