Dramatic Transformations: Soothing and Stylish Home

A house this grand needed an interior to match. To enliven the design, Bates Design Associates removed outdated railings, brick arches and uninspiring cabinets, and replaced them with contemporary furniture, colorful artwork and chic statement pieces.

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August 24, 2016

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Mediterranean Style Foyer Before A Refreshing New Look

The scrolled iron railing and chandelier have an old world feel that didn't appeal to modern tastes.

Neutral Transitional Foyer With Silver Chandelier

Pale gray paint freshens up and brightens this foyer. A chrome chandelier with interwoven metal chains brings a modern-glam touch. Scrolled iron stair railing was replaced with a simplified design that still enhances the staircase..

Traditional Living Room Before Redesign

Arched brick doorways are too busy and distracting in this space with a tiered tray ceiling and ornate fireplace surround.

Gray Transitional Living Room With Statuesque Fireplace

By removing the arched brick details and raising the built-in bookcase and doorway heights, this living room appears taller and grander. A mirror behind the glass built-in shelves also helps to visually expand the space. Contemporary furnishings in muted tones create an inviting, but stylish place to relax.

Traditional Formal Dining Room With Glass Leaf Chandelier

Muted tones give this formal dining room a sophisticated, but calming look. The glass leaf chandelier serves as the statement piece in this simply styled space, adding a quirky, whimsical touch for interest.

Boring Beige Kitchen Before A Refreshing Makeover

Cream-colored walls and light wood cabinets feel uninspiring and dull, especially against black countertops.

Transitional Gray Eat-In Kitchen With Breakfast Bar

Having designated areas for specific tasks, like an island prep area and cooking alcove, creates an efficient flow in this kitchen. A pair of chandeliers add elegance and anchor the space. The curved island lends itself to effortless entertaining and casual meals at the breakfast bar.

Contemporary Breakfast Nook With Round Dining Table

A geometric painting on canvas sets the color palette for this breakfast area with the bamboo plant and brown furniture echoing the green and brown hues. The etched glass chandelier, circular rug and round table with chairs visually balance each other with their similar shapes and anchor the room.

Neutral Family Room Before Redesign

Before, this expansive family room didn't maximize the available space. An awkward furniture arrangement makes it feel cramped.

Neutral Family Room With Comfy Beige Sectional

A neutral sectional makes better use of this large space than a traditional sofa. The round coffee table softens the harsh lines in the room and visually balances the boxiness of the sectional. Semi-transparent glass closet doors open up the space more than solid wooden doors.

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