Name: Rene Location: Chicago, IL Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: Originally this bedroom had white walls, ceiling and trim, and minimal design. An unexpected breakup was the chance to completely transform the room from what it had been. I used Francesca Black for the wall color, as it creates a neutral but deeply rich backdrop to the space. Keeping the ceiling, trim, bedding, and accessories in a neutral white palette allows the space from feeling cave-like. Pops of color were brought in with the use of a red vintage crystal chandelier and minimal artwork with gold frames. The overall use of dark colors is minimal, yet it creates a relaxing and comfortable retreat each night.
Living Etc. recently featured a gallery of really amazing illusions for the home that includes all kinds of different 'Fantasy worlds,' from a quiet forest in a bathroom to an ancient mosaic floor in the home office. Take a look at some of our favorite optical illusions after the jump.... If an outdoor shower is considered a treat in your book, this idea of papering the bathroom in a forest-themed mural may appeal. This could actually work better in a smaller bathroom than a large one: the visual impact of the tree trunks could give the illusion of extra height and depth. Love the idea of having an extensive library in your home? The mere thought of how many books that would take might be a bit daunting. Here's an alternative: wallpaper the room or a wall with this faux library design-you could mix it up with real bookcases to extend the illusion that much more. The idea of juxtaposing something mundane with something fantastically historical and artistic really appeals to us. Why? Well there's that part when Annette Bening is telling off Michael Douglas in the middle of the Oval Office and then she goes out the wrong door, and we actually remember thinking, 'Heh. The door's painted to match the wall seamlessly. Cool.' So yes, this is pretty much the same idea. A friend of ours lives in a studio apartment and has one useless, alternate bathroom door, and we're thinking this could be a great solution to 'Hide' the door.
We're big fans of bold color and pattern, especially in small spaces. Bringing a kick of color or a punch of pattern into the room adds vibrancy-which we often need in the morning! Here are some of our favorite ways to add some impact to your bathroom. The room above, designed by Cynthia Rowley, was featured in Elle Décor in October 2008. Too commitment-phobic to paint, wallpaper or tile? This room in Livingetc shows the impact of a bold, colorful piece of furniture coupled with a large piece of bright artwork. Livingetc also features this room that is punctuated by a bold, colorful wallpaper. This stunning tile work shown in Livingetc shows what a little ingenuity with ceramic, glass or other types of tile can do on the bathroom walls. ReadyMade has a great instructable on creating a faux-bois painted finish to a bathroom wall.
If you've shortlisted your favorite wall colors but are having a hard time narrowing it down to a final choice, why not take inspiration from this beautiful feature wall and use them all? Posted by Flickr member anonymous to you, this feature wall works without looking too busy because the colors all come from the same refreshing-yet-soothing palette of greens and neutrals. You can use painter's tape to create the same effect. Just block off the squares and rectangles using painter's tape, then carefully roll in the desired colors, starting with the lightest-colored blocks and ending with the darkest.
If your idea of a blissful home is one where every wall is covered in bookshelves, then this collection of photos is for you. These 10 living rooms are filled with beautiful furniture and art, but perhaps their most eye-catching feature is their abundant shelving, filled with books upon books upon books. Above: bookshelves surround a fireplace in a space by Alexandra Loew. The beamed ceiling and wall of bookshelves make this living room from Lonny extra cozy. Wall-mounted shelves wrap a living room from House Beautiful, via Arkpad. These homeowners cleverly fitted in bookshelves between the windows of their living room, acheiving a warm, textured feel. Books add color and texture to a space from Rum Hemma. Books make a roomy living room from Casa Vogue extra inviting. A finally, a book-filled Brooklyn loft from Desire to Inspire.
Spring and summer bring such bright light I wanted a happy color to combine with my red walls. GO TO JAE'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
We write about small homes and small rooms throughout the year, but it's our special focus this month so look for tips, solutions and inspiration for happy family living in small spaces. Do you have a Good Question about coping in small homes? Maybe you have some answers - a smart way you've divided or shared space in your home? A product that has made life infinitely easier? Tell us how you're livin' large in small homes - ways to contact us below. Email us at ohdeedoh(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com use our contact form tag a photo on Flickr with 'Ohdeedoh' leave a comment on our Facebook page.
This little corner recess in my rental apartment living room had gone through many changes over the years. That is until I found this gel fuel fireplace that was within my budget. Once it was delivered and put in its place, I realized it looked very small and toy like. After a couple of years of what I call my 'Eclectic Country French' phase, I decided I wanted a more light and bright living room. I wasn't sure how I wanted to achieve the look I wanted, so I poured over living rooms online and in magazines. The living rooms that spoke to me the most all had one thing in common, a white fireplace. I loved the grain on my fireplace and I knew once I committed there was no turning back, so it took me awhile to make up my mind. A couple of gallons of paint and some 'New to me' chairs along with a new area rug changed my once dreary living room into a bright cheery home.
Q: I'm so excited to be moving into my first apartment soon! Although some of the appliances are outdated and the counter space is limited, I think I can work with the kitchen. I'm stuck on what to do with the dark cabinets, though. My landlord has agreed to let me paint the walls, and I'm thinking that that might be the quickest and most cost-effective solution for improving the space. What are your suggestions for paint colors? Any other ideas for how to brighten and update the kitchen are greatly appreciated! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.