/ By Kerry O'Brien / April 24, 2014
Interior Design Inspiration in Green, Gold, and Glass
This week, I checked in with a few of Sweeten’s interior designers to see what’s taking shape in apartments across the City. I found simple and smart ideas that bring a fresh eye to any home. Below are a few spring-ready snapshots, highlighting some of my favorite themes:
– white basics and natural wood/green accents to freshen and organize a space
– glass and lucite accessories as ways to lighten and brighten a space
– mint and gold as new color update options
Natural Accents and Easy Green Companions
Design accents inspired by nature can go a long way to satisfy our desire for fresh air and extra daylight. Sweeten Expert Jill took this five foot East Village kitchen and made it gorgeous and functional with a singular focus on white kitchen and storage basics, highlighted with natural accents using greens and wood grains. This is a great reminder that the form of everyday kitchen basics can be beautiful and that low-maintenance plants like succulents and philodendron are super stylish options for areas that need warmth and color.
Statements in Glass and Lucite
I’m making an extra effort this year to appreciate the extended daylight hours that come with the season. Transparent materials like glass and lucite work in every room to amplify natural light, make a space feel more open, and provide function without a heavy visual effect. Sweeten Expert Michele brought in a dining table that does double duty as both a substantial gathering spot and a weightless source of light in this Chelsea loft. The glass top plays up light throughout the room and draws attention to the neutral benches underneath.
Sweeten Expert Danielle added to the light, bright theme in this Woodside kitchen with glass and lucite lighting fixtures, decorative accents, and counter seats. Set against the natural palette of the cabinet and tile finishes, reflective surfaces around this kitchen lend a fresh, almost dewy, glow to this space.
Sweeten Experts Anishka and Niya used glass and lucite accents to keep this Brooklyn bedroom, featured on the Sweeten blog last year, ultra clean and simple. With white bedding and transparent accents, your eye is naturally drawn to the window and the plant, creating a natural and serene tone in this room. (Photos: Niya Bascom Photography)
Fresh Color Updates
In Brooklyn, Sweeten Expert Jill was first out of the gate with two color accents that have started to emerge everywhere I look. Jill paired this super-charged mint green bedside cabinet with warm natural tones in the headboard, and found simple, chic gold and glass accents that feel a little retro and a little modern on the desk.
Many thanks to these designers for a glimpse into projects blooming across NYC! We’d love to introduce you to Sweeten designers if you are looking to bring new life into your home. Post your project and we’ll match you with interior designers who can help you work with what you have or re-imagine your space altogether.