Project Preview: From Castle to Contemporary

June 27, 2023

A dark ambiance living and dining room seeks to be transformed from mountain castle to mountain modern.

We’re taking an inside look into our interior design process which, in this case, started with a friendly referral from a past client. The owner of the  home walked into the Stel House + Home showroom and was looking for help taking her home from a medieval castle to a mountain modern home. The Stel House + Home team was hired to redesign the entry, main living area, media room, dining room and main bedroom with hopes to tackle the kitchen and bathrooms at a later date.

After meeting with the homeowner to collaborate on themes, tones and aesthetic, we got to work. We incorporated existing elements of the spaces, including large windows, rugs and a massive antler chandelier, but needed to lighten and brighten the dark, castle-looking interior. The large open spaces of the main floor needed to be reorganized and more welcoming, drawing guests in while also tying in the amazing views outdoors.

black coffee table

Sherwin Williams Palette Colors include Smoky Blue, Succulent, Sanderling, Accessible Beige & Aesthetic White.

We selected a natural palette, swapping dark brown and black for cream, white and light taupe with green and blue accents. To make the home feel more welcoming we incorporated a vast blend of textured fabrics such as suede, leather and boucle. We were able to shift the look of the entire home from rustic to modern using furniture like a large, white contemporary sectional and dark green suede chairs in the living area.

Changing the lighting fixtures in entry and dining rooms should make a big difference, replacing the heavy, dungeon-like existing scones with something more modern and organic using natural wood and frosted glass. A gold wire light fixture in the dining room looks delicate, almost like the fireflies that can be seen at dusk. The antler chandelier remains, but is painted a light shade of gray for a modern look.


A new lighting fixture is proposed in the entry – the “ Lazio 30-Light Rectangular Multi-Drop Pendant” by Currey & Company.

We made the main floor more inviting by breaking it up into three different seating areas, ensuring the spaces still flowed together with more depth and brightness. Colorful artwork will round out the spaces and bring more life to the white walls and dark floors and exposed beams. 

The media room retains a cozy feel but with fresh new wallpaper and recliner. A chunky sage rug in the dining area is complemented by a sleek table and taupe leather chairs to accommodate large family gatherings.

side table

The proposed dining room includes the dining chair “Casa Bella” by Century Furniture, lighting fixture “Flock of Light” by Mooi, dining table “Alder rectangular dining table” by Made Goods, rug ” Fragment-FRG07” by Jaipur Living, head dining chair “ Kendall Oak Arm Chair” by Century Furniture. 

Overall the interior design changes make the bright, airy aesthetic feel more mountain modern. The flexible design allows the homeowner to coordinate with accessories for important holidays such as the Fourth of July and Christmas. The interior revamp project will help the homeowners enjoy the amazing views and outdoors from a beautiful, modernized home.

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