SY: re your thought about black risers. I wouldn't. They want to tie to the other verticals in the space (ie, the walls), which are all white. This reads heavy. UNLESS you are talking about black TREADS rather than risers, which I can totally get behind - though I do think oak treads were in your contract?
SY: I don't think it's as clean or as light as white, but here's an image I don't hate with black risers. You won't see the side profile of the stairs at your house, however, as your drywall comes up above them. M: my preference is all oak stairs (with an eventual runner down the stairs later on). But, if I have to pick between black and white for the risers, I like the black, mostly for the cleaning aspect that would come with having white :( if we go with black, I will think about that wall being black too (but not now maybe down the line)
SY: couple things here. This rail system might achieve the lightness you're looking for. You would want to do the rail on the other side in wood or white. Note also the white risers (that's the vertical piece on the stair). It's important to keep those white to tie the stairs to the walls, and maintain lightness. M: not loving the white and wood. SY: also note here if you are talking about black TREADS and not risers, that is a totally viable choice, IMO.
SY: black rail, white wall behind. This presumes white background in a foyer wallpaper. M: we love this. On board with a white background for the foyer wallpaper. I’m still hopeful I can find complimentary papers for foyer and bath. SY: another image from way back when, early in the design process. Again, more expensive option with custom rail.
SY: a different but nice light feel here - thin black vertical pieces that go all the way to the ceiling. This is nice because you just see the [required] rail on the back wall cutting through the front verticals: nice and clean. (Note that your rail will not turn 90 degrees as is shown in this or any of the other images.)
SY: Here's a horizontal option I don't hate, though I do (almost always, inside) prefer vertical. This is palatable because of how thin the rails are. If you google horizontal black stair rails, you'll see how heavy they are, more often than not. And I just don't like the diagonal line as much as the vertical on the rails.
SY: Sorry but your shower can't be this deep. :) But a window between two shower heads, with a glass door and glass on top of the symmetrical half walls. M:yes! I like this configuration. And I LOVE the space here.... SY: yay! I thought you might. We do too. :) But I'm confused that you say you like this configuration but aren't sure about the one to the right (with the subway tile). Both are laid out the same; there's just a glass door and glass above the half walls in one, and a window in the other. You'd have a window and glass. Make sense? What am I missing? Do you mean that you like that these two half walls are a little taller than the ones with the subway tile?
SY: looking at a configuration like this for your shower - except the back wall has a window. And the outside can be paneled rather than tiled of course. Ok? M: hmmm, I like this but with the glass all the way, the half wall is cool, but we would still want to as much enclosed as possible. I do like the two heads on opposite sides, and love the idea of the window on the back wall. And I like the step up into the shower. I’m not sure what you mean by paneled, do you mean glass? SY: I mean paneled like that image below that you said you'd love for a plant shelf - with wainscoting instead of tile on the half walls outside the shower.
Living room. MWB: This is about as close to geometric that I’m loving. I want something more busy/more color than just the black geometric. I really like this one, it seems less busy than the other I posted. I hear you on the point with making sure that all the rugs go well together and aren’t competing. And I want to select the living room one first and then the rest, since it’s the largest. So bear with me, if we go with say this one, and kept the entry rug almost all one color/no print, shortened the runner to maybe 4x 8/9ft so that you don’t see it from the living room (then it could be whatever it wanted to patternwise), and I’m looking for a round 8ft dark rug for the den (but thus far haven’t found anything I like)....would that work? *the more I look at this one the more I love it. SY: Then start with this one! And build the others off of that. Skip the organic pattern on the kitchen runner. :) LMK if you need help!