Florida-based Kelli Interior Design Studios Inc. has announced plans for the design and execution of a 3,900 square foot model home at Pelican Isle’s Aqua, in North Naples. The home is a three-bedroom residence which includes a formal dining room, gourmet island kitchen, master bedroom and two guest suites with private baths.
From the initial plans, our favourite concept so far is in the formal living room – a soft, contemporary masterpiece looking out over Aqua’s private marina. A U-shaped seating arrangement facing the window allows the view to become the focal point of the room, using a plush full sofa against mirrored columns and exposed wooden lounge chairs with matching geometric upholstery. Overhead, a playful chandelier is suspended from a double-stacked ceiling. The fireplace, a linear design surrounded by mother of pearl mosaic tiles, creates a secondary feature and balances the room’s aesthetic. Tiles are used again in the kitchen, with a full wall-height glass tile backsplash in shades of white and jade which is continued into the adjoining butler’s pantry.
Kelli’s use of tiles is in keeping with 2013′s upcoming trend for simplicity and bold, linear visual design. Mosaics are particularly favoured by interior specialists for creating large, statement pieces that are both durable and attractive. The black and white bathroom mosaic designed by De Meza + Architecture + Interiors for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in 2010 was a perfect example of this, using just two shades to produce a textured and interesting look that suggests life and movement in what is usually one of the smallest rooms in the home. Spanish company Glassdecor takes this to the next level, using small tiles to create bespoke murals that add a huge splash of colour to a tiled wall, while Mark Robert’s provocative mosaic pieces evoke the sense of a more personal space.
Large tiles are equally popular, combining the practical with the fashionable in a more subtle way. In this slightly retro bathroom, designer Andee Hess uses amber glaze tiles on one wall only, and balances this with pale furnishings for a room that is warm without feeling claustrophobic. A far more colourful effect has been achieved in this rainbow bathroom, using multiple hues around a recessed bathtub to create a sanctuary-like area. This kind of effect can easily be achieved in any home, using ceramic and porcelain tiles and custom patterns.
Inspiration can be taken from almost any source when considering an interior design scheme, but the announcement of a new design by one of Florida’s established specialists provides a wealth of ideas and an insight into the next trends. Now is a fantastic time to take a look at your own home, and see what changes can be made to bring your interior right up to date, ensuring it’s on trend for the coming year.