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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Image via Houzz

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

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Image via Houzz

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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Image via Pottery Barn

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

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Image via Anna Carin Design

5. Create an eclectic look by arranging your photographs asymmetrically

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Image via House and Leisure

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Mint as seen in nature (images via pinterest)

From ocean scenes to fresh florals, mint green hues can actually be found all around us. Linked to both nature and peace, this cool and calming color brings an aspect of serenity to a variety of decor including furniture, walls, linens and more. Its soft, mild tone makes it almost like a neutral, allowing it to pair well with a variety of shades that are both bold and mellow. By adding just a splash of mint to your space to dressing its entire interior, this soothing hue will encourage a renewing energy inside your home that’s as wonderful as a warm summer’s breeze.

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Mint accents (images via houzz & etsy)

Adding mint as an accent color in your room tends to bring out its sweet and playful side. Usually paired against a more neutral background, this sudden pop of pretty provides the eye with a lovely and unexpected resting point that’s both relaxing and beautiful.

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Elegant to rustic, mint accents always look fresh (images via pinterest)

Besides being an ideal accent color, Mint can easily transition from one room to another transforming bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms into airy living spaces that are both beautiful to look at and reside in.

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Mint in the bedroom – A pink floral pattern makes this mint wallpaper extra romantic (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

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Mint in the kitchen – Bringing a mint hue to kitchen walls, cabinets or drawers, creates an area that is both open and airy (image via houzz)

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Mint in the living room – Accenting with darker shades like brown, black or a dark raspberry tone invites a more modern vibe to your space, while still maintaining that fresh and calming undertone (image via houzz)

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Mint in the bathroom – Adding a light mint hue to bathroom walls creates an environment that’s both clean and soothing (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

Whether you’re looking to update your home or apartment, or fashion your next DIY, consider inviting a touch of mint to décor for a refreshing change that may be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

We would love to see how you incorporate mint into your space! Make sure to share all your Mint Makeovers with us on Facebook or Pinterest!

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metallic silver poofs add sizzle to this decor by Jonathan Adler

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A Moroccan influenced decor with golden accents

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A silver lamp plays off of the light of the room

Hollywood Glamour metallic accent bathroom decor

Hollywood Glamour metallic accent bathroom decor via decohollywoodblogspot.com

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Chevron Stripe Wallpaper via Brewster Home Fashions

Chevron Rug Jonathan Adler design via House Beautiful

Chevron Rug Jonathan Adler design via House Beautiful

Chevron Stripe Rug home bunch via pinterest

Chevron Stripe Rug from Home Bunch blog via Pinterest

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chevron stripe nursery decor via adoreyourplace.com

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chevron stripe upholstered chair image via decor pad

 

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Spring 2014 Color Trends for home Decor

 

Decor Color Trends 2014

Decor Color Trends 2014 as Observed by our Creative Director Paula Berberian at Maison et Objet

Colors! Pantone are the color authorities and our go-to resource for color trends.This year the color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid and we have already seen the hue start to take off in everything from pillows to jewelry, wall decor, and clothes. Striking an equilibrium with the imaginative purple hue, pretty pastels like hemlock green, placid blue and soft violet are balanced with dazzling blue with a cobalt tendency, celosian orange, freesia yellow and cayenne red. Sand and paloma grey bring thoughtful neutrals to the mix for a sophisticated poise. We were certainly seeing a lot of orange on the runways at FWNY last week, as well as delicate blushing pinks and purples and olive greens with plenty of black, grey, cream and white. Walking the halls of Maison, pink was the belle of the ball. Deep coral pink tones, as well as mid-tone pink pastels were gracing home decor products across the boars. Mid tone pastels including sage, yellow and pale blues were also popular, in addition to plenty of timeless taupes, beige and grey neutrals.

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Western influences via Hooked on Houses

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Miss Print Guatemala Wallpaper tropicana print and subtle retro via design milk

Prints! Western prints and themes have been picking up traction. We have been seeing more antlers and quirky taxidermy influences in decor, as well as global versions of Southwestern prints. Think Ralph Lauren American cabin inspirations, with plaids, checks and ropes as well as animal pelts. Dhurries, colorful area rugs indiginous to India, were prevalent, layering floors with a mix of worldly patterns and contemporary prints. We are also seeing a lot of Tropicana inspirations like pink flamingos, bananas and palm trees. Subtle retro looks that have been simplified for a sophisticated, modern appeal are everywhere. In the same category, Geometrics reminisce on the 80′s, but with a fresh perspective. Flower prints took on a pixelated, blurry look for a futuristic yet pretty effect. Baroque influences were also evident across all sorts of home decor looks. Cultured, ethnic inspirations are still very much in. Beautiful blooming florals, watercolor florals and elegant textures were prevalent, as well as traditional designs with new techniques.

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Mimosa Lane Decor Tropicana theme wallpaper pink bamboo

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via BRABBU brass influences with cobalt blue and retro light fixture

Building Materials, Textiles and Finishes: brass was plentiful, and gold, as well as heaps of copper and dark metals, along with feathers, wood, and stone, including marble and agate and chunky knits. Painted furniture is chic. Innovative DIY types are upcycling pieces that may have gone unnoticed with fresh colors. This trend has emerged way beyond white, with bright turquoise, chartreuse, yellow and bubblegum pink reinventing even the plainest of jane furniture into desirable pieces.

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via Hooked on Houses bright painted furniture brings new life to outdated pieces

More Notable Trends: Accessories, especially lamps, were designed with soft faceted angles, like cut gems with obscure shapes. Pendant lamps continued to grow in popularity, now in even more colors. Wallpaper, including graphic designs, geometrics, glamour prints and trompe l’oeil effects like marble were taking walls to new levels of captivation. Dimensional accent effects like beads, sequins, and raised inks were also popping up on walls and textiles for a heightened interest in decor. Typography and graphic branding design, like retro neon signs, ironic logos and street-smart snowboarding and skateboarding graffiti style words were featured on the runways and in decor, too.

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faceted orange lamp via Better Homes & Gardens

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fashion Week 2014 via Stylesight.com

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Faceted lamps via Vogue Best in Show from Maison & Objet 2014

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Modern floral prints and orange trend by Peter Som via Stylesight.com

Decor Color and Design Trends 2014

Decor Color and Design Trends 2014 as observed by Brewster home Fashions Creative Director Paula Berberian at Maison et Objet

 

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Zebbie black & white zebra print wallpaper from the Zinc collection

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Zebbie Taupe Zebra Print wallpaper from the Zinc Collection by Brewster home Fashions wallpaper

Zebbie Taupe Zebra Print wallpaper from the Zinc Collection by Brewster home Fashions wallpaper

Flavia Grey Embossed Snakeskin wallpaper from the Tresca wallpaper collection

Flavia Grey Embossed Snakeskin wallpaper from the Tresca wallpaper collection

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Talamanca Beige Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper from the Ibiza wallpaper collection

Jimmy Choo's living room with a leopard print rug photo via Elle Decor

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Python Olive Snakeskin wallpaper from the National Geographic wallpaper collection

Talamanca Blue Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper fromt he Ibiza wallpaper collection by Eijffinger

Talamanca Blue Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper fromt he Ibiza wallpaper collection by Eijffinger

Donatella Versace living room mixes animal prints photo via Elle Decor

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