Before & After: Reimagining a New England Colonial

By Kelsey Roadruck
Photo by Décor Aid

Greenwich, Connecticut is a rural retreat for many New Yorkers. Its rich history, colorful landscape, and quaint bistros are magnetic to Northerners who are feeling burnt out from the city buzz.

That’s what drew Décor Aid’s clients to a New England Colonial. The homeowners are “super-commuters” who work in Manhattan but enjoy living in the family-friendly square footage that Greenwich has to offer and that a couple with three sons require.

To bring the 1970s-era house up to date, Décor Aid transformed the whole house including the living room, kitchen, two dining areas, and a library.

It’s about balance

The team at Décor Aid knew it had several factors to balance. Not only were the homeowners involved, but their three children also participated in design discussions.

The remodeled New England Colonial needed to be fresh and functional. The New Yorkers wanted a bold color scheme, sleek textures, and a place to display their art collection. The designers incorporated durable fabrics and furniture to anchor these contemporary pieces.

Photo by Décor Aid
Photo by Décor Aid

Décor Aid blended modern focal points with warm wood accents to create a living space that was both welcoming and new.

“Since we did something so bold overhead, we kept the statement underfoot simple with the cloud-colored silk rug,” the team explained on its blog.

The flood of natural light against the white walls and sectional might be too stark without the textured ceiling and firewood storage.

Meanwhile, the contrast between the bright blue textiles and bold red artwork is toned down by the camel-colored leather armchairs.

An overstated vase of branches and blooms adds another natural touch that modern spaces so often lack.

Photo by Décor Aid

Mixed materials bring a bold kitchen back down to Earth

The kitchen remodel was another balancing act.

A large kitchen island topped with modern Corian counters lends more than enough space to prepare meals for a family of five.

Glass pendant lights illuminate a long glass table, which nearly disappears on the other side of the island.

Red is a smart choice in eating areas as it whets onlookers’ appetites quite literally. Warm colors raise heart rate and increase hunger, according to researchers. The right dose of red can then spark a feeling of hunger, which is especially powerful when it’s strategically used in a dining room.

In the photo above, two rows of red dining chairs draw our line of sight to the reclaimed wood wall. This, paired with the natural fiber rug and equestrian artwork, brings the modern design back down to Earth.

A bowl of apples, a planter on the table, and a window-scape of a lush lawn punctuate the design with another energizing boost of color.

Photo by Décor Aid

The rules from the eat-in kitchen design are reversed in the second dining area. A live-edge walnut table and intricate chandelier are the focal points of this room.

The all-white walls are brought back to life with built-in aquariums on the right and playful prints on the back wall. Notice this colorful artwork is pulled through the room with the display of fresh oranges on the dining table.

Photo by Décor Aid

A library we love

A dedicated room at home that we can call our very own library is a dream for many of us at House Method. Décor Aid made our dream house must-have a reality for their clients by carving out a Parisian-inspired reading room.

A Paris hotel where the family had once visited sparked the idea for the gold-leaf ceiling. It—like all of the glamorous accents in the house—is balanced by gray walls and a silk rug.

Four red armchairs and three tables take up almost all of the real estate in the room. The mirrored paintings, built-in bookshelves, and golden ceiling corral the energy into a tight but cozy space for quiet conversation and a good book.

“We’re proud of the whole project, but are most impressed by the way the designers were able to balance their vision with the clients’.”

About the Firm

International interior design firm Décor Aid provides clients with premium decorating services centered around their lifestyles and vision while providing a transparent fee structure, a dedicated product manager, and vetted professional contractors, renovation specialists, and paint services.

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