The crux of this dramatic penthouse design is set on contrast, as a black and white color palette anchors the space. To help connect the lounge space to the rest of the home's elegant design, designers replaced the apartment's standard doors with custom, heavy doors that were painted black. They also added black casings around each of the doors to create a uniform look throughout the enfilade.
Dark-stained molding and door casing frame the clever pocket doorway. Rich orange walls have an almost velvety look. The shelving was configured to extend above the double doors and provide perfect display space for a collection of vintage globes.
Vintage pendants illuminate the kitchen table made from an antique metal base and salvaged wood. Double French doors lead out to the backyard. The doors are encased in thick, dark-stained molding, coordinating with the substantial window and door casings throughout the space.
Traditional architectural elements abound in this classy and classic dining room, from the wainscoting to the wide door casings to the intricate coffered ceiling. A square dining table and on-trend grasscloth wallpaper update the space while keeping with the home's traditional design.
The guest bedroom is north facing, which means it receives cool light all day long. Due to this positioning, blue-white was the shade of choice. To further highlight the cool mood the room takes on due to its positioning, the doors, casings and dresser are a soft blue shade.
Put a crafty spin on mistletoe this season by repurposing a pair of knit mittens as a mistletoe alternative. To do this, attach two mittens together using twine or rope. Next, gather tree cuttings and trim them appropriately to fit inside each mitten. Add a hook, tack or nail to the door casing or trim, then hang using twine or rope.
When looking to update existing cabinet door fronts without major costs, keep in mind that glossy black and glossy white paint instantly modernize almost any style door front, resulting in a much newer look. In order to properly refinish old cabinet door fronts, first, remove them from the casing, marking the back of each door front and the inside of the cabinet with painter's tape marked with coordinating numbers. Next, remove the existing finish with fine-grit sandpaper and wipe away dust with a damp cloth. Add an even coat of primer to the front and back of each door front as well as the fascia of the cabinet casing. Lastly, use a professional-grade, two- or three-inch angled brush to apply two coats of a high-gloss latex paint, as well as a clear coat of polyurethane. Keep the space well-ventilated for 24 to 48 hours to allow fumes to subside.