Posts Tagged ‘white walls’

Big Bold Pattern on the Wall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The wallpaper and patterned wall trend looks like it is here to stay for a while. Big, bold patterns on the walls of bedrooms, dining rooms, powder rooms and even halls certainly bring energy and life to these rooms.  A single wall covered in wall paper or painted in a pattern using a stencil can make a big impact in a room.

Another great idea is using it in the bedroom. Putting a big, bold wallpaper or stencil on the wall behind the bed is a wonderful way to draw focus to the bed. There are wallpaper patterns and stencils that range from florals to simple geometric patterns so there is a wallpaper out there to suit every style.  Pattern size can range from delicate to bold.  A small pattern may look too busy on a large wall; bigger patterns have fewer repetitions.

How to decorate around these boldly patterned walls takes a little bit of finesse.  The easiest way to work with bold pattern is to use solid colors on big objects in the room like headboards, sofas and rugs.  Keeping the pattern on the wall or walls will keep your room from being too busy.  Keep flooring simple and neutral.  You could always pick up a color from the wallpaper in an area rug.  Add different scale patterns to accessories like pillows if you want to bring more pattern into the room. Mixing the scale of patterns in a single palette can create a harmonious look.  Choose big, small and medium patterns to work with the wallpapered or stenciled walls.

Careful Use of Color

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

With its white walls, white flooring and white furniture, why does this room work so well? Let’s take a look at what is happening here.

There are three reasons why this white room works: good architecture, black accents, and a judicious use of color.

To start, white has no forgiveness. Color is a great distracter. You can use it to hide architectural flaws. White, on the other hand, calls attention to any problems. This room is well proportioned with a clearly-defined focal point and inviting architectural details such as the floor to vaulted ceiling windows. Limiting the color lets those elements stand out. With the amazing white carpet and furniture, this room makes a strong and positive design statement.

The second powerful factor is the use of black to accent the room and define the focal point. The fireplace and TV call your attention, and the white helps them stand out. Bringing black into a room adds drama and grounds a space. Without it, the room would feel like it’s about to float away.

Finally, a careful use of color helps a white room look more interesting and feel warmer. Only two colors enter this space. The light green is a fresh tone that can carry the floor-to ceiling curtains. A glass bowl on the coffee table and elements of the throw pillows bring that same green into the room. The second color choice is a light red – strong without being overwhelming. This color appears less than the green, but as a stronger shade it has a similar color impact in the space.

Go for color if you want, but don’t hesitate to limit it as in the design of this room. You can still make a statement.