Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How To Create A Trendy Dark Green Kitchen

Green, that wonderful color that we often associate with freshness and the outdoors is now one of 2019's top color trends for the kitchen. Shades from mint to a dark, black based green are popping up in all the decorating sites. In this blog post I chose to shine the spotlight on the dark moody shades of green that are truly the latest trend to consider when designing your kitchen.

Since there are so many lovely dark green paint colors out there to choose from, it should be easy to find one that supports your taste and idea of how you want your kitchen to look. Also with many different ways to incorporate dark green into your kitchen it is not hard to create the style you are after. Hopefully this post will be of some assistance in helping you "GO GREEN".

Instead of rich jewel tones like emerald green, the first dark green kitchen pictures reflect deep muted greens that have a black base. These are what is referred to as "moody" greens. First up is my favorite dark green kitchen. Paired with moody blue cabinets, this dark space still comes across as warm and inviting. If you are after a look like this make sure you add in some wood, like this great farm table and bench, and use creamy white accents like they have in the backsplash and farmhouse sink.

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Another kitchen that proves you can use dark moody green walls and even black cabinets and still have a warm, cozy kitchen. The copper and honey colored wooden island really warms things up.

Dark green walls make a dramatic background that will really show off copper and antique creamware.

It is popular today to saturate your kitchen with dark green. This will, of course, work better if you have a larger kitchen. The light ceiling and counter helps to keep the dark green from totally dominating the space.

If you are going for the green saturated kitchen, choosing to accessorize with white or cream is a good idea. Your items will definitely "pop". I love the painted brick walls.

More dark green saturation in this kitchen. And there is the copper and painted brick walls again. This is a great kitchen......and those beams!!!!!

Dark green subway tile is another alternative to paint and will add texture and shine. There is a decorating rule about keeping the dark color on the bottom cabinets of your kitchen with light walls above. You can see how nice it looks when you throw out that rule and do just the opposite. Love the galvanized lockers. A zinc finish looks great with dark green.

The addition of dark green to your kitchen instantly makes it the main color. You want to be sure and add the right supporting cast to this color star.

Here the rule of dark green on the bottom cabinets with a lighter color above is in effect. To create a fun and energetic kitchen space add in a splash of intense color. Here it is through the lighting fixtures but there are lots of other ways. Just don't overdo . Sometime just one punch of color is all you need.

A nice color combination to use with dark green kitchen walls or cabinets is black and silver or zinc. Black looks good because these muted green colors have that black base. Here it shows up in the floor tiles and on the counter tops.

Another good combination, this dark green saturated kitchen has the black counter tops but focuses on the copper and honey tones instead of the silver.

Jaclyn Peters Design

White or cream counter tops will look very crisp against a green wall or cabinets and will help keep the room light.

And white tiled walls will help soften dark green which definitely has the potential to overwhelm a space.

In this kitchen the walls and cabinets are both painted a moody dark green. Lots of pale natural wood keeps things warmed up as does the artwork and touches of brass. Loving the brass galley shelf!!

Try a dark olive green for your kitchen cabinets and for contrast add a light island in the center to help break up the green.

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Dark sage green has a real earthy feel especially when paired with natural wood tones like here in the counter tops and stools.

Deep apple green is another dark green choice that really works well in the kitchen. Looks good in farmhouse interiors.

This kitchen's cabinets and that great floor to ceiling cupboard are painted a lovely shade of dark apple green. 
 A farmhouse sink is a great addition and really brings the cozy to this inviting kitchen.

This kitchen is grounded by the jewel toned emerald paint on the lower cabinets. Meanwhile a crisp airiness is provided by the shine of the white tile backsplash and the upper cabinets.The space comes across as light even though the homeowner has chosen to use sleek black counter tops and flooring.

Again, emerald green is used to saturate this kitchen from top to bottom. However, they have added in enough off-white to keep things from getting too heavy even with this dark colored floor. The stainless appliances also help by reflecting light.

Choosing to decorate with dark green paint in the kitchen is definitely a bold move. Therefore, it is important that you select a shade that you are rather passionate about so you won't get tired of it too quickly.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Decorating With French Demilune Chests And Tables

After you have viewed the following images I know you will agree with me just can't go wrong by adding an elegantly curved demilune chest or table to you interior. Pronounced "dem-ee-loon", which translates as half moon in French, these lovely tables and chests are designed withe curved sides and a top that is shaped in a half circle. A typical demilune chest has four legs, and the demilune table can have three to four legs depending upon the design. The way they are made allows them to be flush with the wall.

