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An out-of-date split-level becomes a brighter, whiter, den of high style.

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The kitchen, with a range hood-and-shelf combo designed by Jessica Helgerson.

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Decals by Bilk decorate Jack’s room.

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A new deck gives the front entry greater presence.

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The Zahoudanis family: (from left) Jack, Alexis, Peter, and Kelly.

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Pale-green stone tile gives the master bath, which connects to the main bedroom and the study, a peaceful, spalike feel.

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Bright colors aren’t the only way to enliven a drab room. Interior designer Jessica Helgerson chose white paint and ebony-stained floors for the main portion of the Zahoudanis residence. Throughout the home, dark browns, grays, and blacks, which are juxtaposed against pale tints, create a feeling of energy and verve. In the powder room, black paint on the ceiling makes the closet-size space feel more expansive (as a rule, dark colors appear to recede from view), while bold patterned wallpaper turns a primping spot into a forest frolic.

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Floor-to-ceiling chocolate-brown drapery on the wall behind the headboard endows the master bedroom with a feeling of drama.

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Slate-gray paint transforms a stair landing into a focal point, and also puts the geometric pattern of a white-painted banister in sharp relief. So next time you redecorate, instead of berating yourself for liking brown, just consider upping the cocoa content.

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