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Black walls for a bedroom

Black walls for a bedroom

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 11 comments

Although I’m a fan of black walls, I always felt that black was for cozy, moody rooms. To take a bright, airy room with lots of windows and paint it black would surely be a waste of all that natural light, right? How wrong could I be? Take a look at this striking bedroom from Ab Chao. And here’s what it looked like before. Incredible, right?...

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A unique house with subtle styling

A unique house with subtle styling

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Between these four walls: house tours, Decorating, Design, Photographers | 2 comments

If I’m going to continue the theme of red-accented spaces, this unique house is the perfect place to stop next. It’s the home of portrait photographer, Emily McCall. Why do I love this house? Because it intrigues me and is truly one-of-a-kind. For a start, you’d think a palette of black, white and red would be brash and in-your-face, but...

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Decorating with black

Decorating with black

Posted by on Nov 1, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 5 comments

I know black walls have been a design trend for at least a year. But it still takes courage and conviction to decorate with black. I still can’t get over the fact I chose two black-framed mirrors for our house – I thought I was being so bold! But I’ve come to realize that there are some lower-commitment ways to decorate with black. If you...

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Black and white wallpaper

Black and white wallpaper

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 1 comment

I’ve started to become a fan of black and white patterns in interiors. There’s nothing quite like the drama and contrast of a black and white scheme to energize a room. In particular, I’ve been eyeing up some of the fabulous wallpapers out there in this popular color combination. There are literally thousands to choose from. It’s...

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How to do dark walls

How to do dark walls

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 4 comments

I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to using dark colors in my home. Let’s face it, splashing navy blue or chocolate brown all over your walls is not for the faint-hearted. There’s always the risk that you’ll deaden the room, making it seem small and gloomy. But, done right, dark walls can look incredible. They can create a cozy...

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