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.
Midnight, Don't be afraid to dress your room in a deep, midnight black. It can be quite luxurious and inviting when styled right. There's absolutely nothing wrong with white, pastel or neutral walls, but if you're playing it safe just because you fear dark paint will turn your bedroom into a cave, take heart. No matter how dark you go, you can still have a bedroom that's airy, glamorous, contemporary… whatever style you like best. The secret is balancing strong color against the rest of the room's décor. One thing you'll notice in just about every bedroom with dark walls, like the gorgeous gray-walled room featured here, is a white ceiling. This prevents a closed-in, cave-like vibe, and helps maintain an airy feeling throughout the room. Ditto for light flooring, whether carpet or wood.
I am so happy that dressing our windows is back in style. Blinds and shutters serve their purposes, but a room does not look complete without beautiful windows dressing. The padded valances and ruffled swags are gone, but flowing draperies in sumptuous color and texture are here. Restoration Hardware's Belgian Textured Linen Drapes have a deliciously weighty presence due to their texture, and can anchor even the most insignificant windows to transform them into a grand statement. Using a natural fabric with a bold or deep color is a brilliant way to keep your space from feeling too formal. How can you use a deep charcoal paint? Try it as an accent wall, use it on a bookcase or cabinet, or for a dramatic powder room. Dark colors like charcoal gray can be surprisingly versatile if you manage your lighting in the room effectively.
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