“Using black for interiors can be scary as it’s usually associated with being dark or depressing,” says designer Jodie Rosen. Her advice: “Using hits of black as an accent is a great way to elevate a space and emphasize elements of the design. In this case, we used black on the trim around the range to make the area a focal point and then repeated the black in the oversized fixtures, stools, and the metal detailing on the island.”
Whether your home is a beachside getaway or you just love the water, decorating with nautical-inspired décor is timeless, especially when done in small doses. Worn woods, twine netting and touches of coral are classics and blend well with a variety of other décor.
The all-white aesthetic creates a wonderful sense of calm, but that doesn’t mean small doses of high-energy color are unwelcome. It’s just the opposite, actually. Highly saturated color used sparingly always feels a little optimistic when paired to a fresh, crisp white.
Contrast was key to this room’s design success. Careful doses of black and white were added in equal measure, such as the curtains and artwork over the bed. Then they were mixed with small pops of saturated color to create a playful, but not overly childish, feel.
Fun punches of color bring life to this twin bedroom. The chartreuse color makes a great accent when used in small doses. Designer tip: Layer the bed with pillows and throws to give it a custom look. Spend a little time and research pieces that add sparkle to the room.
Much like the dining room, this kitchen is a study in how using strong doses of cool and warm neutral colors to define a room allows a variety of other colors to fit into a palette. Here pops of yellow, green, orange and purple are brought in through everything from fresh fruit to an oxidized metal bin. Using several bright colors in small pops creates a colorful space that doesn’t overwhelm.