Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms | Jonathan Adler | design-vox.com

Awesome art collection. Awesome chairs. Just awesome. This is a great example of colorful accessories keeping white walls far from boring.

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms | stylebyemilyhenderson.com | design-vox.com

I’m not sure which aspect of this space I like best: the perfectly pink drapery or the incredible gold chairs.

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms | dirkjankinetinteriors.tumblr.com | design-vox.com

I am madly in love with the wall paint in this room. You know I love deep moody grays and I would be just as happy if the dark color extended all the way to the ceiling, but this two-tone look creates easy visual interest. It’s a modern paint treatment that ties in with the modern dining table and chairs while the rest of room feels deliciously antique and time-worm. The only thing I would change is that particular shade of fuchsia upholstery is not doing it for me. Maybe coral or gold or burnt orange. What do you think?

one | Jonathan Adler via Abigail Ahern
two | Emily Henderson
threeDirk Jan Kinet via desire to inspire

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms | jerseyicecreamco.com | design-vox.com

I feel particularly grateful for Friday’s arrival this week and these gorgeous, dark bathrooms look like the perfect place for some weekend relaxation. The above room is near perfection to me. I’ve been very drawn to rustic elements lately. Repurposing an old piece of furniture as a vanity works so perfectly here. The use of vintage hardware and lighting gives the room an authenticity and warmth that can not be matched when everything is new. Any room that can pull off two completely different colors of wood flooring is a winner in my book.

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms | fayetoogood.com | design-vox.com

Hello blue tile! Not only is the color and fish scale shape of this tile gorgeous, the fact that it is floor to ceiling absolutely makes the room. Floor to ceiling tile is pretty much always a good idea in my book, as long as you really love the tile and it isn’t too busy.

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms | melanieacevedo.com | design-vox.com

I’m about ready for a weekend nap now, how about you?

one | Jersey Ice Cream Co via Design*Sponge
two | Faye Toogood via 79 Ideas
three | Melanie Acevedo via Camille Styles

Black Kitchen Cupboards

Black Kitchen Cupboards | blairharris.com | design-vox.com

This is now the third time I have posted about using black in kitchen design. It hadn’t occurred to me before but it seems pretty clear that I should try to work black into my next kitchen. One of the random little things I remember from the interior design classes I took is the idea that every room should have at least a little bit of black. I’m not sure if this is something most interior designers live by but my instructor seemed pretty confident about it and I think she was spot on. I find black to be grounding, dramatic, modern, and somehow calming.  My eye likes to rest on black. It’s a fantastic neutral that works beautifully with of course white and virtually any other color as well. Yes even brown wood tones.

Black Kitchen Cupboards | blakeslondon.com | design-vox.com

A lot of people are a little afraid of black. It wouldn’t be classified as a “safe” color and it’s not commonly used where I’m from, certainly not in large doses like on cabinetry. To avoid making your room feel too dark you can balance it out with plenty of lighter surfaces as they’ve done in the above kitchen. Good natural light (and artificial as well) also keeps black from feeling overly heavy.

Black Kitchen Cupboards | clairedelmar.com.au | design-vox.com

Honestly I kind of like the heaviness of black. As long as the rest of the room is well decorated, moody dark walls or cabinets can create a cozy feeling. If you’re not convinced check out Kim of desire to inspire’s near-black living room. So lovely!

one | Blair Harris via desire to inspire
two | Blakes London via blood and champagne
three | Claire Delmar via french by design

Cozy Bedrooms

Cozy Bedrooms | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

These images are mocking me today because the only place I feel like being is in bed. I was bit by a cat (not my own) two days ago, which might not sound like a big deal but deep cat bites can get infected very easily. According to the doctor I saw 85% of them do. Fortunately so far I am not seeing signs of a serious infection, and I’m taking antibiotics to keep it that way. The worst part has been the pain in my arm from a tetanus shot. I feel rather pitiful.

Cozy Bedrooms | Petra Bindel and Emma Persson Lagerberg | design-vox.com

I am enamored with “messy” beds. Certainly someone did take the time to style these photos but it’s not too hard to pull off the half-fixed bed look especially if you have bedding that works well for it. I registered for some nice black linen bedding and I’m so hoping we receive it. That would be a major upgrade from the cover-less white duvet and scratchy pink blanket we’re currently using.

Cozy Bedrooms | holidayhousehamptons.com | design-vox.com

This bedroom is a little too pristine looking for me but all is forgiven when black walls, fuzzy throws, and hints of brass are involved. Phenomenal use of varying textures here.

one | The Design Files
two | Petra Bindel and Emma Persson Lagerberg via blood and champagne
three | Holiday House Hamptoms via dustjacket attic

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