Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An ode to paint.

I know I've written a couple of times before about my love for dark paint colors, but I've been thinking a lot about them recently after helping a friend pick some out for his new house. I promise this will be my last post along these lines for a while!

Joseph and I are at least a couple years out from moving, but I've (shockingly, I know) already started compiling my color ideas for when we are in a more permanent house. They just instantly change a room from the expected to a more dramatic and, let's be honest, cool, space. I don't know when the rumor got started that dark colors make a room look tiny, but as the following pictures show, as long as you keep your accessories bright and your furniture mostly contrasting, you end up with a gorgeous look. Plus, whereas you should usually paint your ceiling the same color as your walls, with a dark color leaving the ceiling white will counteract any possible claustrophobia. Again, though, there are wonderful exceptions to that rule!

Onto the ogling portion of the post.

This grey isn't very dark, but combined with the sloped ceiling and darker hardwoods, it approximates an overall "darker" feel. Notice how beautifully the gold chandelier (that's the same one in my dining room!) and white/grey rug contrast.

Brian Alan Kirkland Designs

This next guy is one of my absolute favorites. I'm obsessed with this color, and love the matching etageres, as well as the just-funky-enough animal print rug. The dainty chandelier is surprisingly perfect, too.

Erin Williamson

Staying on the teal + animal theme, you can't help but be wow'd by this library:

Hillary Thomas Designs

A large gilt edged mirror will do wonders for any space, especially a tiny powder room that could use some added dimension:

JL Interior Design, LLC

This bedroom speaks for itself. Small, eclectic, traditional mixed with the unexpected:

Marjorie Skouras

Mmmmmm: navy.

Philpotts Interiors

This moss pushes all my happy buttons. Notice that in almost all of the other rooms they left the ceilings white, but with this slightly lighter shade they went ahead and did the whole thing. Definitely a wise choice, especially given the leeway you have with super tall ceilings.

Plural Design, Inc.

And lastly, a beautiful chocolate bedroom. *swoon*

Tom Stringer Design Partners

And now, back to the nursing school grind! If only I had a deep emerald library to hole up in...