5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PAINT YOUR WALLS BLACK

 

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In an era of bright and white instagramable spaces (yes, we swoon over those too!) - we are think you should paint your walls black. It’s no surprise that I am a fan of dark moody spaces. I try to slide in some saturated color into a project every. single chance I get. So here are our top reasons why you should say yes to that darkest color swatch on the paint color fan deck.


1. MAKE IT COZY

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A dark room (especially black) has the ability to wrap you in color and create a cozy inviting space that light colors simply can’t achieve. It’s almost like the room is opening its arms to you and pulling you in for a big bear hug.


2. BENEFIT FROM CONTRASTS

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Other colors will contrast and bounce off like you would’t believe, so the end result is actually bringing more life to the space.


3. BLACK IS SEXY

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Everyone looks sexy in a black room. A black interior is flatering. Your skin tone will thank you.


4. YOUR ART WILL LOOK PHENOMENAL

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Your art will look PHENOMENAL. It doesn’t matter if you are an avid fine art collector, pick up art from the thrift store, have only a few key pieces and a massive collection. Your art will sing on the dark moody backdrop.


5. NO NEED TO FEAR

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It will not feel small, we promise. Okay - so a few factors do come into play with this promise. One, your ceilings really can’t be lower than 8 ft, and if they are, make sure you balance that dark wall with some of the following: light or bright area rugs and drapery OR light and bright furniture, also varying wood tones add interest to a dark space. (really, any space.) Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of natural light in the space, be sure to add ambient lighting through chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps and/or wall sconces

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GO AHEAD, PULL THE TRIGGER ON THE BLACK PAINT.

There you have it, I rest my case. Hopefully you are now dreaming up which room (or maybe you should just go for it and paint your whole place black!) that you will tackle with this amazing color. And if you get a little scared, don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

With love & design-y dreams,

Lisa Gilmore

GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN MOMENTS

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATION

Photo by Lindsay Guido/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Lindsay Guido/iStock / Getty Images

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day weekend… while many are out drinking green brews, gathering around green rivers (Here’s looking at you, Chicago!) and hoping for the best of lucks - I am reminiscing over some of my favorite green moments with design. To be totally honest, it looks like a large amount of them deal with green velvet…

GREEN VELVET CHESTERFIELDS

There are two things that my design soul loves, and here I get to combine them all. A classic chesterfield + a juicy green velvet. Life, complete. Paired with the colorful antique area rug and its the perfect situation of color, traditional elements and modern whimsy.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography :: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography :: Seamus Payne

CHARTREUSE GREEN DRAPERY

What a fun space this is - silky chartreuse drapery with a pop of magenta on the leading edge. The beautiful green and magenta was delicately sprinkled throughout the rooms offset with rich black walls.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Native House Photography

CHIC CEO OFFICE

This CEO’s office is anything but boring, this super amazing sofa is like sitting on an emerald cloud, pure heaven. I love how the entire room jives so well with the antiques, color, layers of art all while not distracting from that amazing city view!

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

WILLIAM MORRIS WALLPAPER

What would a conversation about design be here, without at least one wallpaper showcase?! I LOVE this classic William Morris pattern wallcovering in this home office. The shades are green are so beautiful with the pops of orange hues.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

OUTDOOR SPACE AT MANDARIN HEIGHTS

This tile for the outdoor space at Mandarin Heights makes us think of an abstract take on the forever famous banana leaf motif.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

Lisa Gilmore Design | Photography:: Seamus Payne

GREEN VELVET SECTIONAL

So, this may come as a surprise to you… (or maybe not at all!) But my personal home has velvet of its own. Everyday I walk into my living room I love this green velvet sectional finished off with the perfect antique brass nailheads. Double bonus - it’s ultra comfy, too!

Lisa Gilmore Design

Lisa Gilmore Design

I’m always inspired by my surroundings for design - there is something about the fresh green hues that our lovely mother nature has to offer that allows my heart to flutter and feel extra inspired for our projects.

So how do you take your green? Would you implement it into your home environment or would you rather keep it in your festive beer?

With love & design-y dreams,

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Admiring green nature  Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC Canada

Admiring green nature

Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC Canada




CHARLESTON INSPIRED SPACES

INJECT A LITTLE SOUTHERN CHARM TO YOUR INTERIOR

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Every once in a while I get the pleasure of visiting different cities and taking in all its history and charm! Charleston has always been at the top of my list, and luckily it did not disappoint. There is this eery yet beautiful calm while walking down the historic streets, and I couldn’t help but envision the architectural beauty awaiting behind each door .

Historic Homes of Charleston

Historic Homes of Charleston

I pictured winding staircases, millwork for days, aged marble, antique chandeliers, layers of pattern and color on wallpaper and furnishing. I imagined if ever given the opportunity to design such a space, how paying homage to the past and present would marry so well in spaces such as these. I believe there is a way to still achieve a classic design while adding a bit of new age flair.

So! I dreamt up my own dining room for this historic home in Charleston, one adorned with classic chinoiserie pattern juxtaposed with more geometric elements. Bringing in the soft muted tones and accenting with pops of color. The push and pull of the space keeps it timeless and stunning all at the same time.

Lisa Gilmore Design- Charleston Inspired Dining Room

Lisa Gilmore Design- Charleston Inspired Dining Room

Till next time!

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DESIGN CHAT:: CLASSIC CUSTOM KITCHEN

DESIGNING THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS…

Monochromatic spaces never cease to make my little designer heart skip a beat. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of color and pattern mixing, but there is something about a crisp white space that carries a calming feeling along with it! With layered elements of texture, metal mixing , and varied tones within pattern and finishes- a monochromatic space will forever stand the test of time with your ever evolving life!

We are excited to share a new custom kitchen we have in the design works for one of our new client’s future home. The lighting tells a beautiful story from the pendants layered over the icy gray quartz island, to the brass and crystal chandelier hoisted above the families dining table. These elements paired with the striking hand painted terracotta backsplash bringing pattern and play into an already gorgeous space. Anchoring all this beauty with soft white toned perimeter cabinetry and a gray washed island. The parquet flooring is the icing on the cake. Worried about being too trendy….. Fear not, this classic pattern will never go out of style!

Lisa Gilmore Design - Monochromatic Classic Kitchen

Lisa Gilmore Design - Monochromatic Classic Kitchen

Till next time!

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