Interior design ideas: the magic a new window (and dining room built-ins) can do

A new window has brought some sunshine to this North Andover dining room.Kite interior design

As soon as Cibele Flamurtari walked into this dining room in North Andover, she knew she needed a window. “I told clients that the space wouldn’t be beautiful without more sunlight,” says the director of Kite Interior Design. Although they were initially hesitant to increase the budget, once the team broke through the side wall, the owners were thrilled. “She couldn’t believe the difference,” says Flamurtari. “Natural light does all the design.”

1 The crisp dining table counters the detailed crown mouldings. The simple yet sturdy chairs are upholstered in performance fabric. “The client works at the table every day, so the chairs had to be comfortable,” says Flamurtari.

2 The textured glass chandelier mimics the lines of the table and attaches to the reed glass door panels. “The client initially thought it was too modern, but came back after considering hundreds of others,” says the designer.

3 Embedded and painted Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore anchors the space and creates drama. “I started turning down projects with all-white cabinets,” says Flamurtari. “I want to do work that I am passionate about.”

4 Flamurtari color-corrected and resized the family photos, then sent them off to be printed and framed. And, as usual, she brought plants and taught customers how to care for them.

5 Aged brass accents pop against dark millwork and inject warmth. “A lot of people still ask for chrome because they think brass is a [fleeting] tendency; it’s not,” says Flamurtari.

6 A traditional terracotta and blue rug satisfied the owners’ desire for color. “In a living room you can add pillows, but there aren’t as many possibilities for colorful accents in a dining room,” says the designer.


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected]

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