Throughout our state, we live in a wide variety of homes, all with different challenges and charms. For many of us, design inspiration comes from various sources, like magazines, television, and social media. However, Rhode Island is filled with talented interior designers, and we thought we’d tap their creative brains for ideas to inspire and use in our own living spaces.
Just because a home is over a century old, doesn’t mean it needs to look dated. For this client, Kim Peterson of KEP Interior Designs knew she wanted the fireplace – original to the 1895 property – to serve as a focal point. “To keep it intact we wanted to use cool soft colors along with the depth and warmth of the brick, all while maintaining the integrity of the home’s age. I came up with the soft palette and then added the pop of brick red in pillows to tie the fireplace into the design,” says Kim.
Where Kim Shops:
Fabrication Studio, Wakefield
Mancini Fine Lighting & Design, East Greenwich
Ruggieri Flooring, Cranston
To give a bedroom that boutique hotel feel, keep spaces and furnishings simple and accent with art and textiles. For this Jamestown home, Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Interior Design wanted to provide a subtle nod to the waterside location. “We got to work creating a completely custom experience – warm and modern at
the same time,” she says.
Where Kelly Shops:
Black cabinetry, chevron patterned floors, and open ceilings work together to show the charm of this former grange. Windows kept bare fill the space with natural light. “Our clients love anything vintage and finding new purposes for well-loved items. One of our favorite solutions was creating a separate eating nook using old factory windows!” says Janelle Blakely Photopoulos.
Where Janelle Shops:
Walls, ceilings, and even flooring painted white open up a small space while adding fresh seaside appeal; subway tile and beadboard make things interesting. Blair Moore of Moore House Design & Renovation suggests keeping small areas uninterrupted by avoiding pendant lighting and window treatments. Natural wood finishes combined with black are chic and charming at once.
Where Blair Shops:
The Cottage, Tiverton