Life is brought to this once dark and closed off living space by opening up the living room, dining room and kitchen to each other. A white tongue-and-groove board ceiling brightens the entire space. Neutral furnishings are paired weathered hardwood floors and dark wood tables for a cottage-inspired style.
This three-way fireplace elegantly provides a division between the sleeping and sitting areas of this traditional bedroom suite. Diagonally-installed hardwood flooring and dark wood crown molding add dimenstion to the large space.
All-white decor keeps this transitional open plan kitchen and living area feeling fresh and light, while dark wood elements like the hardwood floor help ground the space. The windows are one of the beautiful original details the designer kept.
Gorgeous hardwood floors are the foundation for an elegant curved deck with dark outdoor furniture. Area rugs anchor and define the outdoor living area from the outdoor dining area. Neutral tones coordinate with the natural elements of the outdoors.
This dramatic cottage dining area features charcoal gray walls and a coat of black paint on the hardwood floor. The room is a good example of how dark walls can help a small or narrow space feel more intimate.
Beadboard walls, a rattan loveseat with washable cushions, hardwood flooring and child-sized furniture make this cottage-style space a durable playroom for kids and stylistically mature for adults. The dark wood armoire is perfect for hiding kid-related clutter.
A center island clad in a waterfall countertop houses deep drawers for extra kitchen storage. The dark island contrasts against the soft white cabinets and a subway tile backsplash, while glossy hardwood floors ground the kitchen. The entire space features an open floor plan that creates a family-friendly environment.
This dining room's dark wooden dining table is contrasted by four white upholstered chairs with nailhead trim. The color of the hardwood flooring pairs well with the blue walls. A false window with floor-length blue curtains gives the illusion of a larger room. A wooden Asian figurine decorates the space.
This family room mixes antiques and new furnishings to give the room a lived-in comfortable feel. The dark burnt orange color on the walls, pattered drapes that accent white crown molding and hardwood floors make this space inviting and warm.
Plenty of cabinetry provides ample storage space to keep this stylish kitchen open and uncluttered. A large stainless steel refrigerator and appliances fit into the cabinets for a sleek, smooth look. Light hardwood flooring and white walls allow the dark cabinets to pop.
Perched on the edge of a canyon, this home is oriented to take advantage of its sweeping views via balconies, private terraces and large windows. In the living area, dark accents give dramatic finish to the white walls and pale hardwood floors.
A white coffered ceiling and hardwood floors set a sophisticated tone for this transitional kitchen. The dark brown island adds beautiful contrast against the white cabinetry, and a mix of natural and artificial light makes the space bright and inviting.
The low natural light showcases the dual-direction of the lamp light that hits the edges of the mirror wall decoration. The yellow rug is a beautiful contrast to the soft blue walls and bed linens, while floor-length curtains add a dark hue to the neutral room and pale hardwood floor.
This cottage kitchen has decided dramatic flair thanks to charcoal gray walls and a coat of black paint on the hardwood floor. The room is a good example of how dark walls can help a small or narrow space feel more intimate.
A fresh, contemporary sofa and armchair set centered around the sleek inset television and fireplace create an inviting atmosphere for relaxation and easy conversation in this living room. Large windows frame the stunning view with beautiful dark wood, mirroring the exquisite hardwood floor.
With a color palette inspired by the bark of a birch tree, this open kitchen functions as the hub of the home. The stainless steel hood provides a focal point among the dark cabinetry, eat-in kitchen island and pale hardwood floors.
This elegant dining room showcases a neutral and brown color scheme. Cream colored upholstery on the dining chairs looks beautiful against the dark beige walls and hardwood flooring. A dark wooden dining table is complemented with a matching buffet supporting two traditional table lamps. A chandelier hangs from the white, coffered ceiling for a bright addition to the room.
Never be isolated from your dinner guests in this open-plan dining room and kitchen, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light. Dark hardwoods offset white upholstered chairs, light gray walls with white crown molding, and light marble countertops.