Publicover lowered the window in this kitchen to countertop level to create an unobstructed panorama of the Severn River.

Ask the Pros: Interior Design

Decorating interiors by the bay

How do you accentuate a water view in your design projects?

When designing a waterfront home, my general philosophy is less is more. Views should always be the focal point. This is best accomplished in one of two ways.

You can either take your palette from the view beyond the space; incorporating blues, greens and sandy neutrals will lead the eye beyond the room to the outdoor environment. Using neutrals is another effective approach, particularly in a more contemporary design. By keeping the elements of the room simple and color to a minimum, you create a backdrop that allows the views to work as an ever-changing work of art. —Lisa Publicover, Lisa Publicover Interior Design, Annapolis, Maryland 

Cabinets: Kitchen Encounters, Annapolis, Maryland. Builder: Riley Custom Homes, Annapolis, Maryland.