Decorating with Black (and white)

decorating with black (and white)

blk whtie sitting rm
This elegant black sitting room comes across to me as very mysterious! Has a certain HUSH about it.

I currently have a project taking shape that has a fair amount of black and white going on that I’m excited to share with you soon. There are a lot of grays happening in this project as well, which softens the contrast a bit. I have always loved something black in every room.  This post shows some beautiful ways to decorate your room or rooms with black and white. Warning: You will have to keep it very, very clean.

blk white living

Black and White Living Room. Even with the stark contrast of black and white in the design of this room, it still looks Traditional. I would substitute the lamp with a pop of color. Yellow or Apple Martini Green! It appears that there is also BROWN in this room as an accent color perhaps to tie in the sisal like floor covering.  Lovely.

blk white bath 3

This Black and White bathroom looks a bit more organic. Notice the light fixtures which are like vanity lights rather than can lights in the ceiling. Very unique. Do you like the different floor tiles?

blk whtie bath

Very Contemporary and striking bathroom in Black and White.

blk white foyer

I absolutely adore black painted doors and panelling. Very smart. Give Traditional paneled walls an updated look.

blk white BR2

THIS bedroom is dramatic and smashing! I love the bold and huge Black and White chevron accent wall. The bedding with its check and houndstooth patterns give the room a slightly masculine flair. Love how the shape of the duvet cover captures the shape of the granite tiles on the floor. Well done. Très chic.

blk white den

This room is borderline over the top with its Hollywood Glam in Black and White!

blk white bath 1

Another crisp Black and White bath. It makes me feel like I could never wear tan slippers in there, not that I have any…tan ones. Only white toothbrushes allowed.

blk & white BR

I envision this as a Black and White guest room.   I like the gentile detail of black on the window panels. Love the bench. Thank you for the touch of gold!

blk and white vignette

Very smart and traditional in appearance, I like the pop of yellow to break up the Black and White decor. The white walls make it less interesting though…. Do you love the hide rug? Yep.

Black White Red Dining Room

Such brave and bold things going on in this Black and White Dining Room. Ceiling would look awesome if painted too….Excellent room.

Black andwhite powder room

Another great example of Black painted paneling. How interesting the swing arm light fixture as a vanity fixture. I love the ingenuity.

I do believe that Black is becoming quite the trend in decorating of late. Hope you enjoyed these photos, all from Pinterest.

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Amazing Doors

~Doors of the World~

Doors fascinate many people. I am one of those people.

Do you ever strain to see the doors of buildings when traveling as a passenger in a car to some new place?

I especially love doors of character and you will find that most of these amazing images are of doors from countries far away where buildings are ancient or very old. Some will intrigue me, some I fall in love with and some will tease me, cause me to yearn for a tour of what lies beyond. What do they speak to you?

gray door

A weathered gray wooden door with detailed wrought iron accents. Looks a bit rustic in the Limestone building.

old door with stone bldg

This door is so interesting with the paper box/mail slot on it. The bright orange is eye catching for sure in this very old stone home. Notice the stain coming off the bottoms where the door has been kicked open repeatedly.

red doors

These red painted doors appear as though they were added at a later date than the building as the opening is arched and the doors are squared. They also don’t appear to match the building. Interesting though.

yellow doors

Wow, the vividness of the yellow paint combined with the green painted wrought iron window grilles make this entrance stand out from the limestone facade.

turquoise doors

Love the boldness that these paneled double doors were painted for a brick home front entrance, Really intrigues me and makes me want to see inside although there is no door knob. Wonder why that is…

carved lintel door

Another turquoise double door entrance however, notice how the doors themselves have been carved to fit into the carved stone lintel.

mystical doors

Amazing and mystical is how I would describe these doors. The old gnarly tree trunks add an eery touch to the medieval feel.

dble doors with greenery

These cream doors draw the eye and the ivy creeping over the exterior walls have been trimmed and shaped to follow the slight arch at the top of the door.

stunning interior doors

These are interior doors but I love gray and detailed paneled doors. They’re a little overly ornate for the general residence but stunning none the less!

These glossy black double front doors make a striking contrast with the white trim and brass kick plates and Fleur de Lis door knockers.

