Opposites attract: It’s a great rule in love and in design. Except when it isn’t.
The clients of New York-based designer Tina Ramchandani came to her with a problem. They were expecting their first baby, moving into their first home, and had completely different styles that seemed impossible to reconcile. The wife wanted traditional. She envisioned transforming their suburban home into a cozy farmhouse. The husband wanted modern: clean lines, simple silhouettes, and an open floor plan.
What was Tina to do?
Fortunately there was no need for her to don the marriage-counselor cap that so many designers dread. Instead, the whole thing was relatively easy. “It turned out to be a very collaborative process,” Tina says.
First, they had to find common ground on a color palette. While most people would equate white with both modern and farmhouse-style homes, Tina went for shades of bluish green for the trim and the walls. It softened the modern feel of the house by grounding the design in a calming color family. (There is a reason blue is such a popular color.)
“The color palette acted as an anchor,” says Tina. “So if styles swayed more modern or country from one room to the next, we carried a natural balance throughout the home.”
Once the color palette was established, she set about juxtaposing modern and farmhouse in a way that felt fresh, comfortable and above all, harmonious. There would be no design-related identity crisis in this home. Throughout the house, she mixed modern silhouettes and traditional touches. Every piece had its foil. “It’s a well-balanced mix of straight lines with curvature and character via the furniture, art, and accessories.”
Each room is a study in mixing silhouettes and redefining what modern farmhouse actually means. You won’t find white rooms framed by steel windows. There are no giant exposed wood beams. Instead, Tina’s approach relies on quiet color and playfully elegant layers of traditional-meets-modern design.
It’s a well-balanced mix of straight lines with curvature and character via the furniture, art, and accessories.