Transitional Home Brightened, Updated With Contemporary Style

Dark wood features and brick accents made this two-story home feel heavy and outdated. To lighten the design, Kim Bates introduced a fresh coat of white paint, colorful artwork and chic, contemporary furniture. Trendy chandeliers throughout ensure that the home is bright and stylish. 

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Andrea Calo

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Andrea Calo

Photo By: Andrea Calo

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Kim Bates

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Photo By: Michael Hunter

Mediterranean Style Foyer Gets A Refreshing New Look

The scrolled iron railing and chandelier have an old world feel that didn't appeal to modern tastes.

Neutral Transitional Foyer With Silver Chandelier

Pale gray paint freshens up and brightens this foyer. A chrome chandelier with interwoven metal chains brings a modern-glam touch. Scrolled iron stair railing was replaced with a simplified design that still enhances the staircase..

Mediterranean Style Foyer Before Remodel

Scrolled iron railing, hardwood floors and brick doorways competed for attention in this foyer. The remodel of this space aimed to tone down contending elements.

Grand Traditional Foyer With Silver Chandelier

Gray walls and limestone flooring create a serene, elegant entry that allows the curving staircase to shine. A silver chandelier adds drama to the space and keeps with the tonal gray color palette. Molding replaces brick on the doorways for a more classic, simple look.

Mediterranean Style Foyer Before Makeover

Before, too many design elements compete for attention. Hardwood floors with a brick border look busy and choppy in this space.

Bright Transitional Foyer With Tall Wooden Front Doors

Spanish style front doors with wrought iron detail make for an impressive, dramatic entry to this home. The foyer staircase mimics the iron-and-wood pairing on the doors. A chrome chandelier with silver, draping metal chains adds a contemporary touch to this transitional foyer.

Dating Sitting Room Gets A Refreshing Makeover

Before, this formal sitting room appears dull and dated, not welcoming and bright.

Bright Formal Sitting Room With Gray Walls

A pale gray coat of paint and new furnishings make this sitting room look fresh and contemporary. The bold orange artwork adds a bright and cheery pop of color. Unique accent chairs join together for a unified settee or stand apart for individual seating.

Traditional Formal Dining Room With Glass Leaf Chandelier

Muted tones give this formal dining room a sophisticated, but calming look. The glass leaf chandelier serves as the statement piece in this simply styled space, adding a quirky, whimsical touch for interest.

Boring Beige Kitchen Gets A Refreshing Makeover

Cream-colored walls and light wood cabinets feel uninspiring and dull, especially against black countertops.

Gray Transitional Kitchen With Chandeliers

The limestone cooking alcove is located conveniently next to a kitchen island prep area for easy access to ingredients. Identical chandeliers bring elegance and glamour to the space. Gray kitchen cabinets and black countertops create a sophisticated color palette.

Transitional Gray Eat-In Kitchen With Breakfast Bar

Having designated areas for specific tasks, like an island prep area and cooking alcove, creates an efficient flow in this kitchen. A pair of chandeliers add elegance and anchor the space. The curved island lends itself to effortless entertaining and casual meals at the breakfast bar.

Contemporary Breakfast Nook With Round Dining Table

A geometric painting on canvas sets the color palette for this breakfast area with the bamboo plant and brown furniture echoing the green and brown hues. The etched glass chandelier, circular rug and round table with chairs visually balance each other with their similar shapes and anchor the room.

Traditional Living Room Before Redesign

Arched brick doorways are too busy and distracting in this space with a tiered tray ceiling and ornate fireplace surround.

Gray Transitional Living Room With Statuesque Fireplace

By removing the arched brick details and raising the built-in bookcase and doorway heights, this living room appears taller and grander. A mirror behind the glass built-in shelves also helps to visually expand the space. Contemporary furnishings in muted tones create an inviting, but stylish place to relax.

Brown Powder Room Before Remodel

Dark and dated, this powder room desperately needed a refreshing, colorful look.

Teal Vanity Cabinets In Transitional Powder Room

Turquoise vanity cabinets enliven this neutral space, giving it a playful, bold pop of color. Lucite and chrome sconces flank a mercury glass mirror for a traditional look that mellows out the bright cabinets.

Gray Transitional Powder Room With Green Vanity

Chrome accents give this powder room a refined, classic feel. Teal green vanity cabinets and a vibrant piece of Cubism art add playful pops of color to this neutral space.

Neutral Family Room Before Redesign

Before, this expansive family room didn't maximize the available space. An awkward furniture arrangement makes it feel cramped.

Neutral Family Room With Comfy Beige Sectional

A neutral sectional makes better use of this large space than a traditional sofa. The round coffee table softens the harsh lines in the room and visually balances the boxiness of the sectional. Semi-transparent glass closet doors open up the space more than solid wooden doors.

Elegant Transitional Bedroom With Chandelier

A tufted bedframe and traditional iron chandelier give this master bedroom a refined, elegant look. The simple bench at the foot of the bed provides extra seating and adds another design element to the room that completes the elegant, luxurious look. A furry accent pillow and navy throw bring in some texture.

Stone Swimming Pool Patio Before Redesign

The stone pool deck and patio have great bones but need some sprucing up to feel completely luxurious.

Mediterranean Style Swimming Pool With Hot Tub

Gorgeous marbleized tile in blue and green hues covers the outside of this hot tub, which flows into the pool. The Mediterranean style exterior boasts stacked limestone walls, a second-story deck with a pergola and wrought iron deck railing.

Transitional Stacked Stone Porch With Wood Plank Ceiling

Wicker and teak outdoor furniture provide stylish, comfortable seating to relax underneath the fan and look out over the pool. Dark-stained wood planks cover the ceiling for a cozy, rustic look. Outdoor curtains make the space feel like an extension of the adjoining living room.

Relaxing Stacked Stone Patio With Outdoor Curtains

The rustic wood patio ceiling warms up the space, making it feel cozier. Outdoor curtains allow for privacy or protection from the sun, while also bringing indoor comforts outside.