By Edda Braune. Interior. Friday, October 06th 2017, 04:19:12 AM.
Start small. Want to try black but still feeling unsure? Take your cue from this stylish abode and focus your dark aspirations on a small in‐between space such as a landing. The bold contrast will look stunning and the black won't be overwhelming due to the bright rooms on either side.
Black Sashes. Sashes in interior design refer to the parts of the window holding each pane of glass in place – the frames within the frame. Painting your sashes black is a classic way to create instant drama in a window without adding anything else. It's common in countryside estates but looks perfectly contemporary in a more modern home that isn't the size of an estate.
Look up. Forget flat ceilings. Here the texture creates interest and opens up the room. You can create a ceiling with character using painted textured wallpaper or plaster molding or by exposing wooden beams.
Let black define a space. Black can create a strong impression in a supporting role. There's plenty of it in this room yet the feel is very light and bright. Go for a crisp white shell then choose black for woodwork furniture and accessories to tap into its dramatic character while keeping the space airy.
Mirrors. Here's a look I recently enjoyed while visiting the Shangri‐La Hotel in Vancouver: mirrors layered over bathroom windows. It creates a resort feel but is practical and can be re‐created at home. Hanging a mirror in the window (either on a picture wire or by fixed metal supports) fills in the window enough to create a sense of privacy while still allowing light to filter in. For more privacy simply cover the exposed glass with translucent film.
Elegant Moldings. When a client's home has historic character I never want to cover it up. Shades mounted inside the window frame paired with eye‐catching trim allow light control without feeling fussy. If you don't have historic molding a window is a great place to add some. It's a smaller task than lining a whole ceiling and you can do it in just one room.
Watch out for splinters and nails. You'll need to make sure the wood is properly sanded so splinters won't be an issue. When using wood collected from a demolition make sure to carefully remove any old nails. The pieces will need to be planed and cut to the desired shapes and sizes also. Unless you have the right tools and machines this prep work should be done by a professional finish carpenter.
For those who prefer light neutral walls but are on the hunt for an alternative to white beige or gray think about going with a pale green or soft yellow as your main neutral. If the hue has a bit of gray or brown it will work as a neutral. Then add a small hit of bold yellow to really spice up the space.