BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES

Who can deny the aesthetic royalty of black or white?? And more than that, who can resist the chic combo of BLACK and WHITE??

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For real, I can merely say that the classic beauty of these two contrasting colours is irresistible, especially when they are used together on walls or ceilings in the form of stripes...

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Black and white striped wallpapers are quite common and are almost always in fashion. The major issue is how to implement it to your own space and design.


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If you plan to cover all the walls of a space with B&W striped wallpapers,I suggest to dress small spaces. For example, in a powder room,don't hesitate to cover all the walls and even your ceiling with stripes .It can only get less boring in a place where guests will get to spend less time...

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HOWEVER, if you are planning to use B&W striped wall coverings in a bigger room, I suggest you accent one major wall with it. Otherwise, it can easily make your space too overwhelming. A B&W wall can be great in a livingroom, a study or in a bedroom as a major point of attraction.I even like them in nurseries as long as the stripes complement the entire decoration.

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If you want the stripes to blend in more with your space, make sure you go for thinner stripes rather than bold striking thick forms. Clearly, thinner stripes will be less noticeable whereas thick stripes can easily be too distracting!

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+++++Even though many people lean towards using wallpapers when they want b&w stripes, I love to have them painted as well.

This way, you can easily customise your stripes. You don't need to make them all uniform, instead the design could be done with varying thicknesses and in different shapes.

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No matter how,I definitely believe in the aesthetic power of stripes especially if they are in BLACK and WHITE.


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PLUS, any colour will work great with black and white , so DO NOT FEAR, a striped wall or ceiling will never dominate your overall colour theme.Just add any accessories,fabrics or even furniture made of red,purple,blue or green and you will see how both black and white stripes will further complement your choice of colours.

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So, go ZEBRA!!!


MORE TIPS ON KITCHEN CABINET COLORS

Do you remember the previous post about how to choose kitchen cabinet colours?

If YES-read on for more related tips of the trade!

If NO- I say you go back and read again😊

ANYWAYS...


1)Whites work almost perfect in every kitchen no matter what the surroundings are! And DON'T FORGET;almost all countertop and backsplash materials work great with white cabinets.


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2)Bright cabinet colours work best in smaller spaces whereas pastel tones glorify spacious kitchens.


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3)Midtones are always safe either way, but they can look outdated very easily. So I say,be bold on the countertop or the backsplash or even both!


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4)Lacquer finish has been very popular for years as it can easily be repainted for a brand new look. Personally, it has been my favourite for a really long time and I still can't get enough of it just because of the possible tones of shades.



5)Wood is usually the material of choice for anyone who is looking for a very cosier feel in the kitchen! Somehow , I find them nostalgic as they remind me of the old massive wood kitchens with large cabinets!But, of course many contemporary style cabinets are designed with real wood as well! I suggest using light to mid toned wood with less grains for a timeless look.


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HOW TO : CHOOSE KITCHEN CABINET COLORS

All White or dark Gray or BOTH?

No matter what size it is , a kitchen is the center piece of any house. So, picking a cabinet color and style can be really exhausting while remodeling your new kitchen.Certainly, the style of the cabinets, either modern or classic is quite fundamental . Yet, for now I will go ahead and only blog about the colours and how to choose them. 

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Unless it is a totally new home you are building ,the existing color of the flooring and the walls should be the preliminary guides in your decision making .For example,let's say you have dark colored materials on the floor, then a subtle tone of light is always moving! 

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I always like the cabinet colors to rather blend in with the walls when the flooring is a dark material of any kind.This way you don't spoil the whole idea of creating a contrast! Never forget, eyes can easily get tired too 👀

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However, mid tones on the floors , do not necessarily work well with dark colored cabinets. In this case, I suggest, you head for similar tones for the floor and the cabinets to achieve a elegantly uniform look.

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Lighter floors, on the other hand, are usually easier to work with, as they can be combined perfectly with light colors and bright tones.

And guess WHAT?

You can even dare to use shiny metallic finishes for the cabinets if you keep the walls light.

Another great method I often prefer, is using two toned kitchen cabinets. 

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Imagine dark floors and light walls, or vice versa and you don't know how to wrap them... 

A great tip:Use two colours and preferably lean towards darker tones for the under counter cabinets  and lighter colours for the top units.

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By the way,I must confess the significance of the cabinet style, counter tops as well as the backsplash materials is worth mentioning, but there is NOOO way to cover them all in one post! So, hang in there for future kitchen design related topics on the BLOG✍🏻✍🏻

 

 

 

HOW TO : MAKE GALLERY WALLS

IS your home complete with all the necessary furniture, fabrics and lighting fixtures and yet does not feel like home⁉️⁉️

That is because no space is finished without wall art!!!And how you display your art can either make or brake your interior. So read on to make your walls party...

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NOW, you either have too much art and not enough walls or vice versa...

You might have many different sizes and types of artwork to hang around and not enough  wall space or you can feel hopeless finding enough pieces to hang with an abundance of bare walls.

And Don't PANIC! I have been through the same dilemmas and believe me, different types of walls and artwork have driven me crazy enough till I know how❗️❗️So follow to see tips for a well curated ART WALL...

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Let's start with numerous works of art and limited wall space.

First, you have to carefully select your favourites because it is not about clustering your walls with frames and paintings. Indeed, you want to look for quality arrangement to better display your pieces.

Once you decide what you want to hang , you should start to lay them on a floor area about the size of your wall. You will see how they will fit more clearly.

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If you are having problems visualizing, I suggest you search the internet for reference sheets on gallery walls. There are great guides for DIY ,so you can easily figure which style you like more.

 

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Horizontally wide walls will require more spacing and maybe more square sized frames. But, of course spread vertical and horizontal pieces to avoid a boring wall.

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Vertical walls on the other hand are better for tall frames with a mix of smaller pieces. Keeping the overall area tight will make your walls seem longer but make sure to stretch outside the grid a bit for diversity.

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WHAT IF your scene is the opposite? Let's say you have any type of wall but not enough artwork or major pieces.My first tip would be to head for a gallery wall with anything you like including wall decor ,clocks , and mirrors and even bookshelves.

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Still not satisfied?? Then, go and invest on smaller budget friendly pieces like framed photos or watercolors.Or just hang your own b&w family photos with black frames.

Trust me, with the guidance of a template,you will achieve a professional look almost anytime.

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You can easily find them on Pinterest , so get inspired by amazing gallery walls and familiarise with the ones that suit your walls the best.Again, make sure to lay them on a similar sized floor space to get the overall feeling before you nail anything. I doubt that you will want to see more painters once you are settled into your new home, so think before you hole your wall❗️

 

Once you are done , you will enjoy the feeling of being in an actual home.                                    SO COME ON and GET YOUR ART TOGETHER!

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More Tips:

Similar thickness in frames result in a clean and crisp look.
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Mixing frame colours is always adventurous and can easily be more interesting.

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Place your big statement piece first to easily radiate around it.

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Black frames work best on black and white  pictures and photos
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