Modern & Minimal Utah Home Tour with a Spanish Influence

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Be prepared to get nice and cozy with this tour, my friends. Naturally, Amy Hansen of Ames Interiors left no detail untouched in this modern-meets-minimal Utah home. From the patterned tile kitchen backsplash and custom butler’s pantry to the dreamy master to the cutest kids bunk situation… I can’t choose a favorite. Come along for the tour and a few gems from Amy below… including patterned tile tips and three blue paint recommendations!

Can you tell us a bit about this home and the inspiration behind the design?

This home was built for a couple whose hearts are drawn to Spanish design. Influenced by Mexico’s rich culture and their many vacations under the sun, swimming in the crystal-clear ocean, we were asked to incorporate a lot of the same elements they know and love. Things like white stucco, terra-cotta and zellige tiles, warm woods and lots of blue and green accents. Aside from their personal style, they wanted a home that still felt fresh and up to date. The home’s modern bones are contrasted with soft lines, rich colors, textures and pops of patterns. 

How would you describe the overall style in a sentence?

Modern and minimal meets California cool with a side of Spanish. 

Do you have a favorite room or design element in the home? 

After working on a project for so long, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one feature we love the most! But if I had to pick, I’d say the stunning cabinets in the butler’s pantry. Custom hewn from rift sawn white oak, we decided to carry the wood through to the interior of the cabinet. I feel like doing so elevated its look to a whole other level. Finished with a pair of beautiful hot rolled steel and clear glass door fronts, there’s no doubt they’re a showpiece! In all, we’re grateful for amazing trades that were able to collaborate together, bringing our inspiration to full fruition. 

The tile backsplash in the kitchen is clearly the showstopper. Do you have any tips for those out there who are thinking of doing a patterned tile in their home? 

It’s no doubt that patterned tiles have made a big scene in the world of interiors. But how do you pick a tile that’s not too trendy or so patterned you’ll tire of it quickly? We have a couple of things we like to focus on when selecting a perfectly patterned tile! First, make sure the pattern compliments the architecture/style of your home. Geometric patterned tiles are great and certainly easy to find, but unless you have an ultra-modern or contemporary-style home, I’d steer clear. Second, go for quality and we promise you’ll be happier in the long run. Printed tiles are the equivalent of laminate flooring. If you’re able to save for a cement or hand-made terra-cotta, do it! Patience is a virtue, my friends. And lastly, keep your color palette to a minimum. The pattern itself is going to speak volumes in your space. Loud colors on top of bold patterns can end up being more tiresome than they will be timeless. 

The blue island pairs perfectly with that tile. Would you mind sharing 3 favorite blue hues for kitchens (including this one)?

The paint color we decided to go with on the kitchen island is Vulcan by Dunn Edwards. We love it for its medium blue hue with grey undertones. Some other blue paint colors we like are Blue Steel by Dunn Edwards and De Nimes by Farrow & Ball. 

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