March 10, 2013
Black and white has long been a favorite color scheme in kitchens, but that doesn't mean that this quirky visual dichotomy can't work throughout the home. Think past those black and white checkered floors and consider what else this design has to offer. How might Anderson Floors' Rushmore collection fare in colors like Old Furnace or Whistling Kettle when paired with eggshell walls? And what about beyond black and white, playing with charcoal and powder blue? Consider a few of these fun ideas.
Dark floors, light walls
A growing trend in home design is to ditch the light hues of traditional hardwood floors and stain them a darker color. In this way, the red oak of Anderson's Rushmore collection can look heavy, old and filled with character, perfectly complementing a room's bright and energetic, whitewashed walls. From living rooms to bedrooms, this old colonial look is charming with the right mahogany furniture or other stylish features. But there's no need to stick to such opposites either - mix a little grey or a splash of bright color in there and both will complement dark hardwood floors just as well!
While these have been played out on kitchen tile for decades, there's no reason you can't take the checkered look to other parts of the home. Consider how great a black and white gingham tablecloth might look - or the same pattern on a sofa throw. Alternating black and white shelving or the same look for flannel sheets are also great ideas.
Couches and cushions
The couch and its various cushions are also a great place to play with color dichotomies. A deep burgundy couch might look twice as welcoming with a few sandy-hued pillows. Or, alternately, a cream colored sofa might benefit from a few vibrant splashes of deep, dark red. Just be careful not to introduce too many disparate colors into your space, or it could begin to look muddy. In general, stick to one striking dark hue and a series of complementary colors for the lighter ones.
Keeping it all bright
No matter what kind of color scheme you choose, make sure you keep your space bright. All colors, from burnt umber to eggshell benefit from natural light, which offers the best full-spectrum color viewing. So throw open the windows and light up your rooms.
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