Not so deep thoughts

One of my New Year's resolutions was to find a balance between life, work, & consistent blogging. Seeing as how this is only my 2nd post of the week (and the week's almost over), how am I doing? Right. A big fat fail. Ha!

I was sifting thru my inspiration folder and saw these stunning "black and white rooms". Uh, yes please. My collection of inspiration pics might currently surpass pics of the Freckles Chick family. Disturbing.



Well, stunning at first glance. Upon scrutinizing them further, I thought: "Imagine how those dark floors must showcase dust & grime daily. Would those black walls close in on you at night?" I think black painted walls are magnificent but a room really has to have some architectural details to it in order to pull off this dramatic color. Not something we all have the luxury of having. And honestly, how long before I'd get tired of it?

I always wonder when looking at impeccably designed rooms, do real people actually live there? I suppose this is why I consider my design magazines/blogs a guilty pleasure. It's how I vicariously live out my design fantasies, since I know most of these rooms wouldn't last 5 minutes with my dog (and husband). Regardless, there's no denying that these rooms make me breathless and my palms slightly sweaty with excitement.

Not exactly a world peace caliber of a discussion,
but
is there a current design trend that just takes your breath away?
Have a happy weekend!

* mish-mosh of photos via design sponge, decorpad, & desire to inspire

27 comments:

  1. Ah, I too ADORE those dark, moody interiors and couldn't agree more that you need some amazing architecture to go along with those contrasts. I just don't think my blah, builder-grade home could hold up to those dark colors without some major architectural imbellishments...I mean notice all of the beautiful millwork in those images? Gorgeous! Most average homes these days just don't have that. That really makes a huge impact.

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  2. Wow, I love them all! Our former dining room wall color was "Smokestack" ~ a very dark, almost black color. When I initially chose the paint color, everyone thought I was crazy ~ until they saw it up on the walls! Dark gray and black really make a statement! BUT I have to add that it was actually a dining AREA, not a dining ROOM, so it was open to the rest of the house, which prevented the "closed-in" feeling you'd most likely get from an all-black room.

    Current design trend: I am all about chevron patterned anything!

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  3. I don't think I could do black walls. However...I'm about ready to paint many more rooms in my house Coastal Villa. And then add black accents...

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  4. that black ceiling in the dining room? WHOA. re-thinking our dining room design...

    kelly

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  5. My decoration inspiration pictures surpassed the number of family pictures a LONG time ago. Don't worry. :)
    I can't do black walls. I think they're pretty to look at in magazines, but I'm not that formal. And I need everything light & bright. Otherwise the SAD would get out of control. ;)

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  6. I think those all black rooms are depressing. I don't mind the black ceiling though, since everything else is light. Hey, I thought blogging once a week was doing pretty good!

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  7. Freckles, I want to sincerely thank you for your offer of replacement wine. I spilled about a third of my glass, so it wasn't THAT bad. But I still had the shakes until I got downstairs to get more. You are too sweet!

    ps - There is nothing more gorgeous than deep aqua in a black and white room. I love those dining chairs!

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  8. Well, I adore black walls. Just painted two in the "dining area" black in fact. I love them! The ceilings are about 15ft though, so the closed in feeling isn't there. Even so, I think it may make the room feel a little womb like at night...very safe feeling. I think you can create architectural detail...even if you don't have any naturally. Just my opinion though. Thanks for posting all the gorgeous pics though! Well done! Love your blog!

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  9. love...i tell you i am thinking about doing that this weekend to a room...

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  10. I am loving all those pics. I am really into the black rooms and trying to figure it out how I can pull it off because I agree you need some architectural details and lots of light.

    I ran out of disk space on my laptop so I had to dump pics into an external hard drive. The inspiration folder was definitely larger than the personal pics folder. And I may have been really scared to delete the inspiration folder from the computer and trust the other hard drive. A little sad...

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  11. I have a major crush on white anything... especially fully-white kitchens. But, I can hardly keep my kitchen clean, and I know it hides the mess better.

    But, I continue to collect photos of white kitchens.

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  12. I lalalove black and white! And am craving a whole wall of black chalkboard paint, but that won't be happening in this house. =(

    As for trends, I am whole heartedly in love with all of the yellows!

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  13. My father had painted his walls black in the teeny house he grew up in, which he and my mother then purchased. She said it took 6(!) coats of paint to cover the black. Ick. I hate to do two coats of paint...

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  14. I have a total crush on that third picture. I want to curl up and make out with the picture.

    Is that weird? Probably.

    Hmm..

    LB

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  15. I think I save my inspiration photos into 2 categories. 1-that is doable for my family 2-doable for me alone. :) I am at least allowed to dream that Mike and Thurgood could handle white slipcovered sofas. I can see sangria and V8 fusion stains all over it now. :)

    Love that 3rd pic! It is such a serene pic!

    Cheers~
    e

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  16. I pretty much love all of these pics! My favorite trend is neutrals with a punch of color. So that first pic with the teal is amazing!

    Oh, and doing a giveaway on my blog, thought I would give you a heads up!

    http://uneviechic.blogspot.com/2010/02/etsy-finds.html

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  17. I love black and white rooms. You're right, sometimes it is all for a magazine and not for every day living. Things sound good but then you think them through and change your mind:)

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  18. i would love to do a dark room/black, I am afraid it make teh room so tiny or you would see all teh dirt too

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  19. Those are beautiful rooms. So elegant. Maybe it's a trend, but lately I am all about repurposing stuff. I have an old desk that's about to become a vanity, and I am using my old dining room table as a bedside table. If I blogged, I'd share those projects with you. Alas, I do not.

    And you should just feel comfortable posting however much works for you. Don't mind us, we'll be here, ready to comment whenever.

    jbhat

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  20. You took the words right out of my mouth! It's exactly how I feel. They are gorgeous to look at though.

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  21. Definitely something mesmerizing about the contrast between dark and light. Love all your inspirations!

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  22. The bedroom with black walls works so well because of all of the architectural detailing in the bed. That bed is so so very gorgeous! I just love the simplicity behind the rest of the design of the space. Wow. I am going to have to save this image to my files!

    xo

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  23. So true ... I moved into a house with DARK stained hardwood throughout and all I ever see is cat hair. Everyone who visits loves them and doesn't realize I have had the vacuum out right up to the minute they arrive. I soooo long for my previous light hardwood!

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  24. That kitchen is love. Pure love.

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  25. Gorgeous pictures! I love them - especially the first one. It's my favorite.

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