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Lisa's "Black, White & Cool" Room

Black, White & Cool




Winston-Salem, North Carolina



Colors Used

sky blue, moss green, distressed white, black

Color Inspiration

Our family of five was a little scared of moving from close quarters into a spacious house. Splashing our favorite colors on the walls helped make our new house a home. Knowing we would be inside more often than in our Florida home, we brought in a lot of summery blues and greens. We painted a bright grey-blue on the walls in this family play room and then added leafy blue curtains and the black and white striped rug (yes, *that* rug) from IKEA. A cozy moss green velour couch from a second-hand shop and loads of books on a distressed white bookshelf helped give the space personality. Although this room sat empty the longest, it is now one of our favorites - its whimsical vibe and textured colors attract all of us. Our kids call this room the zebra room!

Color Tips

If you have a favorite color or two, don't be scared to use them. Have fun and play with your colors in all shades. If your kid (or your partner or the voice in the back of your head) suggests a giant black and white striped rug (or some other crazy piece that seems to reflect her or his personality), buy it and see what happens. Once you have the big color (walls, rug, large furniture) in place, take your time with the accessories and don't be afraid to let something sit in the space a while before making a decision about it (keep the receipt)! Making mistakes and switching things up is such fun.

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Comments (24)

love this room perfect scale and design great way to reuse and be the front runner!!

posted by jillritchie on October 27, 2011 at 9:09am
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What a fantastic room!

posted by Cashew on October 26, 2011 at 1:02pm
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what a beautiful apartment!

posted by ShelbeyCampbell on October 26, 2011 at 12:54pm
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or *home, i should say :)

posted by ShelbeyCampbell on October 26, 2011 at 12:54pm
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I think this is my fave so far. Love the shade of blue and the bold sofa and black and white rug. I love the bookshelf, I've never seen one like that.

posted by HeyNowTex on October 26, 2011 at 1:11pm
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Um, yes.

posted by armstrongdesign on October 26, 2011 at 2:47pm
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One of my faves so far

posted by MartieMartie on October 26, 2011 at 2:48pm
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Beautiful! I love how she uses different styles and brings them all together!! Very cool!

posted by mobrien on October 26, 2011 at 7:06pm
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bold, fun and awesome

posted by katlia on October 26, 2011 at 8:38pm
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The colors are done very well, but I admit the bookshelf won this one over for me.

posted by DovieAnn on October 26, 2011 at 8:43pm
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Oh my gosh, I have the chair that matches this couch, and I've been considering a black and white rug for a while. Thank you for inspiring me to finally take the plunge! Your room is gorgeous!!

posted by cakowalik on October 26, 2011 at 10:02pm
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Really super use of colors & textures!

posted by Sue from Bealicious Life on October 27, 2011 at 9:37am
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I love! The bookcase!

posted by alisonann on October 27, 2011 at 9:39am
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posted by Dawn W on October 27, 2011 at 6:26pm
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Your room has such a lovely organic feel to it! WHERE did you get that sofa & bookshelf???
~ Gwen

posted by Gwen from ChloesWindow on October 27, 2011 at 11:37pm
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WOW !!! I Love it !

posted by Wilma's Wonder on October 30, 2011 at 10:28am
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Thanks for the complements, everyone! The bookshelf is from Bramble & Co. and the couch I found at a great little secondhand shop in Winston called re-Tale. I loved decorating this room!

posted by littlerazz on October 31, 2011 at 11:59am
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i have the exact same color in my living room. love it

posted by lorrinm on October 31, 2011 at 2:39pm
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Love the black and white accents.

posted by RowRowRow on November 3, 2011 at 11:40am
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Love that Bookshelf!

posted by Sacha on November 5, 2011 at 2:58am
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Crazy for that blue.

posted by jendavid1000 on November 9, 2011 at 4:39pm
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I'm in heaven just looking at this perfect, happy room. Please, what color did you use on the walls? Good luck!

posted by Sattin on November 10, 2011 at 1:24am
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the black and white rug makes this room look really nice! Love your couch too and the wall, great color combination! :) :)

posted by mahzer&vee on November 14, 2011 at 4:52pm
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I love your mix of styles, and the color combo is just perfect!

posted by jednakasia on November 16, 2011 at 3:26pm
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