Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Black or White?

Have you noticed black and white trends lately? They are definitely in, and how couldn't they? They are absolutely gorgeous. Each of them offer a chance for us to achieve a touch of elegance in a room, and yet, both represent a big design challenge.

Lauren's master bedroom is a perfect "white over white" room. It looks open, clean, totally dreamy. The little touches of wood and green are beautiful sparks of color in the space. 

I fell in love with this black room the minute I say it. I love the contrast of the black and white pictures in the frames with the black wall. I find it totally amazing and elegant, while still remaining casual. The outcome? A modern, sophisticated, and daring room. The combination of red, grey, and whites over the dark room fits just fine.

If you're up for the challenge, there are some important things to consider:

If you're going for white:

Consider it's a very dirty color, especially if there are any kids around. You should consider using washer-friendly fabrics.
Choose some contrasting accesories to break with the white monotony (such as the pillows in the first image, or the flowers in this room).

If you're going for black:

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Rooms appear smaller with dark colors, so pick visually light furniture.

Use elements to add light in the room (such as the black and white photos, or white sheets).

Be careful if you're using other colors in the room. Try to use only a few (three max), so that the room looks uniform.

With all this in mind, which do you prefer?
Or white?

Do you dare?
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