Living RoomContemporary Living Room, New York
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White. As fresh and clean as new-fallen snow, or as mysterious as swans on a lake or mist hanging in a valley, white naturally brings attention to the shape and form of things. Without distraction of color, white offers clarity, though in nature, it’s rarely ever completely pure white, but rather tempered with a touch of gray, blue or yellow.Color pairing: Go all-white for summer with fresh white slipcovers, gauzy white curtains and crisp white walls. Warm up the expanse of white with natural wood, smart black-framed photos and plenty of texture.More of nature’s inspiration for using white at homeMore11 Top Decorating Colors and How to Use ThemHouzz Guides to Colors and Color Palettes
Summer whites. Summer whites seem to amplify the sun, acting like a giant stretch of sandy beach, brought indoors for your pleasure. White in summer feels fresh and utterly simple, too — when you are lounging in lightweight clothes, doesn’t it make sense to dress your home in light layers, too? Try diaphanous white curtains, white painted floors and white slipcovered furniture. Place a row of sun-bleached shells and stones in the windowsill.
8. Go on a clutter-busting spree. Summer is a great time to pare down belongings. Try setting a timer for 15 minutes and see how many things you can get rid of ... and if that felt too easy, do it again!9. Paint something white. Evoke the whitewashed ease of a summer cottage or beach house with a coat of crisp white paint. Paint flea market furniture, old hand-me-downs or (for the brave) the walls and floor.
Mixing It UpAn important point to consider in truss design is that just about anything goes once you understand what each truss component's job is. A king post doesn't have to be made of wood, for example. Sure, that's the traditional material, but a metal rod will work just as well. In fact, a metal rod serving as a king post is visually more appropriate when the truss components are visually articulated, as in this example.
Custom built-ins at the far end of the living room bring the substantial expanse of the room back down to human scale. The handmade walnut dining table adds a single moment of color to an otherwise monochromatic palette. The home intentionally lacks color in order to more clearly reveal texture. The "composition of the house creates a dialogue between the different elements — glass, aluminum, steel, and wood. It is a pared-down design, but in no way minimal," continues Young.
One way of giving exposed wood trusses a modern flavor is to treat them in the same manner as the rest of the construction. This Lake House on Long Island gives every surface — walls, floor, ceiling, trusses — a consistent whitewash. With this treatment, the large living space recalls a gallery, where objects stand out from the white background.