Before & After: Modern Colonial Style

Perhaps no architectural style says “America” more than Colonial. And while we love the classic Americana look, it sometimes requires updates to reflect the way modern families live.

That was the case for the owners of this Colonial-style home. The entry hall not only presents a formal yet inviting feel, but also acts as the hub of the residence. Warm neutral paint on the walls and bright white stairway balusters immediately welcome guests to this home. A geometric yet classic stair runner creates softness underfoot.

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A fresh coat of paint and new patterned stair runner liven up the entry hall.

Functional features

A large living area that is detached from the rest of the home is a common feature of Colonial-style homes. Modern amenities were a must to update this room and make it more functional for the owners.

Now the room features a gas fireplace with television above, remote sound system, can lighting and lamps on dimmers, and layered window coverings that allow the homeowners to control the light and mood throughout the day. The space is ready for movie night, game day or a laidback Sunday morning reading the newspaper.

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Before the renovation, the Colonial’s large living room (left) didn’t offer the owners much functionality. Now it’s equipped with modern amenities to draw the family together.

Kitchen and dining nook makeover

Colonial home kitchens are typically cut off from the home’s other rooms. While this may have worked when hired help did the cooking and cleanup, it doesn’t serve the needs of today’s families.

A new island provides a spot for grabbing a quick snack or hanging out while dinner is in the works. A fresh coat of cheery blue paint ties the kitchen and nook together to create an inviting space to gather.

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Replacing gray paint on the trim and built-in cabinets with bright white makes the features stand out.

Bonus basement space

Finishing the basement created allowed the owners to set up a teenage lounge complete with homework area and media retreat.

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The unfinished basement (left) represented an opportunity for the owners to add functional living space (right).

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