Rooms That Say "Springtime"

If the skies are gray and there are still piles of snow around your house, shut the blinds and take a look at these bright and breezy spaces instead

Seems Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo that springtime has arrived. If the skies are gray and there are still piles of snow around your house, shut the blinds and take a look at these bright and breezy spaces instead:

This Colorado fishing retreat’s kitchen basks in natural light that shows off a neutral color palette and eye-catching copper hood. The large granite-topped island does double duty as a workspace and informal gathering area, while the adjacent butler’s pantry offers useful storage space and another farmhouse sink. (Notice the fish detail cut into the side of the millwork.) Photo by Emily Minton Redfield


In this Colorado home’s living room, the easy, breezy vibe comes courtesy a calming blue-and-cream color scheme. To create it, interior designer Barbara Mullen began by selecting fabrics in pretty patterns, like the Chelsea Textiles and Fortuny prints that cover the sofa pillows. To keep things interesting, she mixed and matched furniture styles and silhouettes: A pair of Rose Tarlow sofas with classic English arms mingle with spindle-back chairs from Scalamandre and a tufted lounge chair by JJ Custom. Grounding the grouping is a Paul Ferrante coffee table with ornately carved legs. “I like the idea of introducing furnishings in different sizes and styles,” the designer says. Photo by Emily Minton Redfield


Cloudy days are no match for this Bozeman, Montana, loft, where interior designer and homeowner Susie Hoffman created a color palette inspired by her views of the mountains and Montana’s big blue sky. In the main living area, she installed white oak plywood flooring and darkened it with a water-based stain—an industrial and budget-friendly solution with a natural, zebra stripe-like grain. A self-proclaimed “neutral-palette person,” Hoffmann decided to add an unexpected splash of color by having her gray factory stools powder-coated in hot pink. She liked the results so much that she carried the pink into the living area with a cheery Madeline Weinrib area rug. “The pink was a last-minute addition to the space, and now I adore it,” she says. “It just feels very bright and very happy.” Photo by Audrey Hall


Even rustic rooms can feel like spring. Case in point: A scatter of bold red blooms on crisp white bed linens from Switzerland freshen this cozy guest room, where the wall is clad with rustic reclaimed wood from Austria and the floors are white oiled Siberian larch from Arrigoni Woods. French doors that open to a private garden, certainly help too! Photo by Gibeon Photography


This light and leggy look really captures the mood of the season. To dress up the small dining room, interior designer Abby Hetherington hung Osborne & Little’s vinyl croc-print wallpaper, then added space-saving bistro stools covered in Nobilis fabric. Photo by Audrey Hall

Categories: Contemporary Homes, Furnishings & Accessories