The Demilune table and chest reached a height of popularity in France during the 1700’s. Originally carved from mahogany, satinwood or walnut, these ‘half-moon’ tables and chests were painted or left natural featuring stunning inlaid patterns.

Classic French demilune furniture with clean, smooth lines, is the perfect example of how a piece can be functional, yet graceful and stylish at the same time.

The French definitely do have a way with elegant, refined furniture as you can see by these stunning painted demilune chests. The demilune form is feminine and can really add romance to your interiors. Let's start with demilune chests and then take a look at the tables.

George III Demi-Lune Jardiniere Cabinet, C. 1775 - Attributed to Mayhew & Ince via

You can also count on a demiune table or chest to add instant old-world charm to any room you place it.

Lyons Demesne, country house and estate in Lyons Hill, County Kildare, Ireland

Demilune pieces are especially pretty when placed under a large wall mirror or piece of art.

The size and shape of a demilune chest or table makes it the perfect piece to fit between two windows.

The demilune's half size top has just enough space for a few of your favorite objects.

This demilune chest is the center of an intimate little seating area.

Louis XVI demilune dresser via Parino Antiques

These painted chests and tables usually have the most exquisitely minute and detailed accents.

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The eye-catching side silhouette of the demilune chest shows it's shallow profile and lack of sharp corners. This makes it the perfect choice for a small hallway or entry.

You might want to try a demilune chest in your bedroom. It takes up less space than a traditional dresser and I love that it is designed with no hard corners to bump into. Flank it with a couple of pretty chairs for a soft elegant look.

Two chairs on either side of a demilune adds symmetry.

A lovely demilune chest in your entry will assure you of a great first impression.

Antique Hand-Painted Adams Style Demi Lune Commode Cabinet |

In 1748, the discovery of the ancient city of Pompeii caused a resurgence of the popularity of Greco-Roman antiquities which carried over into the Louis XV period and made the transition to Louis XVI. The resulting style is known as neo-classicism and demilunes as well as other pieced were decorated with landscapes, scenic ruins, and architectural elements as well as more Grecian style figures.

During the reign of Louis XVI console shapes became more bowed and round so it was a perfect fit for demilune furniture. Also a typical feature was the medallion motif.

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Since this style of the demilune chest did not have drawers and compartments it was easier to paint these lovely scenes.

A floral marquetry demilune commode, Louis XVI

When left unpainted the demilune chests and tables were often embellished with veneers of precious woods and inlay.

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Even with their marble tops demilunes seem to carry a light petite elegance.

Cathy Kincaid Interiors

These distinctive pieces bring graceful style and can be used in so may ways in every room of the house.

Yes, even in the kitchen. I love the demilune shaped island!

Since a demilune chest is so valuable at providing style within a limited space, they are a good choice for the bathroom.

Leslie Hayes Interiors via Houzz

The size and shape are a big plus too.

Using demilune chests in the foyer is a good idea. The drawers provide the perfect place for tossing keys and mail.


Add one or two shallow demilune tables about midway down the hall to break up the space a bit. Plus look what pretty flower arrangement stands they make.

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Or a demilune table can add just the right finish to the end of a hallway.

The shape of the demilune table works perfect in smaller spaces where a round table might not. Try using them in the bedroom as a nightstand or as a petite writing desk.

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During the reign of Louis XV the salon became the social gathering place and people became far more concerned with convenience and comfort. This resulted in the demand for smaller armchairs, sofas, and portable tables. The demilune table was light and easily moved about.

Demilune tables were usually made of mahogany or satinwood and were left natural, painted, or gilded. Fine examples would also include beautiful marble tops.

I love how the light and airy demilune tables can be decorated in such a feminine manner.

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Have a look around your house and I am sure you will find a small space just begging for a demilune table. I have one in this little nook by my living room window.

They are so lovely tucked into a space in the foyer. Ornate and gilded demilune tables adorned entry halls in 18th century France. In fact the foyer is the spot where demilunes first earned their name. 

 If you are fortunate enough to have two matching demilune tables you can have the best of both worlds. These can be used separately or pushed together to create a circle.

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An ornately painted and partial gilt George III demilune table via Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.

A demilune table can double as a sideboard, especially in a dining room that is limited to space. Plus it's pretty and different.

Carolina Herrera

A pretty painted demilune table flanked by chairs in this Chinoiserie style foyer. These pieces work well with any style.

Even a more rustic demilune console gives a wall presence. Add in a couple of chairs, if your space allows, for a conversation area.

A simple style painted demilune table that looks amazing in a Gustavian or French Nordic interior.

The design of the demilune chest and table is timeless and is an ongoing decorating element that continues to enhance interiors even today.

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