This past weekend we visited The Pasadena Showcase Home for the Arts and while there were many memorable moments, the one design trend that stood out to us the most was the use of moody paint colors. From stairwells to media rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms; Dark colors are still in! We were delighted to see this seemingly risky move because we LOVE dark moody spaces! Our favorite color in the house was Charcoal Sketch by Dunn Edwards. This was applied to the walls down the back staircase. It's a bold and daring color but with plenty of daylight, art and accessories you end up with a statement space that's inviting and comfortable. Another great benefit of dark walls is they HIDE dirt! Does that mean our whole house is going to be dark once we start a family!? Hope so! Well not the whole thing, unless Paul gives Becky free reign.
We still live in an apartment but as designers we had to paint over the flat dreary off white color that was throughout. First stop was our kitchen. We choose a dark, and I mean dark green, called Studio Green, from Farrow and Ball. This worked out really well with the existing color of the cabinets, backsplash and countertops and really pumps up the contrast. Contrast is a key design element that is often overlooked but really critical. Try it! Contrast IS your friend. Believe us!
The next room that we painted dark was our bedroom. It's a soft, yet dark blue and what we love about it is how it makes the perfect backdrop for our colorful art. The color is called Pencil Lead from Dunn Edwards. At times it might be so cozy that it makes getting out of bed in the morning more difficult but that cozy feeling is what we love most about our humble abode. As we write this blog and we look around our house we're realizing we're masters of high contrast, bold colors, and cozy living.
This last photo, above, is an inspirational image from Farrow and Ball. The color is called Black Blue and it is the perfect backdrop for the light furniture and Kangaroo Paw clipping. Like our bedroom, this would be a great place to spend your morning....or most of the day.
Go visit the Pasadena Showcase house and tell us what sticks out to you! It is open for three more weeks and you can order your tickets online here.