An ornate Louis XV bookcase sits behind an upholstered sofa in this traditional living room. Elegant details in the space, such as the gold hardware on the bookcase and the lucite candlesticks on the coffee table, make the room feel detailed and sophisticated.
Wide casings and craftsman styling on this pair of windows blend with clean-lined white cabinetry and vintage-inspired hardware to give this California kitchen an elegant, yet casual air. Dark accents on the peninsula and built-ins create contrast, as does the dark wood bookshelf.
Instead of a fancy piece of art, enlarge a photo you've taken outside or in a favorite spot and frame it, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. You can add color to the mantle, like in this Dallas home, without using accessories. Also, arrange shells or other natural elements that you saved because of their beauty (and free price tag) in a frame or shadowbox, as another layer of art for your mantel.
Built in shelving creates a decorative frame around the bench seat. Blue patterned throw pillows work with blue accents throughout the room to add color to the design. A dark dining table and dark hardwood flooring create a deep contrast against the bright, white room. A gold and crystal chandelier hanging above adds a traditional flair.
The dark wood of the built-in bookshelf, wainscoting, and plantation shutters creates a rich and cozy feel in this traditional home office. A neutral patterned carpet adds interest without overpowering the room.
This modern, rustic bathroom features a luxurious walk-in shower with white marble tile and a rainfall shower faucet. A dark chocolate vanity sits across from the freestanding soaking tub with a wooden shelf.
Clean lines and neutral tones defines this sleek, modern bedroom featuring a dark wood headboard and matching floating shelf. Fresh white flowers compliment crisp white bed linens as the only decoration in the space.
This lovely sitting room is a perfect balance of contrasts: Darker, heavier elements like the bookshelf and wood floor are lifted by the lightness of the chandelier, arched window and the ghost chairs.
A gracious entry hall sets the tone for this apartment with white wainscoting and tasteful wallpaper. The adjacent sitting room features a built-in bookshelf, dark wood furniture and a neutral area rug.