Clean Line, Soft Finishes Update an Empty Nest
Airy blues, warm golds, bold furniture, and graphic accents turn a staid Mediterranean-style interior into a bright new home
Starting from scratch may be everyone's decorating fantasy, but most people have to work with what they've got. Take empty-nesters Trish and Tom Rump, who turned to designer Kelly Keiser to update the staid Mediterranean-style interior of their new San Francisco home. Graced with original arched windows, passageways, and niches, the place also came with hardwood floors, an elaborate fireplace, and a remodeled kitchen too new to redo.
Shown: San Francisco interior designer Kelly Keiser helped update this home with pale colors and modern accents.
With their kids grown and on their own, Trish found herself drawn to white rugs and fragile porcelain collectibles. Jettisoning the existing dark finishes and iron sconces and working with some pieces the couple owned, Keiser introduced a pale palette and a smattering of contemporary items, like a chrome lamp and glass-top table, balancing them with soft draperies and cushy pillows. Periwinkle paint helps the pottery pop, and carpet bound into area rugs shows off the refinished oak floors. "The result honors the architectural uniqueness of the place," says Keiser, "while giving it a lighter, more modern feel." One part Mediterranean, you might say, and two parts well-furnished empty nest.
Shown: Dark upholstery piping and drapery trim help wood moldings blend into a lightened-up scheme.
The kitchen boasts ample workspace and generous cabinets; glass fronts and a wine rack echo the home's vintage windows.
Mustard, gold, and egg-yolk yellow accents enliven the miles of taupe.
Rich golds, ethereal blues, and acres of white create a dreamy bedroom scene while a graphic black-iron bed keeps the bedroom grounded.
Sage-green tile and lavender-gray walls make for a soothing scheme in a streamlined bath.