Moody HuesAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Lindye Galloway uses dark, moody shades to transform a home in Corona Del Mar with serious views
“As a self-taught designer with over 15 years of creative experience, I pull from my California roots to curate spaces that have clean lines with organic touches, that allow me to stretch beyond to showcase my ever-evolving style,” says Lindye Galloway. “Grounded in neutral warmth, each project embodies what I believe is the core experience of home – the deepest realization of comfort, connection, and inspiration.”
Inside this 4,400-square-foot home in Corona Del Mar, Galloway pushed her own limits with color by leaning into a more black that neutral palette. “The primary goal of the project was to blend our Lindye Galloway style with the client’s more moody and dark influence,” she recalls. “We wanted to blend the two styles to provide the client with his dream home while infusing our adopted trends and themes that we intermix into each home we design. Since this dark palette was not something our office had entirely done in the past, we found ways to integrate pops of color through artwork, rugs, and wallpaper while also creating strong visual moments like heavy veined slabs throughout.”
The home was recently renovated so Galloway and her team had to focus their transformative plan on subtle material changes and dramatic decor. “There were several details we were unable to include like moving walls, adding shower niches, and unique details on the headboard wall,” she says. “Since this was something out of our control, we had to roll with the punches and come up with different design details to implement while still remaining true to the LG signature style.” They achieved this by installing black plaster details on both exterior and interior walls, Vermont granite slabs, dark-stained cabinets and matte black steel hardware that evoke a modern edge not typically found in the coastal town decor.
Perhaps the most striking design decisions is the elongated raked plaster wall that runs from the interior to the exterior that pulls one inside while remaining connected to the outside.
Galloway reflects when sharing how her client felt when seeing his new home, “He loved the inclusion of the custom details that extended from the walls to the baseboards to the interior cabinetry to the furniture. We were able to deliver on his vision of wanting a ‘darkened’ home with nods to the harbor views that are right outside his window.”