Courtesy of danslelakehouse.com
Tanya Watson, the blogger behind In the Lakehouse, relied on a cool color palette to transform her dated lake house into an airy oasis.
She designed her home palette around the work of her late grandfather, renowned painter Bert Weir, which hangs throughout the house. Sticking to variations on a single shade makes decorating simple: “I can just throw something in the air, and wherever it lands, it will look great,” she says.
Try a dark, unifying shade.
An array of colors and textures made the lake in the room dated and rambling. Instead of removing the woodwork, faux stone and old brass fixtures, Tanya painted everything a deep charcoal. Not only did this create a focal point that connects the room together, but the area also appears longer and more spacious.
Have the look: Accent wall color, Behr Evening Hush, homedepot.com.
Hang up your TV.
Mounting the TV above the mantel freed up floor space. It also serves as an art when the TV is turned off.
Turn trash into treasure.
Tanya found the blue chair on a sidewalk. She had it upholstered in a color matching the art, painted by her husband’s grandfather.
Forget the stems.
The poorly placed cupboards were not functional and made the small kitchen claustrophobic. Replacing them with a collage of acrylic floating lockers and shelves, Tanya maximized storage while creating a decorative display. Open shelving gives the room a light and clean look.
Have the look: Clear acrylic rack shelves by NIUBEE, amazon.com.
Wallpaper a bathroom.
A basic sink and half-hearted backsplash lacked pizzazz. Line the walls from floor to ceiling gives this narrow powder room extra height. A copper sink echoes the round mirror and light fixture to tie it all together.
Have the look: Sprigs on Ocean Wallpaper by Ginger Creations, spoonflower.com; Stockholm mirror in walnut ikea.com.
Line a room with lockers.
The blank walls were just wasted space in this empty hallway. Tanya can now store shoes, outerwear and other supplies where they are needed, while keeping everything in its place.
Paint all tone on tone.
The woodwork and natural steps seemed worn by the weather. Rich, deep colors on the siding and deck help the lake house stand out amid its natural surroundings and keep it looking fresh in the northern winter conditions.
A version of this feature appeared in the May 2020 issue of Good Housekeeping.
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