These glossy black double front doors make a striking contrast with the white trim, brass kick plates and Fleur de Lis door knockers.

Black interior doors

These interior doors make this entrance pop. Painted gloss black is the way to go and the handrail and newel post have been painted as well. I have done this very look in homes.

art nuveau door

A modern Art Nouveau Double Door with black trim is striking with the light from the interior shining through.

detailed wooden doors

I love the detail on this cared door frame and lintel. The brass knobs on the front also make a statement.

old purple doors

These purple and gold antique doors appear to be constructed from brass or some type of metal.

navy and gold doors

Another striking example of ornate front doors. the gold overlay is very elegant with the deep peacock blue beneath.

antique key hole

Couldn’t resist adding this beautiful antique keyhole hardware and key. I think hardware that is unique really make a wonderful personal statement for your home. Calls for another post dedicated to hardware for the door. Upcoming.

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. I’ve enjoyed sharing some beautiful images of both exterior and interior doors. Most of these photos have been sourced from Pinterest. You can see more here.

Focal Point

Focal Points in Design

Upon entering a space, your eye may be automatically drawn to a certain feature of the room and often, a room’s architectural elements will in fact be the Focal Point.  If your space does not have an architectural Focal Point you can add one or have your designer create one.

These incredibly beautiful photos feature  some of the  more commonly and frequently used Focal Points such as Fireplaces, Kitchen Islands, Mirrors, Chandeliers, Ceilings, Windows and Staircases.

FP Focal Point
The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
FireplaceRemodel half
 Even with a two-story wall of windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier, this natural all Ohio stone fireplace that I designed becomes an outstanding Focal Point in this Family Room in an Ohio home.
rustic fireplace
The two-story stone fireplace and the rafters on the ceiling are both impressive, but the Fireplace would be the Focal Point in this room.
Focal Point Kitchen
In this historic home, a range has been placed in the former fireplace area creating a unique yet functional Focal Point.
Gorgeous kitchen
My eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling of this kitchen for it’s totally unique structure as a Focal Point. The detailed island and the cabinetry built around the range become secondary.
Green range and hood
Although you cannot view the entire kitchen in this photo, I would guess that this brightly colored double range and hood just may be the Focal Point in the room.
casual elegance kitchen
This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
Brick wall, lg llighting
The Focal Point in this room is the arched doorway and brick wall and in the eating area it is the over-sized chandelier. Just lovely.
Beautful Kitchen
Here is an example of how you can use chandeliers as a Focal Point. The island, being constructed of a darker, high contrast finish could be the Focal Point;  the use of these extremely large crystal chandeliers make them  winners in this kitchen. The chandeliers end up maintaining the balance between the island,  beamed vaulted ceiling, arch and double built-in range in a niche by bringing you eye down from the ceiling! It all works beautifully.
glass ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons
This incredible glass ceiling becomes a true Focal Point in this light filled kitchen by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Beamed vaulted Ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons Arch
This beamed vaulted ceiling is a striking Focal Point by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Copper Barrell Ceiling
This stunning copper Barrel ceiling creates interest as a Focal Point.
pink ceiling
The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
sun room with windows
The radius of windows in this Sunroom and the view beyond become the Focal Point with the detailed ceiling coming in as a secondary point of focus.
stained glass windows
The black painted trim around the ornate stained glass windows causes them to stand out even more. No competing with those windows as a Focal Point
wall of mirrors
This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
super large mirror
The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
Double mirror
The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
mirror and arch
Side by Side elements create a Focal Point Wall.
Ceiling Focal Point
 Arches in the construction of a home can be beautiful. These arches have been added as a decorative element to this room to create interest and a Focal Point. These somewhat over-bearing arches draw the eye up but distract from the room. It appears top heavy.
Spiral staircase and ceiing detail
This Foyer has multiple Focal Points: arches, a floor medallion, wrought iron detailing on the double entrance doors as well as the arched window above, a curved staircase, a wonderful wrought iron railing, and chandelier have been well-balanced to create a sense of cohesiveness and serenity!
Often, if a room has multiple Focal Points, it can become too busy and overwhelming to the senses!
Elegant and easy on the eyes, partially due to the soft color palette.
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
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