The key to California style homes is simple: light…in all its variations. With the seasons shifting into sunnier days, I can’t help but look to my west coast neighbors over for a little design inspiration.
Here are 7 ways to re-create that easy, breezy, beautiful feeling in your home!
California Style Homes: Tomato, Terrazo
Terrazo tile is two things: fun, and the summer’s best-kept design secret. The concrete base with a marble finish keeps the floors cool even in scorching, hot weathers. Like playing a game of Tetris, the possibilities are endless with these little pieces of floor magic!
California Style Homes: The Look of the Nook
Get your books out, this study is anything but serious. Channel that soft, easy-going energy (Pacific Standard Time) by creating a small nook where you can simmer down on those hectic days without having to tear down the walls to get a little peace and quiet. You can opt for buying a comfortable daybed or improvise by creating one by adding a soft cushion to a bench (seen above).
California Style Homes: B(LOGGING)
I know what you’re thinking… “a pile of logs, really?” When your entire home isn’t ready for a wooden make-over there’s a little trick to bring that California cabin without cutting down too many trees. Think of the pile as a little piece of art that:
a) has its own natural color
b) softens the room and adds a unique twist to a timeless material.
After all, California is home to the world’s largest beauties in the world, the giant sequoia!
California Style Homes: Two-Timing Texture
When it comes to colors, California homes bring the outside in. Rather than recreating the rainbow, play with textures as an option. Tweeds, woods, kilim, cork, brick, wool — when it comes to touch, these elements are an eye candy and then some.
California Style Homes: Arch Doorways
California’s location lends itself not only to the sunniest of days but also a vast amount of Spanish influence. Spanish revival is a common style for many of the golden staters. Arched doorways adhere to this type of design and are a great way to create an easy, and stylish transition between rooms. There’s an ‘AHA’ moment waiting to happen in your dining room, give your visitors a teaser with this entryway.
California Style Homes: Kiss the Sky(Light)
Skylights are quite the fanciful asset to any home. Having one is a delight of its own — having one in a bathroom can be…well dreamy. For those that don’t have the architectural luxury, you can still simulate one as if you did. White tiles add depth to the room and lighten things up, recreating sunlight without the sun!
California Style Homes: Marvel in Marble
For the classicists out there, minimal or modern are two words foreign to their design vocabulary. Contrary to their disposition, here’s a way to appease the old world with today’s rhetoric: marble.
Marble is one (if not THE) most versatile element out there. It can serve as the backdrop or as a complementary surface area wherever it’s located. When juxtaposed against classic materials such as oak (seen above) the marble brings out a rustic feeling, sure to satisfy any aesthete’s design palate.
Rain or shine, gather all the best the golden state has to offer!