Black & White Photography as Art in Décor

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Classic, timeless, artsy, sophisticated, cultured, these are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the illustrious pairing of black and white. Outlasting both trends and changing fads, this chic color combination remains a constant style icon in both the home décor market and beyond. By merging this tasteful union with pictures, prints and unforgettable moments that have been captured on film, you suddenly have a new and stylish way of decorating your home that remains both memorable and everlasting.

Tips & Tricks when Decorating with Black & White Photographs:

1. Bring dimension and symmetry to a long hallway by lining each wall in black and white photographs of the same shape and size

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2. Bring an element of surprise to your room by covering a vibrant wall in black and white photographs

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3. Mix both small and large photos to add interest to your space as well as keep the eye fascinated and moving

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4. Mix in one or two print’s that aren’t black and white for a pop of color

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5. Create an eclectic look by arranging your photographs asymmetrically

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How To: Decorating with Geometrics

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It’s no surprise that geometric patterns have made their way from Greek art to fashion to furniture, wallpaper, rugs, pillows and more! They continue to lie at the heart of great design and can transform even a drab room into a chic and stylish sanctuary. Geometric designs help to both modernize a home’s look and bring visual interest and depth to a room with a variety of simple shapes including diamonds, chevron prints, hexagons, circles and waves. Finding the right way to incorporate these uncomplicated prints into your personal space can be a headache and challenge when knowing where to begin may seem like an unending puzzle. However, we found with just a few elementary tips and tricks, decorating with geometrics can be as simple as pairing wine with cheese and black with white!

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Starting with easy, basic changes is the first step to transforming your room into a modern oasis. Some simple ideas include hanging geometric style art or paintings with a modern twist on walls, redoing shelves or bookshelves incorporating square, diamond or block print patterns and finally bringing in a chevron rug or pillows as accents to your décor. Just remember that geometric prints are both bold and loud so only changing a few pieces is necessary.

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Geometric rugs are a wonderful solution to starting small. They bring both texture and balance to your room without being overpowering (image via Pinterest)

When working with geometrics, the two most important tips are making sure that the colors in the room flow properly together so they are not competing against one another, as well as the ratio of prints to solids is balanced. You need to have a place for the eye to breathe, away from all the attention grabbing elements. By creating spaces that are clean and devoid of design, your room will be proportional and inviting rather than busy and unwelcoming.

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A perfect example of balance, a geometric wallpaper offset by a solid duvet cover and pillows (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

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With coordinating colors and perfect balance, this room provides a wonderful example of geometric decorating done right (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

The last tip to keep in mind when incorporating geometrics into your room is when layering patterns and prints. Keep scale and balance in mind, offset smaller prints with slightly larger designs so they work together rather than overpowering one another.

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A large scale geometric rug offset by a small scale contemporary art design (image via decoist.com)

Have your own tips when decorating with geometrics? Share them below!

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Hampton Style: Airy Linens & Fresh Blues

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Hampton Style Inspiration

Imagine yourself…toes in the sand, a warm summer’s breeze on your back, the sound of the ocean in the distance – this is the epitome of Hampton style. It’s about mixing clean, fresh hues with rustic outdoor elements, and surprisingly with wallpaper it’s not that hard to achieve!

Hampton style originates from the popular seaside vacation destination along Eastern Long Island in New York and tends to embody both a classic and contemporary décor style offset by natural and rustic influences. Colors tend to include both fresh and neutral tones that work to open up your homes interior to a light and airy feeling throughout. This makes linen décor and upholstery a popular choice both for its natural and casual look as well as its effortless appeal.

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Beige Cadenza Wallpaper by Warner Textures

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Amalfi Cream Linen Stripe by Kenneth James

By starting with a neutral, linen textured wallpaper as seen from above, the stage is already set to create that perfect Hampton style getaway. By adding some imperfect touches such as driftwood accents or natural details that may include plants, shells or sea glass displayed in a jar, you have created the perfect combination of classic style meets rustic tranquility.

Adding a pop of light blue to décor is another way to achieve that breezy and serene vibe that seems to follow Hampton style. White and blue combos tend to bring ocean elements to the forefront with hues that remind of us glistening blue skies or the rippling enchantment of the ocean.

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Blue Tonal Leaf Trail by Fairwinds Studios

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Harira Blue Moroccan Trellis by Decorline

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Whether you favor a Moroccan Trellis design or an elegant swirling Damask, each of these patterns bring Hampton inspired detail to a space created from this fresh and relaxing blend of light and natural tones.

Still wondering how you can bring Hampton Style to your home? Leave all your questions and comments below!

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