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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.

The Beauty of Built-Ins

Whether it’s a window seat, bookshelf, bed, or bar, built-ins lend character and function to a home.  We love that they can be tailored to specific needs and that they offer a cohesive and seamless look.  Built-ins are a great opportunity to take advantage of every nook and cranny and can really maximize your space!  Let’s look at some examples.

W I N D O W   S E A T S

Window seats are versatile.  Incorporate them into a dining room, office, bedroom, family room, or hallway.  They are the perfect opportunity to make the most of otherwise wasted space and insert extra storage.  Plus, who hasn’t dreamed of having a window seat?  It’s a great place to curl up with a book or sip a cup of coffee.  And it can be a beautiful way to frame a view.

Hartford Library Remodel

Wauwatosa Master Bedroom

B O O K S H E L V E S

Built-in bookshelves are multi-purpose – a place to store items and a lovely way to display decor, books, and collectibles.  They truly give a room a finished and sophisticated look.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

Fox Point Library Remodel

B E D S

A built-in bed is ideal for kid or guest bedrooms!  They can be tucked into an alcove or under a slanted wall. Let’s not forget to mention how cozy they are!  Bonus – they can offer extra storage.  Check out those built-in bookshelves and drawers!

Oconomowoc Guest Bedroom Remodel

M E D I A   C E N T E R S

Like all built-ins, a built-in media wall subdues clutter and makes a space feel more substantial.  It can also serve as the anchor of the room.  This example mixes in shelves, reclaimed windows, and drawers to break up the size of the wall, add interest, and offer even more storage.

Side note – the built-in cabinetry in the foreground of this photo was incorporated into the design to not only display the homeowners’ vintage treasures, but to also define two rooms while keeping them open to one another.

Waukesha Family Room Remodel

B A R S

A built-in wet bar often serves as the home’s entertaining hub.  The great thing about a built-in wet bar?  You don’t necessarily need to have ample square footage.  Big or small, a wet bar has a lot of utility in a home – extra counter space, glassware storage, an additional sink, cocktail mixing station.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

B A T H R O O M   S T O R A G E

Built-in shelving, vanity towers, medicine cabinets, niches – built-ins definitely take on a large role in a well-organized and timeless bathroom.  Because bathrooms are often small, these options offer storage and style without sacrificing floor space.

Fox Point Bathroom Remodel - Vanity Towers

L O C K E R S  / /  C U B B I E S

Custom cubbies or lockers help everyone keep their belongings organized and out of other areas of the home.  Add a bench, and you have yourself the perfect “launch pad” to get your family out-the-door.

Wauwatosa Mudroom

Recent Project: Modern, Eclectic Farmhouse Remodel

The 1970s colonial home was dated, compartmentalized, and stale. The homeowners wanted to update their home to accommodate their modern lifestyle and showcase their eclectic style.

The Exterior

Delafield Exterior Remodel Before

The exterior was nondescript, and the homeowners wanted it to be an expression of their style, something that had more character.

Delafield Exterior Remodel

The home was transformed into a modern, eclectic farmhouse. It features low maintenance LP Smartside siding (both horizontal lap and board and batten siding) and trim, a metal roof, fieldstone, and cedar columns and brackets. The wrap-around porch is welcoming, and the layers of lighting give the home a warm glow.

The Family Room

Delafield Fireplace Before

The existing fireplace was drab and cookie-cutter. The homeowners wanted a fireplace that could serve as the focal point of both the family room and kitchen.

Delafield Fireplace Remodel

The new fireplace is the centerpiece of the first floor. The Gold Mica fieldstone is rustic and warm, and the reclaimed farmhouse beam keeps the farm’s history alive.

Also, note the Dutch door to the right of the fireplace. This leads to the new library (discussed soon), and serves a few different functions. First, it is used as a “gate” for the homeowners’ three dogs. The Dutch door also gives the room flexibility – it can be somewhat open to other spaces, or it can be closed completely for more privacy when reading or watching a movie.

The Kitchen

Delafield Kitchen Remodel Before

The existing kitchen, dinette, and dining room were dated, cramped, and lacking personality. They were also closed off from the family room.

