Charcoal off-grays have very subtle differences in the RGB values but remain true neutrals, making them the perfect complement for most colors, especially bright whites, warm citrus hues and pinks. Because it appears so often in nature — think stones, storm clouds and the North Atlantic — it also works well in with natural materials like wood, marble and greenery. Cool charcoal pairs well with bright white trim and works with most wood floors. In a house like this, with period details and nice bones, it highlights the architecture while modernizing the room. Warm charcoal above the bright white wainscoting adds a lot of drama to this dining room but doesn't get too flashy about it. "A common mistake people use in selecting gray is using a 'cold' gray for a wall color. Grays with brown undertones can really warm up a room.
The way sheets are woven have a direct impact on how they feel. Lemieux's fave, percale, is lightweight and tightly woven, which results in crisp, cool, bedding, while microfiber's super-tight, dense weave makes it wrinkle-resistant, extra-soft, and resistant to water. Some other weaves to consider: ultra-soft and lustrous sateen, and flannel, with a nappy texture perfect for cooler climates. Like any other element in the bedroom, sheets play a part in the overall design. "I always advise a small, medium, and large scale mix of patterns in the same color family," Lemieux says. "It's an easy way to start experimenting with prints." How many sheet sets you need is totally up to you and how often you like to change things up. But remember, sheets that may seem summery can work all year. Just add a coverlet, blanket, and throw to make your bed cozier for the fall and winter months.
The modern or minimalist space practically begs for bright color, even with cherry wood as the key feature. Hint at country-meets-city with Kelly green walls. Striking yellow strums a sunny, fresh-air note. If your home is Asian or Mediterranean inspired, take an adventurous color journey with bold orange walls highlighting red focal walls as the backdrop for culturally correlating artwork, tile and textiles. Before committing to any paint, sample it on opposite walls for color trueness, and to see how it visually cooperates with the cherry wood. Cherry red and green are natural partners. Cool cherry beds have a pink beige undertone that creates complementary contrast with carpet in warm greens, like olive or spring green. Soft contrast ensues by pairing a bed in warm cherry with olive carpet, while carpet in cool mint green contrasts with cherry beds of either tone. But a cherry bed with carpet in robin's egg blue has a fresh look. Medium purples are too close in color, but when paired with lighter shades, such as lavender, a cherry bed contributes to a harmony of red bedroom hues.
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