Posts Tagged ‘dark’

Remember This When Decorating with Dark Colors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors, Design and Decorating

It does not take a design expert to know that color plays a significant role in your interior. The hue that you select can have a drastic effect on the tone or mood that you are trying to set in a space. It can enhance or ruin the mood. In addition, the wrong color decision can make or break the architectural details of a room, creating an uneven balance.

In this article, we are going to focus on how to use dark colors. Rich colors such as dark brown, navy, charcoal, and black are hues that many people shy away from in their design schemes. To help you feel more comfortable using them, we are going to show you how you can use dark colors appropriately. Let’s take a look!

Picking the Right Room

Can you not decide whether you should splash the dark color in a specific space? When picking the right room, you should consider the size of the room and the mood that you desire to set. Darker colors instantly create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For room such as the living room, bedroom, or foyer, this is the desired effect; therefore, you should use rich hues in these spaces.

That being said, dark colors have the tendency to make a room appear smaller. Avoid using rich hues in rooms that you want to have an open and airy feel (i.e., the bathroom).

Highlighting Architectural Features

Common architectural features such as crown molding, shutter-style windows, and window trim work well with darker tones. You can create contrast with these features by choosing your favorite dark, rich hue and using it as a paint color on the walls around it.

Accent Wall Color

If you are interested in creating an accent wall in a specific room, you can drench the walls in a dark hue. For instance, painting a wall charcoal gray and leaving the opposite walls off-white will make the room feel a bit bigger.

Highlight Other Design Elements

You can also use darker tones to highlight design elements such as the cabinetry in your kitchen. Painting your kitchen walls with a charcoal gray or navy blue will enhance your white cabinetry and marble counters. You can also use a darker wood variation on your floors to complete the look.

As always, for more design inspiration, be sure to visit our blog hub weekly.

Indoor Camping

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Summer

School vacation can mean traveling, visiting relatives or seeing sights. It may include swimming and other sports, time to play and picnics.

Here’s one fun idea that you can plan no matter what kind of weather you’re facing – a night of camping indoors.

Start with a tent that doesn’t need any posts to set up – no risk to your nice flooring. Bring some houseplants into sight and turn off all the lights.

Candles are too risky for children, but today’s LED lights are made to mimic candles of all sizes.

Have your children pack their own knapsacks with snacks and favorite toys. Add a few surprises for each child, including their own flashlights. Spread out sleeping bags if you have them or a pile of pillows, cushions and blankets will work.

Hotdogs and beans make for good camping fare. You may want to head outside to the grill for smores before bundling back to the tent for scary ghost stories before turning in. One of the best lessons you can teach your children is how to make their own fun rather than relying on movies, television and video games.

Have your children make a plan for the next at-home event. They’re not only developing their imaginations and planning skills, they’re making memories that will last a lifetime.

Flooring Favorites: Armstrong Global Exotics

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

The Global Exotics hardwood collection from Armstrong is a gorgeous collection of exotic woods from around the world. Ranging from the soft, subtle grain of the Cumaru to the rosewood like Sapele African Mahogany, these wood have an elegant look. These premium hardwoods have impressive hardness and durability that will add to the value of your home with their quality. The collection includes seven species, so there is one that will surely fit into your new build project or existing home décor.

The seven hardwoods in the collection are: Brazilian Cherry, Tigerwood, Timborana, Santos Mahogany, Amendion, Sapele African Mahogany, Lapacho and Cumaru.

Brazilian Cherry, in natural, has a warm golden red color and subtle grain for a sophisticated feeling.

Tigerwood, in natural, has a sporadic dark grain that gives the feeling of tiger stripes. A bolder wood.

Timborana, in natural, is a light color wood. It is warm, but more creamy than golden.

Santos Mahogany, in natural, is a rich, deep red with fine graining. Feels more traditional.

Amendoim, in natural, is a light, subtle grained wood, similar to Timborana.

Sapele African Mahogany recalls rosewood with its rich, dark red with black grain.

Lapacho, in natural, is a blend of warm browns that very from golden to a more reddish tone.

Cumaru, in natural, is a golden hued wood with a subtle grain. More golden than either Amendoim or Timborana.

So if you are choosing a hardwood floor for your living room, dining room, bedroom or hall, think about selecting one of the seven exotic woods from the Armstrong Global Exotics collection. Visit Century Tile’s website to view and choose your new floor today!

Traditional and Daring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Take a look at how this room makes traditional design choices seem fresh and new.

One major design decision leads the rest of the room – the dark grey-green paint color. It provides drama and a rich tone that complements the dark wood furniture and allows the rest of the room to stay light without looking bland.

The next exciting design impact comes from the carpeting. Traditionally, a room like this might have a wood floor, but this light patterned carpet adds an appealing element that helps keep the room cohesive. The design is quite traditional, but the addition of a rug in the same carpeting with a border in a different pattern adds an interesting twist that makes the room’s look more appealing and thoughtful.

The light upholstery on the loveseat and drapery treatments adds color and keeps the room’s light mode intact. The drapery valance seems a bit overblown for the room, plus it cuts into the crown molding, but this is the only out of tune note in an otherwise well-designed room.

Most people think traditional means that you can’t experiment, but this room shows that you can stay with a classic look while still letting your imagination run a little wild. Is your home traditional in style? Have you stepped it up by taking some design chances? If not, what are you waiting for? Go for it and let your unique flair shine!