A bachelor's request for a dark and dramatic dining room that is streamlined yet traditional and marries masculine and feminine results in this ode-to-blue space with an East Coast aesthetic. Deep cobalt blue walls, elegantly upholstered dining chairs, dark wood floors and a richly lacquered table and console are made exciting by the addition of ivory draperies, host chairs and china in a glamorous play on the time-honored pairing.
Warm, peachy-rose walls contrast with the dark wood crib and side table. An ivory armchair with a matching stool sits underneath a feminine, white chandelier. Brown and white patterned curtains make a funky statement.
This stylish boy's nursery features an ivory wood crib paired with a white upholstered armchair and ottoman. Teal accents are seen in the curtains and floral rug, while a stuffed giraffe provides a fun touch. Gray and brown illustrated wallpaper lines the walls.
Neutral tones –– including a pair of chenille armchairs and a quilted comforter –– give this bedroom a relaxing feel throughout. The floor features ivory marble tiles, while the windows boast similarly-hued traditional curtains. A pair of glass paneled doors lead to the outdoor patio area.
Ivory wall paint brings a youthful hue to this sitting room in Arizona. Patterned wall panels are subtle but add life to the space and play with a charcoal gray contemporary daybed and transitional leather chair. Throw pillows, a floral citron rug and Helser drapery hardware pull the room together through pattern and color.
Floor-to-ceiling windows framed with curtains let plenty of natural light into this airy luxury bedroom. Pale gray-green hues and an infusion of ivory keep the space soft yet sophisticated. The room, designed by Phoebe Howard for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta, also has a canopy bed, fireplace, desk, a variety of seating and a dominant photograph above the fireplace.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.