Kind of Moody

There is no denying the popularity and appeal of a light and airy space bathed in whites, creams and light grays, but there is definitely a shift occurring.  It seems that more homeowners are starting to embrace color and the deeper hues of the spectrum.  Oftentimes, they are not incorporating dramatic colors throughout their entire home, but homeowners are using a moody aesthetic in small spaces or corners to add contrast, sophistication and depth.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource explores where and why you may want to consider mixing darker colors into your home’s design.

What Do We Mean By Moody?

Let’s start with some misconceptions when it comes to spaces with a darker palette.  Moody is not necessarily synonymous with black.  Really, any rich color or jewel tone can be used to achieve that obscure, moody aesthetic that so many people are inserting into their homes.  Moody also doesn’t have to mean dark or dreary, which can be a concern for individuals as they contemplate their home’s color scheme.  When we talk about moody spaces, we’re referring to rooms and nooks that use deep, saturated colors to set the tone for a space.  Maybe you’re looking for drama?  Perhaps, you want a sense of calm?  Or you may think that darker hues are cozier?  Whatever your reason, dark colors have a lot to offer and can tie in with any style.

Elm Grove Den

Why Should I Consider Dark Hues?

We’ve touched on the feelings that inkier colors can evoke – relaxation, elegance, intimacy.  But it can also be a powerful design tool.  Darker colors are a great way to showcase other elements whether it be an architectural detail, lighting, artwork or furniture.  Pieces tend to “pop” against a darker or monochromatic palette.  It is also a great opportunity to create a focal point.  For instance, some people will opt for a moody wet bar or built-ins in an otherwise lighter room to really command attention.  Bold hues can also ground a space, which can be helpful in an expansive area.

Fox Point Wet Bar

Where Should I Use a Deeper Palette?

A moody color scheme can work in any space that you’re willing to take a risk.  But we often see it used in smaller spaces, such as powder rooms.  Surprisingly, this can actually make a room feel larger because it takes the emphasis off the placement of the walls, drawing attention to other details.  It’s also common in bedrooms to create a calm environment, perfect to relax in at the end of the day.  Libraries or home offices are another great opportunity for that moodier look.  People often desire a sense of grounding or peace when they need to concentrate on a book or work.  Of course, it is not uncommon to use darker shades in a home theater or lower level, too.

Hartford Library

How Can I Balance a Moody Space?

Even with all that darker colors have to offer, it can be intimidating to use them in your home.  It’s all about balance and good design.  Bold colors often pair well with natural textures and elements – marble, wood, concrete, metals.  Lighting is also an important component.  Natural light can play a huge role in the success of a moody space, creating pockets of light and the perfect shadowing.  When natural light isn’t an option, be sure to include layers of light with task lighting, dimmers, and in- and under-cabinet lighting to really create an ambience.  Use textures to introduce character and subtle contrast.  Try to incorporate lighter hues with furniture, accessories and textiles.

Home Design Is Looking Up | Beams

When designing a new home or updating an existing space, there is a lot to think about. People can spend hours mulling over paint colors, hardware options, cabinetry finishes, and other details, but one aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the ceiling.

The ceiling is just as much a design opportunity as elements such as light fixtures or flooring. It can be an unexpected focal point, drawing visitors’ attention upward and adding character to a space.  

What is one of Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource’s favorite ways to add architectural interest to a ceiling?  Exposed beams.  Their original purpose was functional back when timber frame construction was popular.  With new technology, it became commonplace to conceal beams, but now, many homeowners are opting to incorporate beams, whether faux or functional, for their aesthetic appeal and charm.

Style

Exposed beams are a detail that can complement any style.  Opt for reclaimed barn beams with authentic patina and distress marks to achieve a rustic aesthetic.  Don’t have access to antique beams?  Incorporate new beams that are made to look old – hand-distressing, sanding and custom staining.  Do you have a more modern home?  Perhaps, you want to include exposed steel beams.  Or maybe a warm wood beam is the perfect contrast to other contemporary elements.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Emphasis

Beams are an opportunity to add visual weight and can help ground a space, adding warmth and texture to make a room feel cozier.  For instance, a room with vaulted ceilings can sometimes feel large and cavernous.  Exposed beams can help scale a living area to create more intimacy.  They can also help emphasize architectural details that may be overlooked.

Hartford Family Room Remodel

Cover

Oftentimes, if a load-bearing wall is removed to open up a room, a microlam header is used to support the structure.  Beams can conceal these less attractive details.  Bonus – they help keep spaces open yet separate, delineating rooms and adding visual interest rather than having one open space.

Elm Grove Family Room Remodel

Warmth

As we touched on earlier, exposed beams can add warmth and variation to a space.  They help soften the formality of a room, and they create dimension, elevating a design without overdoing it.

Elm Grove Family Room Remodel

An Island of a Different Color

There is no denying the popularity of the white kitchen.  And can you blame homeowners?  It instantly brightens a space and offers a timeless look.  But for some, a white kitchen can be a bit stark or sterile looking.  Those individuals are looking for warmth and texture.  That’s where a contrasting island comes to the rescue.  White cabinetry with a painted or stained island can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and charming.  It’s an opportunity to add interest and soften the formality of a space.

