Traditional table settings donâ€™t have to be overly formal or lacking in individuality. Put a modern twist on traditional style with highly contrasted colors and classic patterns, such as botanicals or florals, in a larger scale.
High-contrast landscapes call for high-contrast color palettes. This desert ranch stays cool with a white exterior and an accent of chocolate brown trim. The beauty of this color combo? Any accent color can be chosen for outdoor furniture and decorations.
If your bathroom has a high contrast color scheme, find artistic lotion and soap bottles that reflect that. The accessories to the right of the sink are shiny and almost sculptural, adding a chiseled brilliance to the sleek lines of this bathroom, a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner, designed by Laurie Haefele of Haefele Design.
While bold-colored or high-contrast spaces rely on high-energy color or pattern to create a more-is-more look, subtle spaces rely on a mix of interesting materials. To disrupt the monotony of this room’s color scheme, travertine and gold leaf were introduced through a transitional side table.
In contrast to the mostly neutral apartment, bright accent colors were added to the balcony sitting area for a year-long summer feel. The balcony is an important aspect of the home with endless views of the water and surrounding high-rises.
Drawing on the vivid, high-contrast aesthetic of Hollywood film and TV sets for inspiration, this bathroom is updated with a color scheme of fire engine red, black and taupe. A reclaimed wood ceiling and shower stall contrast against the chalkboard-inspired walls and white tile and cabinets.
Black countertops provide striking contrast against fresh white cabinets in this transitional kitchen. Black high-gloss stools with red upholstery create a spot for casual dining while adding a bold splash of color to the space.
The rough texture of the white brick fireplace beautifully contrasts the soft blue velvet love seat. A patterned rug, indigo ikat curtains and a silver cylinder side table add a high dose of personality and color.
Crisp white stucco pairs with black doors, a black pergola and black accents to create a high-contrast look for this home's exterior. The striking color palette adds an element of drama to the Mediterranean design.
The high style of this living room recalls Hollywood in its heyday. Deep, soft upholstery contrasts the clean lines of the coffee table and art deco desk. While mostly neutral grays and beiges were used throughout, the purple Murano glass lamp and the eggplant-colored pillow add a bit of color.
Though located in a tight space, this galley kitchen is highly effective; space is maximized with high cabinets and multiple drawers. The all-white color scheme and bright windows provide a sense of openness, and the cabinet-front refrigerator seamlessly blends with the rest of the cabinets. Honed black granite countertops and a matching stove backsplash provide contrast within the space.
This white kitchen with contrasting dark island is striking and perfect for a family. It feels cohesive because of the color combination and all of the cabinetry features recessed-paneled cabinet doors. Pendant lights over the island take advantage of the high ceilings.
This classic stairway features a crisp white railing topped with a chocolate brown handrail and matching brown steps, creating a high-contrast look. A rug in the foyer coordinates with the color palette, and a globe pendant light adds a touch of modern flair.