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

The new kitchen expanded into the unused dining room and is open to other entertaining areas. It features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite tops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with seating. The island’s two levels offer space for food prep and seating, and the open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances, storage, and food prep areas.

The Butler’s Pantry

Delafield Butler's Pantry

The new walk-in pantry uses a portion of the old dinette space. The butler’s pantry not only offers extra storage and counter space, but it tells a story about the family’s past. The sliding barn door was reclaimed from the family’s early 1900s barn, and the pantry cabinetry came from the family farmhouse. These details add historical charm to the home.

The Library

Delafield Library Remodel Before

The three-season room was a catchall and was not practical for year-round use. It was also dated and unsightly.

Delafield Library Remodel

Now, the homeowners can comfortably use the new library year-round. It features a wall of built-in bookshelves that serves as a focal point and showcases the homeowners’ books and treasures from their travels. The shelves also complement the homeowners’ Stickley furniture. The exposed wood ceiling uses wood harvested from an oak tree that had fallen on the family farm years ago – another story to tell.

The Screen Porch

Delafield Screen Porch

The new screen porch is accessible from the family room/kitchen area, the patio, and the porch. It is a great spot to enjoy the home’s scenic backdrop, and it helps blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. The ceiling draws visitors’ attention up and adds texture to the space, with exposed rafters and tongue and groove roof boards.

See this project on Houzz!

Bartelt Farmhouse Remodel in 30West Magazine

30West magazine’s April 2015 issue features a recent Bartelt farmhouse Remodel in Hartford.

The homeowners wanted to update their 1880s farmhouse to accommodate their modern lifestyle while retaining and enhancing the home’s original character.  The remodel is a mix of rustic and refined elements, featuring reclaimed barn beams, coffered ceilings, white custom cabinetry, fieldstone, and character-grade hickory flooring with hand-eased edges.

See it on pages 34-39 here.

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Recent Project: Timeless First Floor Remodel

After previous additions, the home was dated, and the spaces lacked unity.  The homeowners wanted to update the first floor, creating a cohesive design throughout the various rooms, and accommodate their family’s modern lifestyle.

Now, there is unity between the remodeled spaces, and the first floor is more conducive to entertaining.  With details that complement the home’s original charm, the project is a balanced mix of modern and traditional elements.

The Powder Room

Fox Point Powder Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The powder room (part of an addition we added) is playful and demonstrates the modern side of the homeowners’ taste.  It features textured wallpaper, mirrored walls, reclaimed floor tiles, and an eye-catching light fixture.  It is easily accessible from the kitchen and new mudroom.

The Kitchen

Fox Point Kitchen - Before Fox Point Kitchen - After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen was dated and cramped, chopped up by islands and peninsulas.  It also didn’t match the style of or expectations from the home’s exterior.  The remodeled kitchen features ample custom storage, a built-in banquette, a coffered ceiling, and a large island with marble, perfect for entertaining.

The Butler’s Pantry

Fox Point Butler's Pantry

 

 

 

 

 

The space that would become the butler’s pantry was a “catchall,” with no specific purpose.  Now, the butler’s pantry is a showpiece.  It offers extra storage and features a wet bar with wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, sink, and glass storage.  It also has goldleaf tiles and a gold ceiling, tying into both the classic and modern styles.  The butler’s pantry serves as the home’s entertaining “hub,” located between the kitchen, library, and dining room.

The Library

Fox Point Library - Before Fox Point Library - After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The existing library served as an office, TV room, and playroom.  It was dated, and the homeowners wanted to make it a more sophisticated space to accommodate entertaining while maintaining its home office role.  The remodeled library features a knotty alder coffered ceiling, wall paneling, and bookshelves, adding warmth to the first floor.  It’s a cozy spot to host guests and has access to the outdoor entertaining space.

The Master Bathroom

Fox Point Master Bath - Before

Fox Point Master Bath - After

 

 

 

 

 

The original master bathroom was cramped and dated.  The new space features a large shower with frameless glass panels, making the bathroom seem even larger.  Calacatta marble and the large window give the space a clean, airy feel.  There are also “his and her” vanities with custom cabinetry and ample storage.

Fox Point Master Bath Vanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

For detail photos, see this project on Houzz.