I love black and white rooms like the one shown here (from a model home). I decorated my family room and kitchen similarly to this, which some people in my life have suggested is an indication that I have “commitment issues.”
They may have a point there. I have a hard time committing to colors because I may get tired of them someday. For example, I was gung-ho for a red powder room and painted about 7 coats of the stuff to get it just right. A year later I was sick and tired of all that red in there and spent another weekend priming over it and then painting it back to a soft beige. Everyone was scandalized by this because they loved that red room. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself, it’s that I love color–at other peoples’ houses. In my own, I’d rather have neutral walls and use color sparingly, in fabrics and artwork and accessories. That way I can change it around on a whim, and it’s no big deal.
I’ll go ahead and show you my family room, even though (this is my disclaimer) it’s not nearly as nice as anything you’ll find in a magazine. This is true decorating on a budget, folks. It’s decorating with sale items from Sofa Express and Target. And it’s decorating in a house where a teenager and a kindergartner live. In other words, don’t expect it to look like the model home shown above.
I already showed you the mantel in the family room and the difference the crown molding and trims made to the room in the post called “Crown Molding Magic,” but here it is again (to see what it looked like before, go there–it was pretty blah when we moved in):
Now here’s the view of the room you didn’t see, with the sofa and coffee table in front of the window:
What I love about having a neutral family room is that I can change it with the seasons. For example, from September through Thanksgiving, I go crazy with orange accessories for Fall. At Christmas, all the orange is replaced with red. For Spring this year I’m all about that bright turquoise blue that’s so popular now and want to try that. Here’s the blue I mean (via StyleCourt):
I’m craving bright blues right now. According to color theory, lighter blues represent creativity, and who couldn’t use more of that in their life? I’ll let you know if the blue in the family room works out.
In the meantime, here’s what the room looks like in the Fall, with shades of orange thrown in:
And at Christmas time, we go all out on the red:
See? Versatile. So I never get bored. Just as soon as I get tired of all the red, it’s time to take it down again in January.
Now onto a gallery of room that were put together by real designers who truly know what they’re doing and have a bigger budget than I do. I hope they inspire you to try a little black and white in your house, too!
This kitchen looks similar to mine–hardwood floors, white cabinets, toile window treatments, black countertops. Black and white looks so crisp and clean in a kitchen. Like the family room, my kitchen’s accent colors change with the seasons.
Whether this bathroom is truly functional or not, I don’t know, but I love the graphic look of it with the black and white:
This sunroom is so unusual. I had never seen one done in black and white before:
I showed you this bathroom in the post about Crown Molding Inspiration, but here it is again, just because I like it. It was a daring move to paint the crown molding black, but I think it paid off:
This living room was featured in Domino magazine:
What do you think? Do you love black and white like I do, or do you need more color in your life?
Just for Fun:
Look at the cool black and white rooms I found in the Ikea showroom.
See what you think about my black & white bathroom’s mini-makeover.
If you love color, check out Aja’s colorful kitchen makeover.
- See what my family room looked like before we painted and added the crown molding.
Take a look at my writing room makeover, which uses a lot of black and white, too.