By now you’re very familiar with our talented interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. We caught up with the designer after load-in day from our favorite waterfront property in Merritt Island. Here’s what he had to say about his design in the main living areas at HGTV Dream Home 2016.
Q: Tell us about your design approach for this year’s HGTV Dream Home.
A: When I was asked to design the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island the thing that worked right away is that I’m from Florida. I’m from Fort Lauderdale, and I’ve spent my entire life around Florida interiors seeing the same old cliché thing again and again. There’s a bunch of salmon, sea foam, yellow, and navy stripes.
So I decided to take a completely different, non-expected route. What we’ve done is create this very casual, elegant Floridian home that takes a lot of cues from the look and the feel of houses in the Hamptons.
Q: What’s sets your approach apart from other Floridian design?
A: There’s not a lot of fish, lobsters or pelicans in typical Floridian design. This home is a big play on softness and color, and a lot of very light tones, washed out grays and gray-blues. Overall the biggest objective of this house is to bridge the gap between the indoors and the outdoors, because it has this incredible, spectacular view of the Indian River.
Q: Tell us about how you designed the great room to take advantage of the beautiful views.
A: The furniture in the living room is set up to enjoy the view. So as you first walk in you’ll notice the upholstery is different shades of blue-gray and dove gray, which are colors you can see outside in the sky and in the river. To soften up the windows without fighting with the view, we dressed them with a sheer drapery to help bring the overall color palette all the way up to the ceiling.
Q: What about that amazing wall mural?
A: We decided to turn that into something that people are going to talk about. So we got in touch with the Historical Society of Bavar County, and we looked through hundreds of stock images from the 60s and 70s. We found this 1970 black and white photograph of a whole bunch of surfer dudes and surfer dudettes out on surfboards, basically in the same area this house sits on. We had that printed on the same material that creates bus wraps.
Q: Let’s move into the kitchen. Tell us what you’ve done in here.
A: The kitchen is the same color scheme as the great room because the great room, kitchen and dining room all fall into one another. In the kitchen, the biggest change was the cabinets, which are all from Cabinets To Go. Instead of using the same white cabinets, we chose two different cabinets. The upper cabinets are crisp white and the lowers are made of a very dark wood veneer.
What’s fantastic about having the dark on the lowers is, again, it pulls in that black accent that I’m using throughout the great room and it grounds the space. The uppers are all made of what’s called Malibu White, and that’s a Shaker style. Shaker style is super transitional, which means it can go with modern or traditional style interiors. And it’s white so it’s classic and it’s never going to go out of style.
Q: I love the backsplash. What’s the story?
A: The backsplash is a mosaic marble basket weave, which combines white with dove gray and black. When you walk into the kitchen your eyes go directly to that backsplash, but then as you pull back you’ll notice that the backsplash actually ties everything together in a cohesive way.
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