Sproule-RowenContemporary Bedroom, San Francisco
Photos Courtesy of Sharon Risedorph
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Break Up Dark ColorsSimply adding some art with chunky white matting, white frames, or both, can break up a dark wall treatment and create a sophisticated gallery vibe even without the expensive paintings and prints.
A picture ledge mounted relatively low can ground a space and help tie together simple furnishings.
Rotate your collection. "The inspiration for the photo shelves came from an art gallery that my client had visited," says John Lum of John Lum Architecture. "They wanted a flexible system that could accommodate various sizes of photographs, since they have an extensive collection of black and white photography. The shelves allow them to rotate their collection without having to constantly patch nail holes in the walls." Lum also noted that the shelves pull out in case the homeowners decide they want to place something entirely different against the walls.
Style Secret: Sophisticated NeutralsCream, white, tan, beige, black — these are the bedrock upon which contemporary design lies. Monochromatic and tone-on-tone schemes allow the lines and shapes within a space to take center stage. But also consider... Neutral is a pretty broad term. Choose a shade with undertones that add interest (the stony gray-blue shown here, for example). Try cream with a hint of pink, gray with a touch of green, or beige with some gold. If you want a jolt of brighter color, keep it judiciously focused: an accent wall, say, or a bold piece of furniture.How to Make Your Neutral Palette Shine | Dare To Try a More Colorful Neutral