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Part of our design project here is to choose new paint colors for our kitchen/living/dining room combined area. I’ve written quite a bit about my struggles with choosing paint colors in the past, and the thought of choosing color(s) for one large space is causing my head to spin. Part of the problem is that I know we should have an accent/anchor wall. Also, while I want to show the division of say, the dining room and the living space, one continuous color will have to work for both as there is no structural division that would allow for a paint shade change.
I’ve been doing some searching of images for inspiration and have come up with the following:
An accent wall from House Beautiful:
This gold-leaf wall from HGTV is interesting to say the least, but leaves me wondering what choosing a paint color with a bit of a metallic hue to it would do…. maybe a deep bronze? Could be very pretty in the evening with the right lighting. Actually, the more I think about it, the metallic gold leaf is growing on me.
As the author at Sunset describes here, very dark accent walls provide a dramatic backdrop for artwork and the other items in your room.
Our very 90’s style condo doesn’t have many architectural details to show off, so maybe in situations like these you are better off using an accent color inside built-ins or other nooks (also from Sunset.com):
The more I think about it, I’m more inclined to stick with one “safe” color and perhaps do smaller accent spaces like the shelving above. Maybe some stenciling or paint just a few shades darker than the base color on a few walls to define space. We clearly have a lot of thinking to do in the next few weeks! To be continued…
The very cool Striation Clock will do much more than keep you on time. It’s modern cool design makes a fabulous accent to your space.
Striation Wall Clock from Nuevo
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Are you a fan of mid-century modern? If you’re familiar with real estate in the DC area (DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia) you know that traditional is the predominant style of architecture here. That’s why I appreciate Modern Capital so much – they provide news and information on the communities and homes in the area that can be classified as “mid-century modern”. To me, this translates into open floor plans, unfussy lines, larger windows and higher ceilings. Some very lovely things, don’t you think?
A friend of mine turned me onto the site when she learned we were combing the market for a more contemporary home. (Trust me, the market is dominated by traditional properties!) Anyway, as you may know we’ve postponed our search at least until the spring but I will be better armed and abreast of the market with access to Modern Capital.
Here are a few images from a cool post last week covering a beautiful modern home in Richmond. Thanks Michael @ Modern Capital for the great pics and video tour!
Does your city have sources of information on modern or specific styles of real estate?
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Seeing this recent post on the real estate blog, Curbed, made me reconsider my normal peace with exposed plumbing in loft-style spaces. You can see that this San Francisco penthouse condo (currently owned by Twitter founder Evan Williams – side note: “Evan Williams” is also the name of the economically priced Kentucky Bourbon my older brother tends to favor) is not lacking whatsoever in natural light, high ceilings and a generally open feel. An apartment to covet on nearly every level. However, something about the pipes is irksome. I think it’s their size – just larger than the size of, say, a closet rod, makes me want to use them as extra places to hang my clothes. If they were slightly larger they might have a more architectural feel. However, I do appreciate the attempts to make them fall into the background with the same color paint as the surrounding walls.
I noticed that someone commented on the pipes as well so I might not be completely alone in my feelings - check out the full article here. How would you handle having these pipes exposed in your space?
I know it’s a little early for some of us, but I couldn’t resist showing off the Snowflake Shade. Delicate and whimsical, it is available with the necessary hardware to use as either a plug-in or hard-wire pendant.
Snowflake Ceiling Pendant
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