Blending Traditional and Modern
Daren M
February 3, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We moved from Southern California to Texas several years ago and built the traditional Texas home. In the last year we have been going room by room and moving toward a more modern look. The biggest issue is our Foyer. I am having trouble trying to come up with a way to blend the modern. The floors were changed from wood to a porcelain slate mostly due to a water heater flood and about that time we had the arch covered in wood. HELP
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anniau
That's a really elegant stairway and what a generous space. Modern has lots of different meanings. You mentioned that you have tried to make other rooms more modern - what have you been most happy with?
I can see the space connects with all of the rest of the house and any changes in trim colour or walls could would have major ramifications and be a very big job. The wood trim and panelling also looks beautiful quality.
At a first look, a few options to think about to update are:
- The table and the floral display. I think these could be a bit larger, not quite 'hotel lobby' but very generous. Perhaps chose a non-wood table - marble, metal ?
this would be a great place for a taller grand display of foliage, branches etc.
- Lighting - The sconces could be updated but how are these repeated through the house? Is there a possibility for a new chandelier over the centre table?
- the decorative inserts in the stair railings - can these be removed as I think they look a little fussy?
- update the art - something larger
I am curious about the opening about half way up the stairs? Is that needed?
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Specialty Doors
Gorgeous home. I don't think i would change much, perhaps doing something with the black iorn on the staircase... but looks great to me!
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Sustainable Dwellings
If you want more modern, sell this beautiful home and build a contemporary. Don't try to make a cowgirl into a ballerina...
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Daren M
Thank you for all your kind words. I guess my word should have been Contemporary rather than Modern. When we moved in it was all about warmer colors but now I am pulled towards greens and grey. Recently redecorated our dining room and office using green which blended well with the builders standard color. Now I am wondering if I can work in a more contemporary grey. Anniau, it's funny that you mention a larger table, the picture I posted is from before the water heater burst and that table has been replaced with 50" table. We are in the middle of a remodel of the guest bath that is just off the foyer and attached a picture of the tile. It was grouted today so the tile is still a bit hazy.
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anne dee
beautiful intricate flooring!!
for a more contemporary feeling you may want to have a sculpture/similar on the table at the stairway(your present table scape is in the traditional vein)
pic submit fro reference

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Daren M
Anne dee, thank you for the great idea. I have not changed the grouping on the table since we moved in. Time to start sourcing for some new art. Thanks for the great insight.
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anniau
Looks like we are on the same track rocbearca :). Love your bathroom and it works perfectly with the foyer and tile work there.
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Deborah Costa
It is important to stay true to the style of your home to create a cohesive flow from the curb appeal of our house, to the moment you walk in the front door to exploring the layout. If you are sticking to a tight budget, our design team recommends bringing in more transitional elements through furniture, textiles and accessories all while sticking to the bones of your home. For example, search for cleaner lined furniture in neutral color waves. Bring in pops of color and life through pillows, rugs and art. Chandra offers great rugs at an awesome price point that boast both great quality and on trend colors, patterns and textures. While more industrial, I can't help but mention the Four Hands warehouse clearance center in Austin. Hope this helps. Let us know if you need more input. Happy shopping!
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leelee
Add 2 of these ottomans.
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leelee
Then fill the wall with whimsical mask faces.
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leelee
another face
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leelee
one more
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leelee
final one
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