A dark 1970s farmhouse lightens up with open space and soothing shades of gray.
When Manon & Ruud van Niel bought a tomato farm in Westland, the Netherlands, they weren’t sure they wanted to live in the outdated house that came as part of the property. But through a six-month renovation, Manon, a professional organizer, transformed the house into a light-filled, contemporary space her family is now happy to call home.
Everything about this 1970s house was brown at first. “The floors, the walls, the ceiling. Everything was brown,” says Manon, whose country-chic style combines design aesthetics from classical to contemporary. To help organize her newly expanded space, Manon layered in large statement pieces against a neutral color palette.
The family bumped out the dining room for extra space and light in the living room.
A warm shade of gray,combined with white highlights and pale oak floors provide a warm welcome.
A set of Moroccan lanterns contrasts with a large country-style cabinet
This view from the new dining room addition shows where a wall separating the kitchen from the living room was knocked out.
Shadows from pendant lights that Manon made from inexpensive baskets add texture to the streamlined kitchen.
The family’s home office has enough space for the girls to do their homework and for Manon and Ruud to use it as a workspace.
An accent wall of black patterned wallpaper adds contrast and texture, and helps the wall-mounted TV to blend into the background in the bedroom.
The couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Quinty, has a feminine bedroom that reflects her love of blue.
Dutch company Wood Fever built this custom bed for Sterre, the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, complete with built-in storage drawers beneath the mattress and wardrobes on both ends.