Light, Bright Colors Highlight This Home's Open Layout

This remodeled home features a bright, white foyer with black front door and an attractive stairway with metal railings. The home office has built-in shelves and cabinetry. The home's gray transitional living room includes a fireplace and an interesting chandelier of interconnected glass globes. Nearby, the remodeled kitchen features a blue subway tile backsplash and an island with thick marble countertop.

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September 13, 2016

Photo By: Braun + Adams

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Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

Photo By: Braun + Adams

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Before: Foyer and Front Door

A spacious foyer feels dark and uninspired, though high ceilings offer potential for a brighter, lighter setting.

White Foyer With Black Front Door

In a huge contrast to its original imposing feel, the entryway is now sunny and welcoming with charming built-in window seats flanking the front door. The door itself is painted black, a handsome pairing with all the white.

Before: Foyer and Stairs

The entry is dark and cramped, with double doors sending visitors straight into a set of stairs. Makeover, please!

White Foyer With Stairway and Dresser

The base of the stairway was painted white which helps it fade into the background and visually lightens up the entry. Thin metal railings add to the airy, delicate feel.

White Transitional Foyer With Pink Rug

In the foyer, the palette is kept mostly neutral with different kinds of natural wood and a dark brown dresser. A fun pop of color comes from a little area rug.

Before: Blue Foyer and Double Doors

Large sets of double doors open off from the foyer into the rest of the house. They need to be better incorporated into the flow from room to room.

White Transitional Foyer With Pink Rug

A pink rug brings cheery energy to the foyer where the original elaborate stair railing was switched out for one with clean, simple lines. The result is a space that feel fresh and bright.

Blue Transitional Home Office With Black Desk

The home office is kept simple and elegant with a handsome desk and built-in shelves and cabinetry. Windows line one entire wall, letting natural light pour in.

Before: Living Room With Fireplace

With its hardwood floors and stately fireplace, the bones of this living room are good. It just needs a little love and personality.

Gray Transitional Living Room With Fireplace

The formal living room uses vertical lines (the floor mirror, the high back armchairs) to draw the eye upward and make the ceiling feel higher. A delicate chandelier floats bubble-like above the space.

Gray Transitional Living Room With Armchair

Light gray walls recede and make the open concept lower floor of the home feel bigger. It's also a fresh contrast with the crisp white trim.

Before: Living Space and Kitchen

Low ceilings add to the shadowy feel of the living area and kitchen and a wood paneled wall feels out of place amidst a sea of pale yellow.

White Transitional Living Room With Blue Basket

A basket this pretty deserves to be on full display. In the living room, it gets the important job of storing throws and adds a dose of rich color to the space.

White Transitional Living Room With Blue Ottoman

A large flat ottoman makes a good coffee table or extra seating in a pinch. The pale blue is a serene addition the living room's grays and white.

Open Plan Transitional Living Room With Sectional

Before, dark wood floors and yellow walls made the open plan living and kitchen areas feel dark and small. But a lick of white paint and lighter floors brightens the entire space and reflects the sunlight.

White Transitional Dining Room and Kitchen

The kitchen flows easily into the dining room where an unfussy wood table can be dressed up or down depending on the need. White chairs help unify the look.

White Transitional Great Room With White Sofa

The kitchen, dining room and living area now flow seamlessly one to the next with the color scheme connecting the different spaces. Pale blue pillows on the sofa draw out the kitchen's blue tile backsplash.

Dining Room With White Chandelier

Texture is a great way to add visual interest when you have layers of the same or similar colors. This ridged chandelier pops against the white wall in the dining room.

Before: Traditional Kitchen

In the kitchen, too, the architecture is solid with beautiful details like the traditional range hood. But the space is sorely in need of freshening up.

White Transitional Kitchen With Pink Rug

A rug can be a fun way to bring color and pattern into a neutral space. In this kitchen, a pink and red one adds warmth to the palette of pale blue and white.

White Cottage Kitchen With Black Barstools

With crisp white walls and cabinetry and a pale blue tile backsplash, it's like a breath of fresh air swept through the kitchen making it a pretty, welcoming place. A slab of white marble overhangs the island creating a handy spot to grab a snack or hang out with the chef.

Blue Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Subway tiles in a pale blue-gray give depth to the backsplash and make the white cabinetry feel even more fresh.

White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Countertop

A large center island with a marble top ups the prep space and elegance factor of the kitchen, illuminated by graceful pendants.

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