School has officially started in Northwest Arkansas and I'm on my way to putting up the kids water table and pulling out the Cinnamon Cider by Aromatique.
Inevitably with cooler weather on the horizon I desire richer color and layers. I'm drawn to rooms that pull you to the corner chairs with plaid wool blankets and the promise of a fire in the fireplace if you stay for a late afternoon coffee.
We are in a design season of light, light and more light. "There is nothing a fresh coat of white paint can't fix!" type of mentality and that is great and usually true... beautiful and when executed correctly, just as cozy as a paneled den.
What is feeling fresh to me at the moment is going dark.
Color stands out so well against the darkness.
The back of the shelves are painted the same as the walls and the Wedgwood collection truly pops against the dark.
This butler's pantry... cabinets, trim, walls. I'm a white kitchen lover but this is swaying me.
Windows become more of a focal point surrounded by dark.
Subtle changes in color stand out more.
The dark walls illuminate the surroundings so beautifully.
There are several ways you can go about it. Commit to just the walls and leave your trim light. Grass cloth is a gorgeous addition and adds a depth and texture that is hard to achieve with paint. Or, my favorite, is to paint it all dark...trim, walls, cabinetry, bookshelves. You'll see your artwork in a new way, your furniture will show differently. Even your lampshades can be an impact against the dark. Every space needs dark and light. Consider transforming one room in your house by going dark. We are all a little drawn in by the darkness, right?
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