March 2013

Interior designer Jan Showers once said, “Every room needs a touch of black” and when I examine the spaces pictured below, I’m certainly persuaded. We don’t have a lot of black in our home beyond the fireplace surrounds and the piano, but I’m considering adding more since a touch of black always ups the level of sophistication in any room when used in both small and large doses.

An easy way to begin introducing classic black into your home is through the use of dark curtain rods and with small furniture details. This elegant bathroom also benefits from a freestanding tub finished in matte sheen.

 

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A chalkboard wall brings a touch of black into the home and also brings the fun along with it as a place to doodle, make lists, or leave notes to family members. 

 

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Many millions of dollars are spent each year in campaigns to direct your attention to what’s new and noteworthy in kitchen design, and there are entire conferences dedicated to the topic. Kitchen trends come and go, some may fit your style, some may not, but take a peek at these design choices worth considering that may prove more timeless than trendy in the years to come.     

1. Multiple Cabinet Finishes.  A growing trend in kitchen design is ignoring the “every cabinet should match” philosophy of past decades and embracing a two or even three tone color scheme combining both paint and stain finishes. It’s a look that adds interest and keeps the eye moving around the space.

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2.  Painting the Cabinet Interiors.  If you’re hesitant to resurface or paint the exterior of your cabinets, consider the interiors as an alternative. A bold blue adds a welcome dose of color to an all white kitchen and highlights the decorative and daily use dishes housed within.

blue painted interior in cabinets bhg

 

3.  Tiling Up to the Ceiling. Tile no longer stands alone on a backsplash or behind a range, these days it’s taking center stage as a wall treatment, wrapping around windows and upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling for a dramatic effect.

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Remember in the old movies when the ladies would disappear behind the folding screen to change their clothes while continuing a conversation with another character? Folding screens continue to serve the purpose of functional room divider but in this century we use them for more than just privacy – now they serve us in decorative ways to add visual interest to bare corners and walls.

For residences without a dedicated foyer, a partitioning room divider creates an instant entry and convenient drop zone when a hall table is added on one side. 

folding screen room divider bhg

 

Folding screens are a creative option for minimizing any part of a room you wish to disguise and when painted a bright color they add a dose of personality too.

folding screen divider bhg

  

Folding screens can be reinvented as unique headboards – an ornate or carved version will introduce an exotic or global vibe into your bedroom space.

folding screen style headboard bhg

 

Distressed in a cottage style finish, folding screens make charming props for outdoor plantings and add character to covered porches.

folding screen outdoors bhg

 

You can get creative with basic bifold doors from a home improvement store by attaching a set together with hinges and embellishing as you please with traditional molding or creatively with layers of shims painted a pretty color.

shim folding screen bhg

 

Make a style statement by upgrading a basic room divider with patterned wallpaper.

diy new impressions screen bhg

 

For an easy DIY project, follow Diane’s great tutorial for making a room divider out of bifold doors. If you prefer a store-bought version, here are six fabulous folding screens from budget to splurge that are sure to bring style to any of your spaces.

fabulous folding screens

 

blue cottage/carved wood/distressed gray/reclaimed wood/white geometric/gold leaf

 

Do you decorate with folding screens in your home?  If so, where and in what style?

 

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