Photo Gallery: Arren Williams’ Homes
Master his quirky mix of high and low.
A textured wall makes a beautiful backdrop to a simple kitchen.
“The floor-to-ceiling ribbed-glass tile wall adds lovely texture and sparkle that frames the window,” says homeowner and stylist Arren Williams. High-gloss cabinetry, white Corian countertops and stainless steel appliances keep the overall look clean and classic.
A glass door lets the light shine on glossy cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
European-style white lacquered cabinetry and a bold acid-yellow painted wall against dark antiqued hardwood flooring inject Arren's kitchen with loads of character. Brushed metal horizontal drawer pulls reinforce the lean, linear theme.
Large windows visually expand a narrow area.
White accents and natural light transformed Arren's dining room into a radiant, inviting space. His custom-made dining room table and Thonet-like chairs, which he refurbished himself, add vintage charm.
Mismatched vintage chairs and a bold Bev Hisey rug add character to this space.
When renovating and decorating his first house, stylist Arren Williams installed deep baseboards and dentil crown mouldings in keeping with the period of the house. The mouldings and walls were painted white to unify and brighten the space, and provide a clean backdrop for the rich brown tones of the vintage furniture, including a modern teak chair found in the garbage.
Add a subtle sheen to your walls with metallic gold wallpaper.
“I fell in love with the pattern of this wallpaper and was determined to use it,” says homeowner, stylist and regular H&H contributor Arren Williams. “Inspired by a vintage 1950s fabric, it really fits in with our aesthetic. And its livable, soft metallic tones add warmth and offset other colours in the room, like the bold turquoise of the vintage lamp and the purple of Spot’s dog bed.”
Find more inspiration in our photo gallery of Arren Williams’ Houses and get more great ideas for using gold as an accent in our Decorating With Gold gallery. Plus, see more of this space in our video tour.
Bold colours and vintage pieces create a unique look.
“We thought having a big pink sofa would be hilarious, so I balanced that with the bold turquoise fabric that covers the vintage aluminum chairs — my twist on the ubiquitous bergere chair,” says stylist Arren Williams. The brightly upholstered furniture is toned-down with neutral walls and a modern stone fireplace which he painted a creamy white. Vintage pieces, such as the side tables and glass pendant, give a retro-cool vibe to the space.
Bold artwork makes a statement in this modern-vintage dining room.
Stylist Arren Williams‘ fireplace went from stodgy to sleek with a coat of white paint and some inexpensive subway tiles. A white chandelier became a great focal point above the red leather Series 7 chairs. “I painted the chandelier white, cut back the sparkle, replaced the pointy bulbs with clear round ones and added a ceiling medallion,” says Arren.
Find more decorating inspiration in our photo gallery of Arren’s homes.
Layered textural elements in a neutral palette create a cosy feel.
Arren's principal bedroom offers a tranquil escape. Rich details such as the grasscloth wallpaper, cream velvet drapery and David Hicks fabric upholstered on the headboard and bedframe offer a custom, designer look.
Deep colours and textures offer drama.
This headboard was upholstered in a metallic linen, which adds sparkle and height to the space, while brightening the overall look. Pops of colour such as the red enamel side table and ochre-hued chair enliven the space in an unexpected way.
A bright yellow hue livens up a neutral bedroom.
Bold canary yellow paint coats this vintage faux-bamboo chair, which can be placed in any room for a hit of cheery colour. An Ikea wardrobe with translucent doors keeps clothing organized with style.
White cabinets reflect light and provide substantial storage.
It seems counter-intuitive to paint your basement walls and ceiling in such a dark hue, but stylist Arren Williams kept the space bright with mood lighting. “The undermount lighting in the high-gloss storage units highlights our collections,” says Williams. This modern design has a masculine feel without crying out “bachelor pad”.
Eye-catching ottomans add visual interest and functionality.
Stylist Arren Williams‘ basement was designed to be both practical and beautiful. A modern sectional sofa in a charcoal fabric can sit many people while two cane ottomans can be used as side tables or additional seating. To create the perfect setting for movie night, Williams chose a heavy, full-height velvet curtain to block out any unwanted light.