Saturday, January 26, 2008

Contemporary Living

Design a room that's perfect for relaxing and entertaining guests. In this room, a contemporary blue armchair from The Conran Shop and a brown leather sofa are grouped around a coffee table to make a welcoming, stylish seating area. The TV is hidden in a wooden cabinet. Blue patterned walls, curtains and a print over the fireplace all complement the centrepiece chair. Invest in a pouffe as extra seating and opt for laminate flooring which is easy to clean.

Art-Inspired Living Room

To achieve a look like this gorgeous brown and turquoise living room, take a favorite picture as inspiration, then achieve a cohesive effect with a few pieces in a similar color. Add some surprises to stop the look becoming too contrived.

Mediterranean-Inspired Living Room

A turquoise feature wall offsets paintings and glass ornaments in shades of blue in this Mediterranean-inspired living room. A contemporary wrought-iron sofa, chair, console and coffee table add to the outdoor feel, while a traditional painted chair provides colour and contrast. Limestone tiles and a soft rug add brightness and texture.

Prettiest Painted Room in America

A narrow stripe done in shades of turquoise and pale green, this room has a look that’s decidedly “pretty." Or so it was judged in the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute's "Prettiest Painted Room in America Competition."

Turquoise en-suite bathroom

This master bedroom's en-suite bathroom adopts an aquatic theme with pretty turquoise and blue pebble-mosaic by Orlando Valvona adorning the shower cubicle wall.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Turn-of-the-Century Kitchen

We wanted to keep the style of the house yet add modern touches where it made the most sense. I chose the pebbly glass for the cabinets because it brings out the texture of the cork floors.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Peaceful and Cozy Master Bedroom

A fireplace, with white-painted beadboard and a cream travertine marble surround, creates a warm and cozy feel in the master bedroom.

Clean and Simple Bedroom

A restored midcentury bench’s Indian-print upholstery fabric inspired a color scheme of grass green and light blue throughout the master suite. Wall-mounted swing-arm sconces offer targeted illumination for reading.

Handpainted Stripes

Improvise to get the style you desire. Sometimes the look you want just isn’t sold in stores. When that happens, you have to improvise. Instead of hanging wallpaper, mottled stripes were hand-painted on this bedroom wall for a softer look.

Cafe au Lait & Robin's-Egg Blue

A new way to do neutral? Pale, creamy walls uplifted by a dreamy blue ceiling. Moldings and walls painted the same color create a modern look. Turquoise makes a great accent color. In this dining room, walls and trim: cafe au lait Lambswool and ceiling: robin's-egg blue Skylit, both from Pratt & Lambert.
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