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Before & After: Mid Century Ranch House

Check out this complete interior and exterior design of a mid century style ranch house built in 1958. For those who don't know, I absolutely love mid century design. The clean lines, emphasis on textures and natural materials really speak to me. The home remodel was executed by Reno Area Home Buyers for real estate sale, and it turned out gorgeous.


EXTERIOR

The exterior of the house was painted a fresh white with black trim and roof for contrast. A mid century ranch house isn't complete without a colorful door, and the bright teal paint complements the pink Magnolia tree in front of the house.


The exterior was completed with a mid century modern door with a vertical glass panel, sleek house lettering and door handle, and a modern outdoor light to complete the mid century feel.



Exterior BEFORE


Exterior AFTER


Exterior BEFORE


Exterior AFTER


Exterior BEFORE


Exterior AFTER


INTERIOR: Living Room

The client wanted to honor the soul of this mid century era home. Although the temptation to suggest avocado green and bright orange appliances and wallpaper did arise, I made sure this home was relatable for potential homebuyers with a mostly neutral palette. However, if I was to style this living room, there would certainly be some orange upholstery happening on the couch or accent chairs.


Clean white walls are the backdrop of the house. Mid century elements were introduced in the finishes like terrazzo tile around the fireplace, and a 3-blade fan in the living room. A 50's-style globe pendant light completes the hallway leading to the bathroom and bedrooms.


Lastly, the client considered painting the original brick fireplace white, but we ended up preserving it. The vintage brick adds such gorgeous texture to the space that is so quintessentially mid century.


Living Room BEFORE


Living Room AFTER


Living Room BEFORE


Living Room AFTER



INTERIOR: Kitchen

The layout was overhauled for an open plan between the kitchen and living room. Slate floors contrast white cabinets with black accents in the cabinet pulls, sink fixture and a flat black sink basin.


The original design included a subtle seafoam blue-green as the cabinet color, and I'd love to see the future owners include it to add a touch of color to an otherwise neutral scheme.


Finally, a brass sputnik lamp adds warmth and contrast to the cool-toned kitchen.


Kitchen BEFORE


Kitchen AFTER


Kitchen BEFORE


Kitchen AFTER



INTERIOR: Bedrooms

Bedrooms were completed with black finishes and ceiling fans. One bedroom was converted from a dining room to the third bedroom and included a drum light fixture.


Bedroom BEFORE


Bedroom AFTER


Bedroom BEFORE



Bedroom AFTER


INTERIOR: Bathroom

I focused on geometry in the bathroom, with long, stacked subway tile bringing a more modern feel to this popular type of tile. Hexagonal black slate tile with contrasting grout adds interest to the floor, with gold and black finishes in the shower and sink. The bathroom vanity has a wood tone reminiscent of teak, a popular mid century wood, and the globe vanity light completes the mid century modern look.


Bathroom BEFORE


Bathroom AFTER

I hope you enjoyed this before and after of a mid century style ranch house! I certainly loved designing it, and am so pleased with how it turned out. My friends at Reno Area Home Buyers were great to work with and I have to give them all of the credit for the execution and staying true to the design.


Want to see more photos of this project? Check them out here.


- Lauren

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