The Interior Facelift by Vincenzo Avanzato
As with almost most of our projects, we were given a blank canvas. The interior facelift started with the large entry foyer, which read as a large hallway lacking character. The plain walls, flat ceiling, and plain floor were the first things that needed changing. By creatively adding details and creating a separate space, we were able to create a more welcoming environment. We wanted to create an optical illusion of volume, so designing a large open basket weave floor pattern was one way of achieving this. By adding high baseboard-applied molding to the walls we were able to create a sense of height, also emphasized by elongating the doors. A coffered barrel ceiling helped achieve the goal.
The theme of creating space was carried over into the Grand Room. This space originally was much smaller, but by opening an adjoining room we were able to create a much larger space for entertaining. We are all influenced by new design trends but as they come and go, we always try to give our clients an interior that has longevity. This was achieved with contemporary artwork and eclectic furniture pieces that pepper the space of warm grey backdrops with the energy of a vivid interacting palette of teal green, blues, and warm orange.
In the dining room, we worked with French artists to create decorative panels where the warm grey is carried over with deep purples that emulate ripples in a pond of Koi. We selected a modest lighting arrangement so as not to compete with the walls, which are complemented by pearly aqua blue dining chairs and skirted host chairs.