By Edda Braune. Interior. Friday, October 06th 2017, 04:21:39 AM.
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.
Create an illusion. Where you choose to use light and dark colors can have a huge influence on a space. In this lofty white room the ceiling and walls down to the picture rail have been painted black helping to visually lower the high ceiling for a much cozier mood. Or try painting the end wall of a long narrow room black to visually bring it forward.
Mix in modern details. This kitchen has big Western cabin bones – a stone fireplace wood cabinets large exposed trusses. But the restrained details add modern flair. The graphic rug is a fresh interpretation of Navajo style; the oversized pendant in glossy black adds a big modern touch.
Soften it with chalk. Chalkboard paint is an easy and quick way to add some dark drama to a room. It actually creates quite a soft aesthetic as the paint is incredibly matte. Give it a go – you can always draw some white pictures on it if it's too much!
Bring depth to a neutral room. If color isn't your thing create interest with texture. In this room a range of items with texture from the natural wood to the touch‐me throw and rug add plenty of interest.
Add shine. Hanging a mirror in a dark painted hallway will add lightness and a sense of space without taking away from the dark aesthetic. This convex design reflects the whole space adding depth.
Warm up a cool palette. Raw natural materials can add a sense of calm and warmth to a pared‐down space. This wood paneling and farmhouse table introduce subtle texture and interest to the white gray and blue color scheme.
A touch of luxury. Leather is synonymous with luxury. Here the touchable headboard doubles as a room divider and is offset with white cast‐concrete light fittings to keep the look contemporary and interesting.