Life in Black&White{via Remodelista}

{Photo by Anna Dorfman}

il_570xN.337233379{silkscreen by Beauchamping}

sara barner: nordic times

{photo by Sara Barner}

2124-10 -paints-stains-and-glazes

{Wrought Iron BM 2124-10 & Fog Mist OC-31}

That top photo was my starting point for the shop’s design aesthetic. It was found on Remodelista and it became the wallpaper on my computer and the first image in my concept board book. And it still captivates me to this day.  After seeing that image, the store could be built of nothing more than plywood, black and white.

Sure the space evolved and as we grew, so did the wall decorations and vignettes.  It’s now accented with piles of beautifully colored yarn, and yet the plywood floors, the dark black wall and crisp white backdrop still look amazing.

Even though we painted that wall 4 years ago, black is STILL my go to color. It creates such a wonderfully warm space- it’s just as neutral as beige, except it has and added quality: everything that touches it looks fancy. Ikea print against black wall? Insta Amazing. Ikea print against white wall? Meh.

We’ve done Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore successfully at the shop, in a kitchen, a WC and an entire living room…. everyone thrilled with how elegant and cozy the space felt. It’s the perfect accent wall for a bedroom (think of how cozy an upholstered headboard would look against that?) or for a transition space (yup-Tiff, that entrance will eventually be painted black!).  It’s popping up here and there (the bathroom at Melk on Monkland) and I’m hopefully going to have a chance to use it soon in my own home.

So next time you stare at the color wall at the paint store, stare no longer and reach for the darkest color you can find and take a deep breath!