Sunday, February 20, 2011

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?





We often see the beautiful home with the elegant black door or black painted shutters.








It's a no-brainer...right?


A risk taker will go a step further with it...














The trouble starts when you move inside...





People just freeze up at the thought of painting something black that the majority of us paint white.
Just let go.....IT"S ONLY PAINT!....and the payoff for something so easy to do is big...





















It's drama-rama....


















You can take it to another level by putting a little "formal" on the floors.












This is where I really lose people...
...the ceiling...





Their greatest fear is that it will make the room seem small, short, and oppressive.
Actually, the exact opposite is true. Done correctly, it lifts the eye and makes the room, even small ones, appear larger and more open.







And now that all inhibition has been eliminated...





...you can undertake what's left...


Big Risk...












BIG Reward...








18 comments:

  1. You have me a fair bit of the way with these examples - the early, informal library room is a great one - but I come to a thudding halt with the white Eames chair. That said, I welcome the "exercise" of perception.

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  2. love black. great way to frame a picture, wall, or a life. i was looking at a hallway the other day, and the black wood floors made the room. terrific post, K!

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  3. Love all the black inspiration...particularly the black floors. You're right...a little black goes a long way! Such drama!

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  4. THANK YOU for this post, I bought the black paint yesterday and am about to descend upon two doors, this was exactly the injection of renewed confidence that I needed!
    Sharon

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  5. I like all of these rooms but I particularly love the black in the dining rooms.

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  6. You're right - little black goes a long way. The images you've chosen are great! Love the home office and all the floors. Happy new week!

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  7. FABULOUS!! I once read that every room should have a hit of black - so true!! Love many of these gorgeous images but the movie room - WOW - madly madly madly in love!!!

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  8. Black s such a wonderful impact colour to create some drama! Our dining room suite (french provincial in style) has been painted black and the seat coverings are black and white toile. I love it too bits!

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  9. steve at an urban cottage just told me about your blog. i live in a house that is all black and white and have trouble adding the third color. i'm pretty sure i want it to be red. i adore the black ceilings.

    xo
    janet

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  10. ok, well i'm back b/c you said you have followed me for awhile and i didn't even know that. so i'm looking around a bit more and i LOVE your blog. the paul/joanne story? omg. i love them. the hallway post and the black, white and red post. excellent. i'm now your newest follower!

    xo
    janet

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  11. i think you know i love black.
    this was a treat for me.
    xxx

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  12. I can never get enough black either. Except in one place. At L'Hotel in Paris, designed by Jacques Garcia, some of the bathrooms are black. You can't help but wonder what housekeeping neglect lies hiding in those shadows.

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  13. Yes yes yes! As much as I love light and bright airy rooms, I love a dark and moody one...that all black den with the fireplace is one of my favorite looks. And I have long been a fan of painting doors and trim (especially window trim!) a dark color. I'm planning on using a deep charcoal on the window trims in the house we'll be moving to in a few short months...I think it makes a much better frame for a good view!

    Cheers!
    The French Mouse

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  14. Love black, today I posted about black and white composition. I also love to wear black, black pants with black tee shirts are great.
    This post is lovely.
    Hugs
    Tereza

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  15. have a great weekend!! affectionate hug from Brazil!

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  16. I just found you through Grant K. Gibson blog and am going back through your posts. I share your love for black and after posting about black doors, I decided to paint my own French door black on Friday. Your post was far superior than mine, I have to say!

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