The official design scheme for this featured home was “Classic American” – meaning Nate and Jeremiah looked to the 1920’s through 1940’s for design inspiration.
But the underlying – and perhaps more illuminating – theme here was actually calm. And not in an abstract way: one of the homeowners in last week’s Nate & Jeremiah By Design on TLC is dealing with a recent diagnosis of a seizure disorder, so the home design had to be tranquil to prevent any unwelcome medical issues caused by her environment.
Now, clearly not everyone is dealing with such high stakes, but Nate and Jeremiah’s impassioned approach to creating this “calm” space made for some interesting design decisions — ones that won’t feel amiss in anyone’s home.
But first, let’s revisit what the home looked like before…
Homeowners Janelle and Allan faced a bevy of setbacks after starting their renovation, and were living with friends. Clearly, this bare bones construction site was not a place for a young family! If you want to see the whole process, check out this timelapse showing the transformation, or enjoy the before and after 360 degree tours.
So: what were the major moves that helped this home look – and most important, feel – like a true sanctuary?
First, keeping the color scheme consistent: greys, ivories, taupes, and pale greens and blues rule in this space. Determining the specific color family up front is a calming and cohesive design plan.
Of course, that’s not to say that calm necessarily has to be boring. By introducing subtle patterns and architectural details, like tone-on-tone prints and crown moulding, Nate and Jeremiah brought texture into the home in a clean and pared-down way.
And finally, on the more practical side, it was all about careful choices when considering the most sanctuary-like room of all – the master bedroom. Sound-proofing the walls and using blackout window treatments create a sensory environment that’s comfortable and safe, and oh-so conducive to an amazing night’s sleep.
You can watch the full episode here and see Nate and Jeremiah fret over the details of one of the most high-stakes makeovers they’ve ever worked on. Also, it’s perfect if you’re in need of a good cry.