Make a statement
A designer takes a bold approach to creating a harmonious home for one young family.
Designer Tracy Huntington chose a neutral wall color and added pops of bold color and striking accessories throughout this 3,600-square-foot Spanish/Mediterranean home.
Statement pieces aren’t just for fashion. The concept of displaying one special, bold piece to draw the eye and harmonize a look works in home design, too. And any designer will tell you harmony is a crucial element of good design.
“I think the (advantage) to hiring a designer is to have that harmony and continuity throughout the house,” says Tracy Huntington, principal of Element360 Design. “Then, it feels peaceful and there’s a joy to it because everything feels in its place.”
In the midtown home of Dr. Justin and Libby McCoy, Huntington used a neutral wall color as a base palette and layered pops of bold colors in furnishings and accessories. This created a unifying thread throughout the couple’s approximately 3,600-square-foot Spanish/Mediterranean-style house.
To create an even stronger sense of unity, Huntington used large statement art pieces on one wall in each room to set the tone for the space and carry the color palette of blue, purple, black, silver and gold throughout the entire residence.
“For this home, what stands out to me are the statement walls that you’ll see,” Huntington says. “So there’s a thread throughout.”
A large cream and brown cowhide rug is the first eye-catcher in the home’s foyer, followed by a custom abstract painting by an artist Huntington met at market. The combination of the traditional cowhide with modern art tells the story of the home’s style, which Huntington describes as contemporary modern.
“The homeowners said they wanted family function and a neutral color palette with a pop of color,” Huntington says. “And the colors they first named were blue and purple.”
Libby also likes black — a color that appears in some way, whether subtle or bold, in every room.
Directly off the foyer is the formal living room. A rich blue rug anchors this space along with classic neutral furniture with soft, clean lines. The lamps, accessories, and silver and glass side tables give this room a modern flair.
A 3-D art installation featuring shiny metal blocks is like eye candy for the artistically inclined. The piece mirrors the abstract tone of the painting that hangs above the ornately carved fireplace mantel, which the McCoys believe is original to the circa 1926 home.
“It’s a classic look, but there’s an edge to it,” Huntington says of the home’s design. “The main pieces stay classic, and then you can go out there a bit with accessories.”
While the formal living room features a light cream palette with just hints of blue, the family room takes bold color to the next level. The dark gray sectional and black and gray rug are perfect for the McCoys’ three young, active children. Three round, black and white leather and fabric ottomans in different sizes work together as a coffee table or separately as additional seating.
But the most playful object in this room is the oversized black and white hound’s-tooth print that hangs above two dark gray chairs. It’s the statement piece that says this room is all about family fun.
The upstairs hallway is home to perhaps the most personal of all of the statement pieces. Clear Plexiglas frames featuring family photos are grouped together over a credenza for a sizeable and distinct collage of family memories.
The master bedroom is cozy and comfortable with deep blue, purple and gray furnishings. A second fireplace, also with its original mantel, is topped with a large abstract painting that shines as the room’s centerpiece.
Even the kids’ rooms make their own statements. It’s easy to see that the couple’s oldest — 10-year-old Lane — is a basketball fan or, more specifically, an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. A framed Kevin Durant jersey hangs prominently over his bed. Of course, blue is this room’s signature color.
One of the most distinctive statement pieces is in Justin’s office. A radiologist who works many hours from home, Justin wanted his office to reflect a young and modern vibe while meeting all of the very specific requirements for housing his computer equipment.
The feature wall in this space is covered in custom, 3-D black tiles made of leather, suede and fabric. The textural piece is a mix of matte and shine, counterbalanced by a metallic silver paint on the rest of the office walls. The combo makes for an ultra-modern space that still plays nicely with the classic-modern atmosphere in the rest of the home.
A sliding barn door offers privacy in the bathroom or can be used to hide much of office’s auxiliary equipment. Underfoot, a cowhide rug with a metallic finish grounds the look and brings it all together.
“Obviously I’m very partial to my office,” Justin says. “We really put a lot of thought into that, and they really delivered what I asked for.”
Overall the home’s design perfectly captures the comfortable, contemporary, family-friendly and stylish atmosphere this modern family requested.
“They are young and fresh, and that’s really what we were going for,” Huntington says.