A wall-to-wall mirror reflects the natural light in this master bathroom, opening the space up and making it seem even larger! To contrast the crisp white walls, the designers brought in a dark, reclaimed wood vanity with his-and-her sinks and a caged chandelier in black. A round, metallic tub waits in the corner for when the owners need to relax before bed.
Black walls create a moody atmosphere, perfect for contrasting the brighter elements of the room. A midcentury modern pendant light features a bright, bubbled look, illuminating the polished wood kitchen table below. A trio of twisted, modern, metallic vases compliment the slight curve of the table's edge. Blue velvet dining chairs surround the table while a dark balloon chair blends with the walls behind it.
This contemporary dining room in Sedona, Arizona has been created to complement the beauty of the home by incorporating natural materials with its furnishings and providing a spectacular exterior view. The soft yellow high-back chairs in a nubby material contrast with the dark hue of the dining table and and black frames of the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Just off the kitchen, a casual dining room basks in the glow of the natural light from the large pay windows. A new, rustic dining table provides the family with a great space for making memories, while the contrasting black chairs make great statement pieces. Custom benches and cabinets are in place behind the dining table to create more seating and display the homeowners' vintage dishes.
A favorite kitchen element is a farmhouse sink with a window just above. If you're going to be cooking or doing dishes, why not have a beautiful view in sight? This lovely space is also defined by its custom refrigerator, which matches the white cabinets perfectly. High cabinets are ideal for storing infrequently used pots and pans, and the simple black backsplash behind the range adds an understated punch of contrast.
This stylish boy's bedroom uses bold punches of turquoise in the benches, nightstand and ottomans to complement the gray color palette. Colorful wall art behind the beds infuses the room with more color, and a plush window seat with an array of throw pillows creates a cozy spot for the boys to relax. A black and white striped rug grounds the space and adds lovely contrast to the bright accent colors.
Drawing on the vivid, high-contrast aesthetic of Hollywood film and TV sets for inspiration, this modestly-sized bathroom was updated with a color scheme of fire-engine red, black and taupe. To keep costs low, the layout, cabinets and tiles were left as-is, while the walls were updated with chalkboard paint complete with creative drawings and phrases, with walls and ceilings clad with reclaimed barn siding.
A dramatic floor to ceiling stone fireplace is the focal point in this two-story coastal style living room. A black leather couch and painted wood coffee table add a touch of contrast to the bright look of the space, including soft mint green walls and large windows that allow natural light to flood the room.
A black dining table and dark-stained chairs provide stark contrast to the room's tropical blue and pale yellow color palette. The Grecian key pattern detail in the white credenza mimics the pattern in the dining chair seats, and a starburst mirror provides a touch of glamour to the sleek space. A large picture window allows plenty of natural light and supplies incredible city views.
Pendant lights hang down over an island with bar seating in this country kitchen. Glass door cabinets and provide dish storage around a patterned tile wall above the metallic stove. A strip of subway tile follows the white countertop around the walls of the kitchen. Wooden bar stools, gray herringbone flooring, and a black window frame above the sink add a few contrasting colors to the white decor.
Muted gray cabinets pair with black quartz countertops, while contrasting white quartz countertops top the 13-foot-long island. Quartz countertops offer the advantage of resistance to staining and are essentially maintenance free. A well-lit kitchen relies on sophisticated and layered lighting from multiple sources. In this case that includes recessed spots for dramatic accent, industrial-style pendants for concentrated task lighting and a trio of rustic sconces over the sink.
Black and white peel and stick adds new life to the built-in bookshelf in this sitting space. A vintage chair with distressed frame serves as an elegant centerpiece for the design. A contemporary table with a geometric shaped base creates an enticing style contrast to the chair. Blue curtains provide the sole color with the sheen of the fabric keeping with the bright look of the room.
Tamara’s bedroom is a far cry from the high-energy of the living area. Away from the bright colors and energetic patterns, this is a space designed for relaxation. The dark gray walls set an intimate mood, overlaid by black and white accents that continue the calm feeling. Warm pops of pink from the bedding provide contrast. The art in this space is simple and focused, a tribute to the designer, her husband, and the home that they share.
Keep it sophisticated when choosing decorative objects for your dark and moody tablescape. For a simple nod to Christmastime, a trio of mod cones made of wood veneer sheeting were created DIY style. After cutting each piece to size, a slit was made up the center to fit two triangles together, and then the pieces were dipped into black paint for a clean, crisp hint of contrast.
The open design creates a spacious feel for this connected kitchen and dining room. White walls create a bright look and the black kitchen island and cabinetry add a bold contrast to the light. Dining chairs dressed in neutral slip covers surround a wood table over a patterned rug adding a touch of orange color.
Ample sunlight and a soothing desert-inspired color palette prove a winning combination in the spa-style master bathroom of the HGTV Dream Home 2010. A drop-in bathtub is encompassed in black-speckled white tiles and given a soft vibe with a row of illuminated candles. A candle chandelier hangs above a painted sage green double vanity, which is contrasted by the dark blue color accents used to trim the doorways.
Celebrate the start of spring with an inviting nature-inspired tablescape. "A simple blossom-themed wrapping paper is the inspiration for this table setting to welcome spring. A variety of candles and a pedestal holding an egg-filled bowl add to the fresh feel of the table," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. For a subtle contrast and touch of drama, black place mats are added beneath simple aqua dishes.
Strategic design equals stunning effect when considering Jason Brownlee's landscape plan for this lakefront property. Seen from above, the three-tiered, infinity-edged pool in black PebbleSheen onyx provides a dramatic contrast against the subtle tones of the patio and Mediterranean-inspired home while maintaining the contours of the radial theme of both the home and its location. From the ground, however, the pool highlights the lakefront view and gives the illusion of a water-to-water continuous connection.