If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been admiring the 2017 HGTV Dream Home for a while now, and are ready to start on a home renovation or re-decorating project of your own. Luckily for you, we’re here to share some tips from the uber talented and self-taught interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn!
The 2017 HGTV Dream Home was inspired by the natural beauty of St. Simons Island. Brian pulled together the outdoor elements of the island (like the natural light, oak trees and earth tone colors) to create an utterly comfy and cozy coastal look in the heart of the home. By channeling the serene outdoor feel of the island indoors, Brian was able to incorporate the relaxing coastal vibe throughout the entire house.
Scroll through to check out our favorite kitchen decor tips to recreate the serene and chic vibe of the HGTV Dream Home:
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When choosing a backsplash, it’s important to choose a color that reflects light, similar to the beautiful crackle-finished clay tile chosen for the HGTV Dream Home. This particular tile allows the natural light to reflect into the rest of the kitchen, while creating not only a statement but also an illusion of additional height by taking the tile all the way to the ceiling.
For cost effectiveness, Brian recommends taking a basic subway tile and installing it vertically (or in a herringbone style) to create a textured, more-than-traditional look without breaking the bank. And if you’re like Brian and a beautiful white kitchen is more your style, you can use a basic tile but double the grout grab with a charcoal grout. This will add a fresh modern-day/old-school hybrid look at an affordable price — while still creating contrast and statement in your kitchen.
A textured countertop can complement your statement backsplash as well as create a cohesive look throughout your kitchen. Brian extended the beautiful forest green color to the countertops, and added texture using tabby materials like crushed oyster and clam shells inspired by the local buildings on the island.
An easy way to add additional touches of comfort and flow from your kitchen to the living room is by adding additional decor pieces to your multipurpose island. Try adding functional bar stools; they add additional seating while also allowing the sandy undertones and browns from the living space to flow into the kitchen. These particular birch-and-steel stools add a rustic, chic feel that complements both the cabinets and pendant lighting fixtures.
A simple way to utilize additional cabinet space for everyday living is to create a small pull-out rack for your spices and other cooking ingredients. This will help keep the clutter out of larger cabinets and off of countertops — you’ll immediately feel your sanity return after eliminating clutter!
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Adding light pendants above the island or around the meal prep/entertaining area helps to incorporate smaller rustic details while eliminating any discomfort from a harsh lighting fixture.
The breakfast nook is the perfect place for a casual meal, but it also adds additional seating to entertain guests. This particular seating decor adds a slight touch of femininity to the surrounding warmer, more masculine colors, while directing the focal point outside to the beautiful pool view. Added neutral and sandy toned fabrics like linen around the window add even more comfort and allow the pool to stand out beyond the window.
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