Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more about this faux-painting technique.
Glossy black subway tile and a patterned gray tile floor balance out the bold, colorful graffiti design on the breakfast nook dining furniture. In the great room, faux deer heads painted every shade of the rainbow inject a dose of whimsy and surprise.
In a Hong Kong villa, trees take over a stairwell via luxury hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay. The wallpaper is made using the grisaille technique in shades of gray. The scenery shifts from trees to clouds as the wood and marble staircase continues. The villa's interior design is by Pamela Babey of BAMO.
The owners of this 1918 Craftsman home wanted a front yard and porch that would be instantly welcoming. The original exterior's green stucco was switched out to navy blue siding that paired handsomely with the home's cream-colored trim. For a cohesive look from yard to porch, designers used planters painted the same pale gray as the chairs and porch floor. Chairs, faux tile floor and flower pot paint color: Sherwin Williams Silver Plate
A deep navy blue sofa adds a rich tone to the room against the white painted brick walls. A faux-texture gray area rug encompasses the sofa simple wood coffee table and midcentury modern, mustard yellow chair. A black and white modern art piece is balanced against the wall to fill some space while retaining the minimalist feel.
A tray ceiling painted with light and dark shades of gray and trimmed in white creates dimension over this stylish bedroom design. A wooden bed frame features tall pyramid posts, and the bed linens combine a traditional white cover with a faux fur accent throw and decorative pillows. A metallic sunburst draws light to the wall to finish the look.
Designer Vanessa DeLeon used plush fabrics and deep gray accent pieces to put an elegant spin on this complete home remodel. The eclectic teal and black dining room features an over-dyed turquoise rug from Creative Touch in Secaucus, N.J., while the table hails from Brooklyn-based artisan woodworker Palo Samko. The neutral walls are complemented by a faux-painted black and gray ceiling and black leather chairs around a rustic hardwood dining table with mismatched candle holders and two brass pendant lights.
Susan Brunstrum designed this casual media room with comfortable furniture and simple lines, but in the same color palette as the great room and other areas of the home. Guests can gather for a fun evening on the cream leather sectional or take a seat in one of the recliners upholstered in leather and faux fur. She painted the walls a gray-blue and placed informal book shelves and a large console table against one wall for storage and display.