Designer Snapshot: Take Down That Wall
August 17, 2011
By Paula M. Bodah
John Day, an interior designer with LDa Architecture and Interiors didn’t have any trouble coming up with a beautiful design for a North Shore house, featured in our July/August 2011 issue, whose owners wanted something a little less predictable than the blues and whites so common in waterfront homes.
Day is used to dealing with the uncommon. His firm does a good deal of renovation work, and clients frequently want to create a more open, light-filled floor plan in a fairly traditional Shingle style or Queen Anne house. â€œMany of our clients are younger, less-formal families. Family life is more integrated with entertaining, working, cooking and all the functions of a home,â€ he says.
Long views and great flow are advantages of an open floor plan, but Day notes that it adds a challenge when it comes to interior design. â€œIt also creates the issue of much fewer walls to display art, family photos or decor than many people are used to,â€ he says. One solution: working more visual texture and art into the interior design.
In a dining room with lots of windows, Day used a large silk-shaded standing light from Aqua Creations and a rug with a graphic design to add texture and visual interest without competing with the view.
Photo by Sam Gray
Art punches up the monochromatic interior of a contemporary house in Newton, Massachusetts. â€œOn the free walls we do have, we often advocate for one large painting that will be a focal point from the many angles you can see it from; it can be appreciated at a distance and up close,â€ Day says.
Photos courtesy of LDa
Wood and stone bring warmth to the modern, open floor plan of a Cape Cod house designed by architect Mark Hutker with interior design by John Day. Built-in open shelves add visual interest and act as a place to display favorite items.