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Gray is like the perfect black dress in interior design. It can be dressed up or down with furnishings and accessories. White and ivory are like strands of pearls, for example, against shades of gray, while blue, teal, yellow, purple and other colors are the gemstones.

“I wanted to work with shades of gray because gray is such a great neutral, and I love blues and yellows — such happy colors — and gray goes with both,” says the homeowner.

Schuerman Homes built this family’s home about three years ago. The style is transitional, a successful merging of traditional and contemporary designs, which is also reflected in the materials, finishes, fixtures and furnishings.

The family of three enjoys an active lifestyle, and their goal was to create a comfortable, low-key home with a relaxed atmosphere. They chose an open floor plan that transforms both living area and kitchen into the home’s central gathering place. The great room’s twin sofas, club chairs and oversized, tufted ottoman are anchored by a Moroccan-style trellis design gray-and-white area rug with yellow accents. Seating is arranged to enjoy the low, vertical contemporary fireplace and TV.

Floors on the main level are a warm, golden multi-colored bamboo, a practical and durable choice for a busy family.

Dark cabinets define and frame the kitchen, creating a rich, sophisticated background for white quartz counter tops. The homeowner worked with kitchen designer Mike Flanscha at Benton Building Center on such elements as the island. It provides plenty of room to prep meals and the extended bump-out functions as a table for serving meals, doing homework and playing games. Other amenities include stainless steel appliances, double ovens, and a glass stove top and drawer microwave.

The nearby screened porch is perfect for summer suppers and hanging out.

In the master bathroom, a large shower with steam is ideal for relaxation. L-shaped separate sinks and dark gray Bertch cabinetry provide plenty of room for two people – and storage. Upstairs, a second laundry facility corrals kids’ clothing and bedding near their bedrooms.

The family uses their theater room almost daily, while the granite-topped bar and pool table offer options for entertaining. 

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