Oh My Styled Life
Before & After: An Updated Home Has Clean Lines and A Modern Palette
A Tasteful Remodel in Long Lake, Minnesota
This 10-year-old home had the floorplan, square footage, and location this family sought when relocating to Long Lake, Minnesota’s western, wooded suburbs.
While the location tended to all their needs, the interior lacked the clean lines and modern palette this family loved and needed in an updated home. A yellow color scheme felt dated, and the overly traditional architecture was overpowering. So, they switched gears and hired senior designer Gabe Lindberg, and MDS Remodeling to visualize a home that could be light, bright, and airy, with high-contrast details, by adding drama and showcasing the house’s best features.
The Heart of the Home Gets A Major Upgrade
A few simple yet strategic updates have a huge impact. While the kitchen cabinetry and layout remained the same, every other detail was updated. From the countertops and backsplash to the hardware for a classic and modern aesthetic. Dark finishes are fused within a white palette and refinished walnut flooring, creating the high-contrast atmosphere they were after. A yellow undertone throughout the home felt too traditional for this young family. Mixed with arched doorways and overly ornate details, this home lacked the approachable and inviting feel this client sought.
An Elevated Palette
The first step to an updated home is considering your color palette. In this case, a neutral palette with high contrast brought the space from dark and dated to modern and inviting. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is the ideal balance for warm wood tones, creating a fresh perspective on space and opening up a previously closed floor plan by highlighting bold, colorful accents.
Color is intentionally integrated throughout the home. A dining room imbues comfort with subtle green velvet seating, rich artwork, and a color-forward rug, the primary bedroom is brighter yet still inspires a sense of groundedness, and the pantry adds maximum impact with Benjamin Moore Dark Pewter cabinetry and contrasting gold hardware, without overwhelming the homeowner or their guests.
Are you curious to see another home we love that incorporates a neutral base palette paired with high-contrast accents, check out our Country Club Remodel.
From Ornate to Polished
The staircase is all about impact. Gone are the heavy and ornate Newel posts. Now, it features custom railings and a clean runner that draws the eye, making it a brag-worthy focal point within the home. The previous embellished architecture and archways were cumbersome. They lacked the definition and style that fit this client’s aesthetic and way of living. MDS Remodeling reconstructed archways with clean lines and sleek trim, encouraging sightlines and keeping with the feel of an open floor plan while still obtaining some separation from room to room.
Refining the Architectural Details & Furnishings
Doorways were reworked, clean lines were incorporated, and furnishings were selected to fit a modern aesthetic. Gorgeous ceiling beams, stone surround, custom built-in details in the living room, and a redesigned staircase contribute to the streamlined aesthetic. This updated home feels truly made anew. It’s a beautiful example of a “less is more” approach and allows details to shine.
This home’s transition from notes of yellow and flashy wood details to a bright atmosphere highlighted by contrasting accents and clean lines will never grow old for this family. With any project, our goal is always to remodel and redesign in a way that will continue to serve purpose and sophistication for years.