We’d like to share one of our contemporary projects with you. But first, what makes a room or project “contemporary”?
Key Elements to Contemporary Design
1. Open floor plan
2. Natural light
3. Similar wood tones
4. Airiness to furniture
5. Overall neutral colors with color accents
6. Metal accents
7. Use of natural materials
When it was time for a contemporary design change after 25 years, the couple living in this traditional Chevy Chase home called upon Danziger Design to help them through the many hurdles of their renovation project. The game plan involved turning the entire first floor from traditional closed off kitchen, dining room and family room to a contemporary design with an open floor plan.
Since the homeowners were previous clients of Danziger Design, we were initially called in to review the architect’s plans for the space. These plans were tweaked based upon our knowledge of the client and from there, the project took off. Many decisions had to be made throughout the project. Selections such as floors, cabinets, counter materials and other finishes were made at the beginning and once construction began, the fun part began. We worked with the client to decide upon rugs, furniture and accessories.
Some of the features that make this an engaging space are the tall cherry cabinets and bookshelves throughout that provide more than ample areas for storage and display. The dining room and family room placement were switched to allow for less formal entertaining.
Angles throughout make the first floor more appealing – from the angled island in the kitchen to the angled wall that serves as a room divider between the dining room and kitchen.
*Photography by John Cole Photography