Contrast

Whether it’s subtle or striking, contrast is a key component to a well-balanced design.  A different colored or textured island is the perfect opportunity to introduce contrast to a space, offering dimension and character.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Personality

An island can be tailored to anyone’s taste.  Show off your personality with your favorite color.  Add texture with a wood top or natural stone.  Change up the hardware.  The options are endless to showcase your style.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Focal Point

Using different colors or materials puts emphasis on the island, creating a focal point without using overly ornate or fussy details.  It draws visitors’ attention to the center of the space and creates a hub for the kitchen.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Furniture-Style

A customized island can really take on the role of a piece of furniture.  Because kitchens are often open to other entertaining spaces, it can help the spaces flow better and be more visually appealing to have a furniture-style island.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Bartelt’s Mary Sweet Quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Our very own designer, Mary Sweet, was recently quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “When projects around the house need attention, should you do it yourself or hire professional help?”

“‘There’s nothing we haven’t seen before,’ said Sweet.  She said Bartelt is well equipped to deal with unforeseen circumstances that can be intimidating for do-it-yourselfers.”

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DIY or Hire a Professional

Bartelt Named Best of Houzz 2020

We are excited to announce that we were recently awarded Best Of Houzz 2020 in the Design category by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.  Bartelt was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

“We are honored to be named Best Of Houzz 2020 in the Design category” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “It is the result of our team’s and industry partners’ dedication to innovative design and superior craftsmanship.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography.  Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community.

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Best of Houzz 2020

Bartelt Wins 2020 Regional CotY Award

Bartelt was recently named the 2020 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

“We are honored to be named the 2020 Regional Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “This accomplishment is the result of the expertise, creativity and superior craftsmanship of our entire team, industry partners and clients.  We are truly fortunate to work with the best!”

Bartelt was selected as the winner of Region 3 North Central, an area that includes contractors from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners will now be eligible for the National CotY Awards.  National winners will be honored at NARI’s Evening of Excellence reception on Friday, April 24, 2020, in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

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Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Elm Grove Family Room Remodel

Elm Grove Staircase Remodel

Elm Grove Home Office Remodel

Bartelt Donates 1,187 Pounds of Food to Hunger Task Force

Bartelt hosted a food drive in December for Hunger Task Force and donated 1,187 pounds of non-perishable food items with the help of our team, clients, industry partners and community.

Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity.  Its mission is to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.  Hunger Task Force makes sure donations stay “Free & Local.”

Hunger Task Force Food Drive

Bartelt Wins Three Gold Remodeler of the Year Awards

On Friday, January 17, 2020, Bartelt took home three GOLD Remodeler of the Year (RotY) Awards.  Our team was recognized in the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000, Residential Interior $100,000 – $250,000 and Residential Kitchen $100,001 – $150,000 categories.

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Rick Bartelt, owner.  “These awards are the result of the dedication, expertise and creativity of our entire team – our designers, carpenters, electricians, cabinetmakers, production staff, trade partners and clients.  We are truly fortunate to work with the best!”

The Remodeler of the Year Awards is an annual event hosted by NARI Milwaukee.  It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year.

Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

The 1930s home had been gutted by another contractor who did not properly demo the house and eventually left it in disarray. The homeowners needed to make it livable for their young family, and they desired spaces that would reflect their style and acknowledge the era of the home. Now, the spaces are conducive to daily life and entertaining. The remodel features new hardwood floors, a family room with a vaulted ceiling, beams, and a restored “Church” window, a den with a linear gas fireplace, a functional kitchen with a cherry island top, and a large master suite.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Elm Grove Family Room Remodel

Residential Interior $100,000 – $250,000

The 1930s home was dated and compartmentalized. The homeowners desired a functional layout that complemented their lifestyle. With the removal of walls and the addition of large archways, the first floor spaces are now open to one another while acknowledging the original scale of the home. The expanded kitchen features a navy island, a marble top, and high-end paneled appliances. A new mudroom offers practical storage and a buffer between indoor and outdoor spaces. The remodeled lower level has a rustic aesthetic and boasts a wet bar with reclaimed barn wood and a wine cellar.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Wauwatosa Lower Level Remodel

Residential Kitchen $100,001 – $150,000

The homeowners’ kitchen was dated, dark and cramped. They wanted to create a space that reflected their style and was more conducive to their daily life. With the removal of walls, the remodeled kitchen is now open to other first floor spaces and accommodates the family of five’s needs.  It features an emerald green island, ample storage, high-end appliances, marble-look quartz tops, brass fixtures and hardware, furniture-style cabinetry and a zinc range hood. The space is a nod to the home’s original charm while mixing in the homeowners’ modern style.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Rick and Chris Bartelt Featured in MKE Lifestyle Magazine

The Faces of Exceptional Design and Remodeling

The July 2019 issue of MKE Lifestyle magazine features Rick and Chris Bartelt in its “Faces of Metro MKE” special section.  Rick and Chris are hanging out in downtown Delafield, the charming community where our office is located.

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MKE Lifestyle Features Bartelt as Industry Leader

We were recently featured as the “Industry Leader of the Month” in MKE Lifestyle magazine’s May 2019 issue.  The spotlight is a great overview of our team and the work we do throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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