Dark walls in a small space don't have to be a bad thing if used the right way. Designer Gail Fedela used olive walls to open the space up, but kept it light and airy with lots of white in the window treatments, accessories and bed linens.
Clean white bedding with a crisp blue border links the bed in this fun, contemporary teen's bedroom with the deep blue walls and contemporary window treatments. Geometric prints pop against the room's bold color palette, which includes a lipstick pink headboard that creates a fun focal point.
A decadent white dining table is surrounded by 8 white leather chairs and sits on a stunning gray Barbara Barry area rug. A unique wooden wall treatment features plenty of windows to allow in natural light and views of the garden outside. Modern lights hang from the warm wood ceiling beams, creating a soft ambiance for dining.
A contemporary globe pendant with a cutout surface gets added interest from the splash of bright, Caribbean blue on its reverse side. Paired with blue chevron window treatments, the accents pop against the mostly neutral, gray-and-white surroundings. A white lacquer table and flashy metallic chairs complete the contemporary kitchen and breakfast nook.
A bright white base allows pops of color to bring this space to life. Multicolored fish swim the walls of this aquatic-themed girls' bedroom. A lime-green area rug and turquoise-blue dresser add bold color to the white wainscoting. Pulled from color in the fish-print wallpaper, an aqua border around the white Roman shades allows the window treatment to stand out from the colorful patterned walls.
Dramatic designs fill this bold contemporary master suite, from the modern chandelier to the dark patterned area rug. The bed mixes dark and light textures with a velvet upholstered headboard, and is flanked by two matching nightstands in gray tones. The white ceilings keep the space feeling large paired with light gray window treatments.
White coffered ceilings in this formal dining room enhance the traditional feeling of the space. Using a neutral pattern on the chairs in the same tone as the wall color adds variety without making the space feel busy. A large chandelier and decorative window treatments bring a sense of elegance to the calm, neutral space.
The walls of this coastal breakfast nook are painted a fresh white, Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee, highlighting the gray of the charming banquette bench. A natural oak stained table and dining chairs are paired with a white airy drum light for a modern touch. Designer Becki Owens ties the look together with the pink block print fabric of the window treatments and pink and neutral throw pillows.
This family-friendly breakfast nook is designed to feel warm and relaxing. The high-gloss white finishes on the floors, furnishings and even the window treatments help reflect the natural light. The space-saving round table creates a more casual environment, and oversized photos make a statement that family is at the heart of this home.
In the master bathroom of HGTV Dream Home 2014, a white acrylic tub overlooks the pine forest just outside, while a separate shower is lined in porcelain tile designed to look like weathered barn wood. A Roman shade, constructed of the same fabric used for pillows and window treatments in the master bedroom, can be drawn should privacy be required.
Styles mix beautifully in this game room featuring a large pool table. A black ceiling complements the white crackled paint finish on the recessed paneling, and a large piece of modern art ties the two together. Brown, horizontal-striped window treatments bring a warmth to the room and complement the block wooden stool. A large pendant light over the pool table makes sure no shot is missed!
Pops of coral stand out in this living room’s black and white color palette. Designer Mariah O’Brien loves to begin with a white base, adding bold hues in the form of accent walls and accessories for a striking palette. Mariah’s secret? “The whites I like to use showcase the colors, upholstery, fabrics and art in the room without competing with the wall color. If and when our clients need a little change, it is much easier to change out the window treatments, pillows and accessories than to have to repaint an entire room,” says O’Brien.
Just off the kitchen and dining area, the new sitting room has modern slate floors and simple, gray linen window treatments. The home's original wainscoting was removed, modernizing the space, and the walls were painted a warm beige. To add contrast to the room, Joanna brought in bright yellow pillows and shiny, metallic lamps and tables, while a white picket gate with the work "family" attached to it hangs above the cozy, white sofa, softening the space.
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This elegant traditional bedroom has a number of beautiful touches, from the coffered ceiling to the Federal-style rug. The walls and fireplace surround are painted in a creamy white as a backdrop to the furnishings. The floral-patterened window treatment and bed canopy add a fun visual element to the space and a tufted chair in front of the fireplace creates a sitting area under a large wrought iron chandelier.
This blue and green cottage boys room features a hand hewn-wood ceiling and vintage gaslight style lamp for a rustic feel. A botanical pattern window treatment adds a contemporary, light touch to the space while the green and white patterned chair brings a grown up warmth and provides a nice contrast to the playful wall prints and vintage toy accessories. Traditional floor and table lamps complement the mix of traditional and cottage style furniture.
For the renovation, the clients' desire was to strike a balance between mountain-rustic and modern, so they kept the exposed beams, wood ceiling and walls to bring the rustic look into the design. They modernized the space by adding sleek, white cabinets and black countertops. Then, they added cool pendant lights, a bold wall color, a matching backsplash and unique window treatments. The open shelves give the couple storage space while displaying the couple's dishes.
This bedroom brings the outdoors inside. A chandelier over the bed is made from painted antlers, and the furniture is rough-hewn. Tan, white, and green plaids in the bed linens and window treatment lend to the rustic feel of the space. A rustic wood chair and coffee table offer the perfect sitting area for relaxing and enjoying a good book. Houseplants lend to the natural element while a green glass bedside lamp helps illuminate the space and tie in the color scheme. A natural jute throw rug anchors the entire area.
The client wanted a room that reflected their boy's name, "Jonah" without being literal. This nursery is a perfect example of how a room can rock a theme and stay sophisticated, timeless and relevant. This big boy's space will not time out through the use of bold color, dramatic pattern and mature furnishings.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. How to Balance a Bold Pattern: Make sure your colors have a weight to it that can hold up to the bold pattern. Designer Karen Wolf used bright mid tones to balance the whales and also showcase them.
2. Why Red?: The black pattern called for a "power pop". The playful and strong red color was able to shine on its own in just right amounts in the room.
3. Sweet and Strong: A great mix for a room to grow. The sweet patterned window treatments are offset by the strong wallpaper.
4. Pattern Mixes: The dense wallpaper was mixed with a small window treatment print and open graphic with white field on the floor.