Posts Tagged ‘color series’

Decorating with White

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you! It’s been a rough few days with an entire family down with the flu, ugh! Luckily I’ve escaped contagion. #fingerscrossed

I thought I’d ease back into blogging with some winter white inspiration today, continuing the color series started last year. When I refer to color I do consider gray, black, and white as part of the decorating mix, they play a powerful role.

White spaces have been popular for years and instead of being trendy are proving to have staying power as we’re influenced more and more by contemporary looks and Scandinavian design. I’m a huge fan of spaces decorated with a white backdrop or furnishings, the palette is uplifting and soothing at the same time. Here’s a peek at a few favorite looks and why they’re so successful.

White is grounded when partnered with wood, and we’ve all fallen in love with rustic surfaces in the past few years, from floors to cabinets to countertops. Go ahead and mix wood tones, no matching required. Take a cue from these spaces that pull it off well.

wood floors white kitchen

muse interiors x base table


white and wood kitchen


white dining room wood floors


wood floors and coffee table

source unknown / muse interiors / nicety / pinterest / nib hjemme


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Decorating with Black

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s the great debate, is black truly a color? From a scientific perspective, to see and define color, you must have light. Artists and designers do consider black a color, however scientists do not because technically black is the absence of all color. When light shines on an object its true hue is revealed by the light bouncing off of it observed by the human eye.

Since color theory is based in human perception, it’s okay for us to refer to black as a “color” for purposes of interior design. Three adjectives come to mind with the discussion of decorating with black: glamorous, sophisticated, timeless. Think of the tuxedo, the grand piano, film noir, and black and white photography.

black and white space bhg

better homes & gardens

I’ve been exploring the obvious colors on the wheel in this continuing Color Series, but it does make sense to include black, white, and gray as a major players because of their impact when making choices in how to decorate homes and spaces. 

When it comes to exteriors, what’s more classic than a glossy black front door and trim? I have a weak spot for black mullions, divided light windows, or French doors, and can’t wait to incorporate them into a future space design.

black gloss front door

black front entry door

black divided light windows

domaine home / traditional home / elle es


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