Bringing Summer Colors and Textures into Your Interior All Year Round

Posted by reside360 Team on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 10:26am.

By: Maura Braun

A big part of city living in downtown Chicago, is having a spectacular view. “My job is to bring the outdoors in, even if that means taking everything up 45 floors,” says Interior Designer, Maura Braun. “We bring nature into our interiors to add a modern, textural warmth to the home. Nature is just one of Braun’s three must haves for a successful project, which are nature, color, and materials.

Think of how you feel on a late June afternoon. The sun is touching you with warmth through its red and yellow based color palette that bathes everything in a warm glow. The divides of a tree’s bark are accentuated with texture and shadows that make for a very warm and friendly encounter.

Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.

This is how Maura Braun designs an interior that brings summer warmth and texture into the home year-round.

For this powder room, nature started off the selection process of materials with an organic, live edge shape to the countertop. The custom made countertop, combined with a natural stone sink gives the room a pureness through nature’s materials.

From here colors were selected from a red or a yellow based color palette to add additional warmth; even grey can have a red hue. The green wall paint and tiles are soft, muted tones that serve as the backdrop. “We even added Gingko leaf patterned, hand fired clay tiles within the tile wall, to bring the outdoors in,” says Maura Braun.

Next Maura brought in bamboo custom cabinetry at the wet bar and kitchen, along with quartzite stone countertops. Both of these materials are formed in nature and add another level of depth to the interior that a lacquer or a laminate cabinet would not. “The materials that we select make people stop and look twice,” says Braun, “we always push for materials with unique qualities that are not the latest trend.”

Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.

The countertops have a leather finish, which results in a soft, matte texture and feels more relaxed and comfortable than your basic polished granite.

The honey golden tones of the Bamboo cabinetry is reminiscent of wheat fields bathed in an Indian summer sunshine.

The living room, with its views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, invites the blues of the sky and water inside. Through pops of color in the fabric, the armchair and throw pillows, along with the artwork, everything connects to the blues outside.

Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.

Pillows are the easiest way to change the look of a room from winter to summer, simply in the material, color, and pattern pillows. Braun suggests having separate sets of pillows: one for winter and one for summer.

Braun also uses colors and textures found on a walk in the woods during the summer to bring about a modern, textural warmth as shown in this den, also overlooking Millennium Park. The custom coffee table, made by a natural woodworker, has carvings that create the look of a tree trunk with a custom rubbed color to emulate the color gradient in the room, to complete a woodsy feel. Touches of green pop out of the tranquil, cozy den.

Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.

In this seating area, the custom end table, designed with a Ti Tree Bush from Australia and the natural onyx stone floor lamp combined to bring balance to the smooth leather swivel armchairs and the modern shape and pattern to the ottoman and rug, all while eliciting a summer blend of natural colors and materials, found on the beach.

Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.

The dining room continues the open and airy layout with a barely there pendant light fixture, fossil shell accessory, and a smoke bush to bring greenery to round out the accent pieces. “I believe that great lives are supported by great interiors, which promotes productivity and happiness,” says Maura Braun.

Photo Courtesy of Lambros Photography, Inc.

For further information on Maura Braun’s work or to make an appointment, visit

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