Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Decorating Black Rooms With Brightly Colored Accents



While white walls and bright accents have been on the list of recent trends, a recent poll reported that 74 percent of homeowners enjoy black rooms. That means black walls are in. Just like fashion's Little Black Dress, a room with black walls is undeniably chic in 2014. This post is dedicated to black walls with brightly colored accents.

Black walls read as neutrals and look great paired with whites, yellows, reds, bright blues, corals, and the list goes on and on. Dark walls give colors an extra oomph and will put your brightly colored art, accessories, and furniture in the spotlight.



Even though it is trendy now, bright colors set against black walls has always been a trusted weapon in a designers arsenal. Designer Albert Hadley used it in this 1962 Park Avenue Duplex

In 2014 we'll be seeing rooms with a lot more drama and glamour. Dark, moody walls in black will be the perfect backdrop for colorful accents and are now being used to make a statement.

This small black bathroom doesn't feel so confined when you factor in the bright colors of the wallpaper.


The brightly colored chandelier and sofa are the color stars in this black room and are supported by a cast of colorful collectibles.
Bright colors are beautiful on black walls as seen in this picture. The art may not be your style but just look at how beautifully these bright colors stand out against the black.


Books can provide color to a black wall. You will see this in a number of the images below.


I love the way they have introduced bright colors to this black interior in the colorful paisley print on the sofas. They accessorized with the same colors to tie it all together.

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Living with bold colors like red, bright blues, or citrusy yellows can be difficult. They are intense, saturated colors and their effect can be overwhelming. Black walls can temper your bright, bold colors. 


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Chinoiserie involves bright color on black and can be a great style to incorporate into your black interior


Hand painted, brightly colored design on black, chinoiserie mural at Avebury Manor by artist Mark Sands


There are many lovely wallpaper selections that feature bright colors against black backgrounds. These can really bring your decorating project to life!!


Here Mario Buatta has used color against black lacquer for a bright yet cozy sitting area.


Don't be afraid of black walls if you have a traditional style home. Color will look wonderful against them.

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Bright colors really stand out against black walls.

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Lots of color and beautiful black boiserie in this classic French apartment.


These pretty colors are enhanced by the bedroom's black walls.


Brightly colored artwork is a great way to liven up dark walls.

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This designer is known for her use of bright colors.....here against black walls.

Sometimes just a black or dark grey wall with pops of bright color is all you need.


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Whether all over intensity......


or a bit  here and there, color comes alive against black walls.

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Brights against black  can work well with any style from modern.......

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.......to retro.


 Eclectic as well as Boho interiors can benefit from black walls and brightly colored accessories.


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Brightly colored books look wonderful in shelves that are painted black.


It's fun to decorate against black. Be creative, don't be afraid to use color, and by all means have fun with this style.

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These bright colors pop against dark grey/black walls.


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Decorating White Interiors With Bright Colored Accents......Trendy For 2019


Brightly colored accents in white interiors is one of the top decorating trends for 2019. This white room is not classic but is alive with color. A white interior is completely versatile and it's decor can be very refreshing and relaxing but, at the same time, can also become monotonous. That’s why it’s good to have some color as well. You can either create a modern sophisticated feeling or make a energetic, colorful, artistic impact. Your white walls can be your canvas for wonderful pops of bright color and texture. Think "art museum" with you as the painter. New York’s museums and galleries, from The Met to The Whitney, and The Museum of Modern Art still remain, for the most part, stark white so the wonderful bright colors and artwork can be spotlighted. 

As much as I love white, we all need a little color in our lives. This is why I love the idea of white interiors adorned with accents of a bright color or "islands of eccentricity" to quote Cat Weaver from Gallery Intell. Usually, the pop of color that is introduced in a white room becomes the focal point of that area. So think carefully before you get to work.


One of my favorite interiors is a classic white room with bright colored accents. It is a great way to mix modern with antique.

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My home is old world and I am an antique collector. However a home with white walls and bright accents, artwork, and antiques would be my second choice.



Gorgeous space by Jeffrey Bilhuber with white walls and bright accents. I like to call these rooms "crayon box whites".

Don’t think white walls have to be boring, they give you the opportunity to add bright color in different ways with colorful and busy rugs, patterns, pillows, accessories, furniture, etc. If you want to liven up a neutral room ASAP, one of the ways is to add brightly colored artwork.


If you have a room that is predominately white, one of the neatest and most unique ways to decorate is through a pop of color. That’s because this decorating idea will draw the eye, create impact, and add something attractive to the space. 


Black is such a good accent when using pops of bright color in an all white room.


Adding bright color through accents is a really fun way to liven and brighten a very neutral color palette........



especially since there are so many brightly colored accent pieces out there to choose from.

You can start with hanging colorful art on your white walls. Then bring the colors off the walls and onto your furnishings and floors.

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Even vintage interiors with white walls are becoming more colorful through pretty accents and art.


Paint some mismatched colored chairs and add lots of interesting brightly colored pillows to your all white room. These accents will certainly breath life into the room.


On the white flooring you can throw down some bright color rugs and again add some well place pillows. This will create an airy, spacious and cheerful space.


Bright color patterns add surprise and a twist to white interiors because it is so unexpected.

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If you want to do something dramatic and beautiful in a white room,  make sure you always incorporate colorful artwork. I love the art gallery style of this room.


Rooms can look fresh and modern with just the right amount of colorful accents. A few smart pops of color make all the difference in a neutral room.

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Remember it doesn't have to be just one pop. A variety of bright, primary colors can really liven up a room. See how pretty a white or cream classically designed room can look with color. The French style room doesn't have to be tone on tone !


I can't stress enough that art is one of the best ways to make the space pop with color whether it is the only splash in the room or it works with other pieces of decor.

Your brights can be solid.....


.....or patterned like this sofa.


White kitchens with bright accents are becoming trendy. It's a fun place to try out some color. Yours can be modern.....


or vintage. White walls with color is a great look for any style kitchen.



I love the open shelves with the variety of colored glassware.


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Accessories like books and other collectibles can provide all the color a white room needs.

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Pink and yellow your favorite colors this year? Next year it might be orchid and orange. The beauty of bringing color into your white interiors through pillows is that you can just swap them out for other colors anytime you want.


Current and brightly colored mix of antiques and modern furniture give this white space a stylish and lighthearted feel.

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The geometric patterns and bright pops of color in this white space are so energetic and attractive.

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This is definitely a style to have fun with.


Fun splashes of color that work so well on the white backdrop, are softened by the beautiful wooden bench.

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If you like the look of white walls and bright accents you are right on trend for 2019. Throw in some French antiques and you will have a very a sophisticated look. Have fun !!




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