Roy Otwell, cofounder of the contemporary home furnishings and furniture haven Switch Modern, takes us through his favorite current trends from colors to lighting.
As a veteran of home shows such as HGTV’s Elbow Room and Wise Buys, interior designer Kristen Fountain Davis excels at creating spaces that pop. For this kitchen she layered the sultry black cabinets with a custom hood, a white quartz–topped island, and large-scale brass lanterns, plus some striking upper shelves.
The rich blues of this ancient plant dye are experiencing a fervent resurgence via compelling contemporary objects.
Maybe it’s their good-natured sibling rivalry, or the diplomatic way they disarm sensitive homeowners (Sorry, but your “eggs with legs” collection is not a charming selling point). But HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are, as The Daily Beast once put it, “reality television’s crack cocaine.”
With chairs, decorations, accessories, and rugs, combine warm and cool metals to give your home a savvy balance.
Contemporary designs aren’t all sparse, cold, and full of sharp edges and expensive white sofas. In fact, Chip Wade's transformation of this 1950s ranch near North Druid Hills included a living space centered around life with kids—including reading “towers” and hidden storage.
For instant glamour in a room, add a little sheen—or a lot. When interior designer William Peace of Peace Design was tasked with updating this circa-1992 condo at the Four Seasons, he layered glossy pinks and warm silver tones in the homeowner’s master bathroom for an ultra-feminine, Hollywood-style result.
All one color is my signature look,” says interior designer Jimmy Stanton, owner of Stanton Home Furnishings on the Westside and in Virginia-Highland. Taking a cue from the white facade of his circa-1851 estate in Madison, Georgia, Stanton extended the color scheme (or lack thereof) to his remodeled garage turned pool house, which sports a modern-rustic vibe.
With dreamy colors and traditional patterns, antique Oushak rugs have long been a staple of plush living rooms. But the Oushak style is popular anew—now with a modern refresh, according to Jason Moattar of ADAC’s Moattar Ltd. Here’s a 101 for buying your own.
Tall ceilings and a modern sensibility don’t always add up to comfort, but this media room creates an inviting nook for reading—or binge-watching. “The rest of the house is bright white,” says Cara Cummins, an architect with TaC Studios, which designed the custom house in Tucker. “But the homeowners wanted this room to feel cozy.”