Design is our passion, and we love creating spaces that are beautiful, liveable, and full of unique details. And if they also happen win an award? Well, that’s just the cherry on top.
Part of the Sandalwood community by Pardee Homes, our Neutral & Natural project was just awarded a Golden Nugget Grand Award for Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Home priced $500k to $800k! These prestigious awards (the Oscars of the home builder community) honor the best in home design, planning, and development in the US and internationally.
Taking a simple color scheme of black & white and injecting it with lots of personality, our award-winning home makes a strong impression as soon as you enter. From bold and graphic lighting, to streamlined furniture, to curated layers of textures and elegant materials, we made an award-worthy home – and today we’re sharing what you need to know to create your own impressive interior.
Keep scrolling to see our 4 tips for bringing award-winning style to your space (and shop all the pieces you need).
And be sure to check out all the spaces in this home: The Entry, Living Room, Dining Room & Kitchen, The Main Bedroom Suite, Guest Bedrooms, and the Club Room & Outdoor Lounge. And CLICK HERE for a 3-D virtual tour.
Create A Strong First Impression
From the moment you enter this home, you’re immediately greeted by striking pieces, from a sculptural light fixture, which delicately hangs over the space to a custom chevron pattern in the hardwood floor that brings in interest and helps define the space. We also kept this entry very open and airy (and in a color palette that is reflected throughout the home). Whether you have a large open entry or something much smaller, creating a space that feels welcoming and sets the tone for your space is a great way for your home to make an introduction. And adding in bold art and a console table is always a good idea.
A statement-making light fixture is a great way to add light and visual interest to an entry. If you don’t have a high ceiling, opt for a ceiling-hugging flush mount that provides plenty of head clearance.
Don’t Be Afraid To Go DARK
This isn’t the first time we went dark and dramatic in a kitchen (See Bold & Black: A Kitchen Reveal). For this space, we wanted to draw in your eye and help create an area of focus within the open layout that includes the living and dining areas. Rich, espresso finish cabinets and a counter and backsplash in an equally dark polished grey stone definitely make this kitchen stand out, while a long horizontal window on the backsplash wall helps bring light into the space and breaks up the heaviness of the wall. Open shelving is a great way to display serving ware, art, and collections that will add a unique touch to your home – along with texture and a variety of materials.
When going dark in a space, be sure to balance it with natural light, mirrors, or lighter colored furnishings to keep it from feeling too heavy.
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Add Accessories & Art TO ELEVATE
In the Living Room, it’s the finishing touches that really make the space come to life. While we kept more of the furniture simple and streamlined, we used art and accessories to add personality. The built-in shelves are filled with graphic art, marble bookends, vases, and pieces from nature, creating an eclectic grouping that adds pattern and graphic shapes. And a large scale piece of art over the fireplace is a textural touch. Utilizing accessories that are unique to you, like family photos, collected objects or antiques will not only elevate your space but also make it totally personal.
When styling a bookshelf, start with large pieces (like art and stacks of books) and place them in an alternating s-shape. Then fill in with smaller items to create a visually pleasing display.
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Use Texture To Create Calm
To create a Main Bedroom that felt like a soothing place to escape to, we opted for varying textures – starting with a sand-colored grasscloth wall covering which instantly makes the space feel warm and enveloping. Adding in additional texture in a neutral palette- through the cane bed, soft bedding and throw, and tonal white art above the bed – keeps the space interesting and tactile. Natural textures and materials will always have a serene feel, so they’re ideal for a bedroom, or anywhere you want to impart with a sense of calm. Pillows, a rug, and window treatments are also easy ways to bring in different soft textures to a space.
If you don’t have the budget for using textured wallpaper in your whole room, you can always frame a large panel (or two) to achieve a similar effect.