The notion of a traditional, old-world home evokes images of warmth and protection translated into dark rooms and heavy textures. It’s a style that Arizona took hold strongly for a couple of decades with mimicked patinas and ornately detailed and layered textures of Italian palazzos, French chateaus and rural Tuscan farm houses.
At IMI Design Studio, a majority of our projects this year focus on transitioning from old-world looks into the clean, fresh, modern design while still embracing the European-inspired architecture of homes that were built in the 1990s and early 2000s.
We’re seeing a trend to move away from the heavy, thick and busy home styles. What was considered opulence 20 years ago is now almost suffocating. The more digital noise and clutter we experience in our increasingly busy lives, the greater need for clean, open, flexible floor space, minimalist decorative elements and extensive use of modern materials throughout the home. Contemporary forms reach up and out to bring the outdoors in, as opposed to the sheltering, enclosing shapes.
The new designs that our team creates for these projects blend together unexpected elements, creating new unions that are stylish and bold, comfortable and unpretentious, sustainable and tech-savvy. Examples of this include replacing heavy chiseled stone floors with light, wide plank wood. Changing overly warm caramel walls to fresh white tones, and refinishing heavy brown to a washed limed gray stain.
Connect with us on social media to check out the progress of several projects as we create new kind of homes that combine the Arizona vernacular with contemporary design, and push the envelope in a visually forward-thinking way.