The thought of using the color black in interior design tends to bring up a lot of questions and preconceived ideas. I’ve had people challenge me on the very idea of black being a color! And black is so often thought of as funereal, gothic, drab, and unwelcoming, that many simply discount it as being hard to live with. The thought of using the color black in kitchen design—in the room that is the heart of the home—is enough to make even the most adventurous people question my judgment. I want to dispel some of those preconceptions by taking a look at some very successful uses of black in the kitchen.
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As an unabashed fan of industrial influences in interior design, it’s a natural that I would be drawn to something as functional—and as seemingly out of place—as metal lockers in home décor. From school gyms to blue-collar factories, these utilitarian beauties have done all of us the service of storing our goodies at one time or another. So why not invite them into your home? Let’s look at a few places where they can come in handy.
I always love it when I feel like I’ve just discovered something new. Of course, usually my latest discovery is only new to me and is old hat to many others. But that seldom matters in the long run since I’m still energized by whatever the finding is. Today I’m taking a look at using pattern on the floor—not something that in and of itself is new to me, but I’ve begun to view this as a kind of “secret sauce” of interior design, the extra something that can set a room apart.
Image: Jon Snyder for Dwell It’s the overused, under-praised kitchen appliance. It can be quietly beautiful or stand out like a sore—and very noisy—thumb. It helps you rid the kitchen of unwanted smells. In my house, it often is what keeps our dog sane, since without it, the smoke detectors might be going off with Continue Reading »
Have you ever had the experience of suddenly becoming aware of—and suddenly seeing a lot of examples of—something new or different, then wondering how you never noticed this “new” thing before? I think most of us have experienced this. It happened to me again recently after seeing an image of a piece of X-leg furniture. Of course, I’ve been aware of the X-leg for years, but that particular design feature had somehow faded into the background and I was not noticing it so much. Then, suddenly, there it was—seemingly everywhere! And I quickly decided that it’s one of my favorite elements, and that we should look at some examples together.
Image: Michele Varian One of my favorite interior design styles is industrial, and wall sconce light fixtures are a décor feature that is always intriguing—so I thought, why not combine the two and show you how to bring industrial wall sconces into any room of the house? Rest assured, you don’t have to use industrial Continue Reading »
The Chesterfield Sofa—or just plain Chesterfield, as some folks will insist—is one of those pieces of furniture that seems to have always been around. And it’s true, since the design was invented in the 1700s. When I see it in popular culture, I am usually transported to a much earlier period; I often have a specific time and place that I associate with the Chesterfield. But, as all good designs tend to do, the Chesterfield has become timeless. I’ve seen this trusty item show up more and more often in current rooms, so I thought I’d take a closer look at this classic piece in modern time.
Caesarstone Feature Project
When I first laid eyes on images from this house, located right here in my hometown of Austin, I was immediately impressed. No, there’s nothing particularly fancy about it—though it has undergone a full renovation—but it is so one of a kind that I instantly wanted to immerse myself in what makes it special.
Red is one of those colors that people always feel strongly about—you either love it or feel like you’d never use it in your interior décor. There’s very little middle ground, and, while I like to think of myself as an individual who can referee just about any conflict to a positive outcome, I don’t think this is an issue that can be easily resolved. However, I can give you some ideas that will allow anyone—no matter your current feelings about the color red—to find a way to incorporate it into your home.
I’ve always been a big fan of incorporating color into interior design. I’ve also always been very opinionated about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to color—at least for my particular décor aesthetic. For example, I have a greater appreciation for deep, rich color than I do for pastels,. Similarly, the trendy kitchen colors of my youth, like harvest gold and avocado green, tend to make my stomach turn. Imagine my surprise when finding so much to like about the plethora of colorful ovens starting to show up in kitchens. By and large, they look good! Are you ready to embrace colorful ovens with me?