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A Full Transitional Home Design in Columbia

Our Project Reveal : Transitional Refresh

I had the pleasure of working with the Bell family in Columbia, MD. The family have 2 kids and live in a large single family home in a quiet neighborhood. They wanted to update their main living level and get rid of the bulky furniture with browns and blacks and do something more modern. So we were pleased to come in and give them a transitional style with a hint of vibrant color.

Design plans

The clients wanted to give their home a fresh look and updated colors. Check out the renderings below where were opted for a blue and gray color scheme with grey and wood accent furniture with silver finishes. Renderings help our clients get an idea of what the space will look like before we start.


The Reveal

So let’s get into reveal time. One of the first things we did was refinish the floors and opt for a stain with less of the honey blonde color. The walls were all painted gray and the doors were painted slightly darker gray for contrast and to add detail.

Kitchen and dining room

We’ll start with the open kitchen and combined dining room space. The dark cabinets have been switched out for bright white. The countertops were also updated with granite which coordinates well with the backsplash. New stainless steel appliances, silver pendant lights and gray velvet stools finish out the kitchen updates.

The clients have a nice size dining room which let us add in quite a few pieces besides a new table and chairs. We opted for a combination of chairs and bench seating for the dining table. We added in two decorative cabinets for additional storage.

The new pendant lamp over the table along with the mirrors and lamps easily added a little glam appeal to the space. We love the look of the navy blue velvet curtains that we used for the entire main living level.

Living room

We opted for a board and batten accent wall. We were thinking just one color for the accent wall but the client wanted more contrast so we opted to use gray as well with the navy blue.

We didn’t want to hide too much of the accent wall with a large media cabinet setup. Instead we opted for two bookcases along with a media cabinet in the middle. This way we can store the media in addition to having shelves for decor. We switched out the bulky furniture for a gray low profile sectional with a blue velvet ottoman.

We opted for custom throw pillows for the sectional. We brought in blue stools with wood accents, accent tables , floor lamps and table decor to complement the look. We didn’t want the wall art to compete with the accent walls so opted for a lighter feathered art.

Reading nook

There was a small space in front of a window and between the kitchen and living room. We thought this would make a cozy space that could be used for reading or taking an adult time out. We have an upholstered bench with custom pillows, wall art and new accent table and decor.

Powder room

I really wanted to do a bold wallpaper for the powder room. Unfortunately, the first choice for wallpaper did not work out so I had to reorder and went with something not as bold but still vibrant for a small room. We end the look with a new vanity and lighting.


The bold statement piece for the foyer includes a new sputnik inspired light. If it looks familiar it’s because I have a similar light in my home. We wrapped up the look with large artwork and new curtains and blinds.


The exterior also went through a refacing. The existing siding was painted gray and the client added a stamped concrete walkway for the front and side of the home.

That’s a wrap for this reveal and the family was thrilled with their new look!

Photography: Thumbtack

Construction: Team Every Detail Inc LLC

Design: Calming Ground Interiors (formerly Catch Decor)

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