Claire’s Transitional Hutch: Where Form Meets Function
We’ve loved working with Claire Staszak of Centered by Design on some pieces for her home. She sent us these pictures, taken by Carolina Rodriguez, of a hutch we refinished for her. Isn’t her styling amazing?! The piece has so much exposed shelving, that what you put in it matters almost as much as the color and finish of the piece itself.
Claire chose to go with Pointing by Farrow and Ball with dark glazing to give it that antiqued look. This is a great example of choosing a color a shade or two off from the color of your walls. For a big piece like this, that little trick works beautifully. It can be fun to choose a bright color, but when you have a piece that takes up so much of the room, you don’t want to limit yourself to making changes later!
Claire is able to use the shelving for storage of her plates and glassware, even towels and books! It’s possible to use practical things for styling. You don’t have to put a bunch of knick knacks that don’t serve any other purpose in an open hutch like this. If you have pretty, clean looking plates and glassware, that can do that trick!
I’ve found that if you go with a very neutral palette like this, plants and greenery become the pop of color! It works really beautifully (unless you’re like me and in two weeks that pop of color turns brown…). I love the stools next to this hutch- they remind me of high school chem lab and work great as plant stands 🙂
Claire has such a beautiful sense of style. I love seeing how she brings our pieces to life with her design eye. If you are looking for an interior designer, check her out! She’s a lovely person as well as talented designer.
Most of all, I hope that this post diminishes fear of bigger pieces. They can make a huge impact and help make the room look bigger!