The Dining Room, Laundry Room, and Back Entry
Uniting different areas in a home for a smooth look is challenging. Color provides one solution; we used a combination of the neutral shades of brown and ivory. The contrast between their dark and light hues is quite striking, no matter which color we made dominant in a particular room. Whether the room was casual or formal, the use of these two hues created visual flow between them.
When a color scheme is confined, texture and pattern offer interesting simplicity.
FABRIC INFLUENCES The dining room sports an assortment of subdued patterns and textures in a striped cotton rug; leather seat cushions; houndstooth pillows; diamond-embroidered, tone-on-tone drapes; and floral upholstery. Simple ivory pottery pieces provide the only accents needed. Deep wood tones flatter a serving sideboard and round table, which encourages group conversation.
BACK ENTRY STYLE This hardworking area needed to be super functional because it's the most-used entrance in the house (connecting to the garage and the casual Dutch-door entrance). But we wanted it to hold up to lots of traffic and look good. A chocolate-and-ivory checkerboard tile floor leads to creamy cabinetry and paneling with brown walls. We love the copious storage and easy-to-clean surfaces, including the tile floor and enamel-paint paneling.
WORKING CLASS The home's "command central" is in this back entry. It includes a small but important office where Mom can keep recipes, pay bills and generally run the household. An adjacent back half bath with oversize, nature-pattern wallpaper and a vessel sink is a well-located convenience. The roomy laundry room includes lots of storage, expansive counters, a double-bowl work sink and a front-load washer/dryer pair on raised storage stands that reduces bending when loading or unloading laundry. Generous natural light here makes this household task more pleasant.