MAKE THE transition
UPDATING YOUR HOME IN THE NEW YEAR
BY AMY LAWRENCE
In 2023 design trends are moving towards transitional palettes of black and white and neutrals. One of the great things about “transitional design” is that it not only incorporates traditional elements with modern touches but it has shifted to styles that don’t become dated. This philosophy allows you to create a clean palette with your base design and pop in pieces with color and pattern through artwork, textiles, and even wallpapers, making it easier to update your decor without reinventing the wheel. Black and white elements are a favorite of mine. They never trend out, so they will look fabulous no matter what color or pattern you layer with them.
The home on this page was a complete remodel, so designing the kitchen in a black and white palette allowed us to pull in blue hues for the client’s sofa. We also used fun patterned chairs to add interest to the layout.
This living room used to be dark and heavy, so we painted the walls a bright white and the ceiling grid and built-in cabinet black creating the bold statement we wanted. The furnishings stayed neutral, and we layered in green pillows and ottomans and even added some orange to the coffee table. The coordinating art in the breakfast area pulls it all together.
We wanted to use the existing stone on the island countertop for this kitchen, and a black and white backdrop was the answer. Interest and contrast were added by incorporating oversized pendants and colorful decor.
Painting the walls black and the ceiling white allowed the metallics and teal to make a statement in this space. We kept most of the bedding neutral so that the euro shams would stand out. The bedroom niche was reconfigured with floating shelves and teal tones sprinkled throughout.
This primary bathroom went from dark tones to light and bright with gorgeous high impact. The Schumacher “Queen of Spain” wallpaper is the showstopper in this space.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Amy is originally from Flower Mound and has planted her roots in the Rockwall area with her two daughters for the last 10 years. Today she leads the design committee for the Meals on Wheels Senior Service of Rockwall County and loves to travel and be with her girls.