So bold and chic. Quite a bit more pattern and attitude than most people I know can handle. The wallpaper doesn’t feel so busy because of its neutral colors and fairly low contrast. It’s almost more of a texture than a pattern. When mixing patterns it’s good to keep in mind the scale of each pattern. Meaning some patterns are small scale, with small repeating shapes, and others are large scale more like the rug in this room. Patterns work best together if their scale is not too similar. So a smaller scale next to a larger scale will work best. Also: BRASS HEADBOARD yummy.
This is how you do bright colors, folks. Not on the walls. I mean sure, sometimes bright colors work on the walls but it takes a lot of skill and forethought to pull it off. I prefer neutral walls with colorful decor.
Brass brass brass on white white white. Love it.
one | Erin Williamson
two | Rickie Dee via The Design Chaser
three | Katarina Grundströmer via desire to inspire
I love how this shot captures the cocooning shadows of this beautiful bedroom. If you want to experiment with dark finishes, the bedroom is an excellent place to start. It’s a room that is supposed to be literally dark the majority of the time anyway, right?
Mmm, marble and linen in the same shot. Love it. I’m always a sucker for lightly textured walls like this. It makes this room feel much more soft and luxurious than a simple solid wall color would have.
I love this a lot. The wall (and ceiling) paneling is a bold move that works wonders in creating visual interest on an otherwise fairly bare surface. I love the use of mismatched nightstands. My favorite part is the lights. Hanging bedside light is pretty much genius not only for aesthetics but for freeing up space on your nightstand.
one | Nate Berkus for Rue Mag via Abigail Ahern
two | Lisa Cohen for Vogue Living
three | Susan Hable Smith for Elle Decor
It’s been a busy week for me! I trained someone new at work and now I have today off to catch up on things around the house before I leave tomorrow for a family reunion in Wisconsin. I couldn’t go a whole week without posting some pretty interior shots for you, and I was delighted to find these beautiful, calming images of bedrooms.
Mmm I love me a rough wall. It may not be the most practical texture for a wall. I imagine you’d be hesitant to ever try painting this room if you tired of the white. But the white is beautiful! I’m really swooning over everything in this shot. That amazing floor lamp, the rough bedding, the circle window. Who doesn’t love a circle window?
More beautiful rough walls and a stunning window. I’ve really become taken by bedding with that rough, deliberately wrinkled look. Linen would be a good fabric to look for if you like the look too. Apparently linen can actually be incredibly soft despite its appearance, so you’re not sacrificing any comfort. No more ironing ever! And if you follow this bed’s lead you hardly even have to make the bed! Sign me up.
one | Magnus Marding via desire to inspire
two | Lingered Upon via Feel Inspired
three | via Blood and Champagne
Today I have for you three completely different bedrooms, each of which I love for different reasons and each of which uses color very well. This first bedroom’s approach is “more is more”. It uses a lovely dark gray backdrop and layers in every color of the rainbow. Normally I like more restrained color palettes. In this case it works because the “rainbow” is restricted to smaller accent pieces. The bright colors are also tempered with the sobering gray and the beautifully moody fabric art.
You’ve possibly heard the term “monochromatic” before. Monochromatic doesn’t simply mean one color, it means different shades and tones of one color. Monochromatic color schemes get kind of a bad rap. The term is often used in a negative way, and if you go monochrome with beige, then yeah it can be pretty bad. But please believe me, monochrome can be absolutely stunning, as this room so wonderfully demonstrates. Monochromatic schemes are very restful to the eye. They provide a sense of harmony. In the case of this feminine pink room, monochrome is anything but boring; it’s friggin lovely.
Color does not have to be everywhere and it certainly doesn’t have to be on the walls for a room to feel colorful and dynamic. Keep this in mind when furnishing your home. It is so much easier to start with a neutral wall and neutral furniture and add it color with smaller pieces like pillows, blankets, flowers, and art. Of course the occasional colorful statement piece like this room’s armchair can be very fun too. 🙂
one | The Woodsfolk, photo by Brooke Holm for The Design Files
two | Angie Hranowski for Lonny via Savvy Home
three | photo by Ross Honeysett via desire to inspire
Beautiful black walls paired with light bedding and colorful details. A recipe for success if there ever was one.
This is more traditional than I usually like, but darn it, it’s just so well done. Blue and yellow are a classic pairing. With the right shades it can be very sophisticated and cheerful at the same time.
one | Jessica McKay, photo by Dana Damewood for Design*Sponge
two | Emily Henderson, photo by David Tsay
three | Caecilia and James Potter, photo by Sean Fennessy for The Design Files
I apologize for the radio silence the last couple days. Wednesday was just hella busy and then yesterday I got some bad news that rendered me listless. Remember the cute kitty named P. Kiddy that I adopted a few months ago? He has been diagnosed with diabetes. He also has the Feline Leukemia Virus (which we’ve known from day one) and a nasty sinus infection.
I’ve barely begun to process the implications of this. It’s daunting, but I am enormously blessed to have the world’s best support community in the form of the wonderful people that volunteer at the cat shelter with me. Several of them have diabetic kitties of their own and have reassured me that giving insulin shots becomes an easy routine very quickly. P. Kiddy brings me so much joy. There’s no question in my mind that his life is worth fighting for. Heck, after everything this cat and I have been through together I’m definitely not about to throw my hands up now.
If you have any questions about Feline Leukemia Virus or the shelter I volunteer at, please don’t hesitate to comment below or contact me.
Gray is probably the trendiest neutral right now. And with good reason. Gray is a very malleable color. It can be dark, light, warm, or cool. It can have blue undertones or yellow undertones, etc. It can lean towards taupe or be practically white. Gray gives us so many options and blends beautifully with accent colors. Do you have any gray walls in your home?
Love this use of textural linen fabrics in taupey-grays and whites. Beautiful headboard too. Sometimes the most beautiful design really is the simplest.
Okay so this is not so simple, but it’s beautiful too! The wall color is a wonderful nearly-white creamy gray. The gray headboard and gray rug continue the color throughout the room and leave lots of room for colorful accessories. How about that chandelier, eh? I can’t say I would pick it for my own home but I do think it’s kind of awesome.
one | Cox & Cox via 79 ideas
two | Alice Flynn, photo by Chris Warnes, via Design*Sponge
three | photo by Trevor Tondro via desire to inspire