Contemporary Traditional

Modern Interior in a Colonial Home

Washington DC Architect and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla designed this family room, incorporating ceiling details and lighting, a contemporary fireplace, furnishings and art.
Custom fireplace surround and media center with hidden television designed by contemporary Washington DC architecture and interior design firm, Studio Santalla
Contemporary_Traditional_MEDIUM-JPG_03Remodeled colonial living room now features contemporary ceiling details and furniture by Washington DC architect and interior design firm Studio Santalla
The remodeled contemporary kitchen of this Washington, DC colonial features stainless steel countertops and a large island.
Contemporary_Traditional_MEDIUM-Contemporary Breakfast room of this Washington, DC colonial remodel by architect and interior design firm Studio Santalla
Contemporary breakfast nook with barrel vault ceiling by Washington DC Architect and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla
The remodeled dining room of this colonial Washington, DC home is a mix of contemporary and traditional elements.
Contemporary paneling in this colonial renovation by Studio Santalla conceals a flush door to the kitchen
Studio Santalla custom designed this contemporary sideboard with mahogany and gold leaf
Contemporary foyer of Washington, DC colonial home by architect and interior design firm Studio Santalla


There is much in the line of traditional homes in the Washington, DC area. Often, our clients want a more contemporary aesthetic. This project, which involved an addition, shows how contemporary modern interiors work well in the context of a traditional home without having to start over.

The new modern kitchen boasts contrasting stainless steel and wood cabinets and countertops, and a large island.  Off the kitchen hangs a breakfast room, home to a custom designed maple dining table. An elegant dining room is fitted with contemporary paneling that conceals the door to the Butler’s Pantry. A sleek custom sideboard of gold leaf and mahogany, designed by Studio Santalla, is accompanied by paintings from Robin Rose and Pauline Ziegan (Donald Sultan School). A modern candle-laden chandelier also provides halogen downlighting for the client’s large, Cuban mahogany dining table.

In the living room, neutral furniture is juxtaposed to a patterned ottoman from the client’s collection, in keeping with Ernesto Santalla, PLLC’s—formerly Studio Santalla— soft-modern style.  Blonde Sycamore wood panels and the bas relief ceiling give definition to the space. The traditional mantel was replaced with a minimal surround, integrating a hidden media center. The neutral colors provide a backdrop for contemporary Artwork from Donald Sultan as well as African tribal artwork from the client’s trips abroad.

Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon

One Response to “Contemporary Traditional”

  1. Beautiful. I love it

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