1. dark colours on walls really let the furnishings, artwork and in fact, anything else in the room, shine !!
2. dark colours on walls work particularly well with polished concrete floors and sisal flooring in natural tones
3. dark walls show the richness of timber and leather
4. dark walls are timeless … and classic style
5. dark colours are inviting in winter but equally so in summer, teamed with crisp white and pale timber … enjoy creating your own stylish interior.
I have just read the most fabulous blog on colour … the power of colour.
Enjoy UK’s Ben Pentreath – http://www.benpentreath.com/2013/02/24/thinking-of-colour/.
A change is as good as a holiday and this colour is spectacular !!
Images: Ben Pentreath
image: likainen parketti
There is nothing as smart as black and white !! And you don’t need another colour at all if you are clever with texture and pattern. How inviting is the grey woollen blanket above, not to mention the rustic trunk …. the juxtaposition of the contemporary slick white walls with lots of texture, pattern and vintage !!
Again, a simple white interior contrasted with the warmth and texture of the linen sofa and timber table. Interestingly, it is the definite contrast of the black shade, television and other smaller pieces that create the statement.
This is an example of pure white on white with not a lot of black …… however you don’t need a lot to make the statement.
In contrast, the black in this interior is strong and bold and looks fabulous !!
The combination of the very definite black and white stripes with the softer lines of the sofa and armchair works beautifully. The detailed window architrave and rustic side tables soften the linear effect of the rug.
So be bold ….. go forth and embrace black and white for its simplicity, its inherent style and its flexibility.
Some black and white suggestions ……
almost black walls with white ceiling, doors, windows, skirting and architraves, floors pale bleached timber
white walls, ceiling and trims with black gloss timber floor
bathrooms with white wall tiles, predominantly white tiled floor with small black tile in check pattern, black vanity as a contrast with white bath and basin
all white kitchens with a very thick black benchtop … particularly good with black timber floor or even grey bleached timber
staircases in white with black handrail and tread only
charcoal to black painted exterior for timber houses or sheds with white trim on windows, doors and shutters
black and white photographs framed in black on a white wall or framed in white on a black wall
a soft black fringed throw rug on a bed made with crisp white bedlinen and doona
thick black bath towels hanging or folded in an all white bathroom
a large vase full of fully blown pink roses in any black and white interior ….
images: love french bulldogs
There are so many beautiful books published about a predominantly white interior. The look can be rustic, slick and contemporary, opulent or minimalist. It also allows you to showcase anything you choose.
It could be bookcases filled with books, artwork, flowers in a vase, baskets, gilt mirrors or picture frames, porcelain ….. patterned, cream or white, architectural detailing or warm timbers.
Everything else in the room will be in contrast or shadow against the crispness of the white.
My favourite shade of white has never altered…..Dulux White Birch. It has enough warmth to give the room a certain glow. For a very polished, state of the art interior I adore Dulux Vivid White !!!
An all white kitchen gives a feeling of orderliness and cleanliness…..an all white bathroom…..elegance and an all white bedroom……peacefulness.
Be bold…..floors can be cream or a light coloured carpet to complete the look. White painted timber floors can be both rustic or contemporary…..rather Scandinavian.
Don’t stop with the fabrics……what could be more divine than cream, white or antique linen in varying textures…..have fun!
This caught my eye when running through some favourite blogs. So often impending parents get caught up with the boy/girl baby dilemma when decorating the nursery for the new baby.
For a start they are not babies for very long. It can be a mistake to take the short term view and decorate a baby’s room with lots of baby colours and pattern….all too soon you are faced with a redecorating exercise. This gorgeous room above, to me is very clever……both now and for later. It is also rather clever if the sex of the baby is not known at the time you are decorating.
What could be smarter than a palette of soft grey and white where you can then add the appropriate splash of colour as above or pinks and reds for a feminine touch.
This scheme will stand the test of time and for an older child simply add navy, red, orange or even charcoal and silver.
I do love the horizontal stripe and these can be in any width. It can be achieved by a painter, you painting or finding the stripe wallpaper you love.
images: jessica comingore