When white is the design motivator, pale interiors conjure up a cloud-like sanctuary that’s irresistible. This ethereal tone is a perennial favorite due to its relaxing vibe, creating spaces that are easy to live in. Think a crisp canvas sail, windswept sand dune or classic white t-shirt…all of which evoke a breezy, carefree response. There’s nothing more transformative than a refreshing wash of this color-that’s-not-a-color.
A fresh airy space with easygoing style is just what the owners of this cottage were after. Located on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut – a legendary destination for swimming, boating, and fishing – the guest house is next door to the family’s main vacation home.
Built in 1945, the little house has gone through several updates but the goal this time around was to refresh the dark colors, which can make a small space look smaller, and play up the high ceilings.
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Stained dark wooden floors and white walls create a sense of fluidity and openness. The use of large pieces of furniture, such as the heavy concrete-topped table, exaggerate this sense of spaciousness, furthered by transparent accents like the Ghost chairs and collections of glass objects.
A fireplace provides the assurance of warmth. The dark ceramic pots on the mantelpiece are by Mallorca’s Deià-based ceramicist Dora Good.
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