Thursday, March 21, 2013

Can A Bruise Be Pretty?

Have you heard the saying, “ He is black and blue all over?”
I think we probably have all heard that one  that refers to a bruise. Can a bruise be pretty? Well, I think the colors of a bruise can be very pretty when used in a room.

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Today I am going to talk about Black,White and blue all over, and I am referring to how it can work in a room.

Of course this has a lot to do with the fact that I love this combination for my own home and will be using it in my family room for my winter look.

I thought it would be fun for you, my wonderful readers to see other rooms that have inspired me while perusing cyber space.

It won’t be a look for everyone, but it is a dramatic, handsome, sharp look, and one that I can embrace.

As you look at all of the images, notice where the black is used. Sometimes it is subtly incorporated as in the above image by using it in the chairs.

There are times it is in your face!! Here it is used in the rug, chandelier, and the  chairs. A bit much for some and just perfect for others.

It is a real balancing act to get this combination right.

When using a high contrast mix like black and white you really have to use restraint, and look at the room in its entirety.

It is not for the faint of heart.

Sometimes just using black frames and one simple accessory like the suitcases will be just enough. Also notice how great the dark door knob looks on this beautiful blue door.

Here it is used boldly as flooring. Even the blue is used boldly in this dramatic wall color.

There is a lot of white and blue with just a touch of the black and white in this room. Love the little addition of the yellow here.

It looks great for your wardrobe as well, especially when paired with wonderful gold jewelry.

In my observations I have noticed it is all about the balance when using strong colors, or any color combination for that matter.

Each individual needs to decide for themselves which color they want to speak the most loudly, or do they want all colors to have an equal voice.

These are questions we all need to ask ourselves when ever we are combining any colors in a color scheme for a room.

It is very difficult sometimes not to get a look that is contrived or expected when adding colors in a room.

Next time you look at a room in your home, do you have your colors dispersed in your room in a nice flowing manner, or does your eye jump from one color to the other like stepping stones.

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You know me, I always have to give you something to think about!!  

Can you see yourself adding a high contrast color to your home. Is it hard for you to balance your color scheme in your home? 

Let me know what you think in the comments. I love your feedback!!!

If you would like to see more of bruise colored rooms go HERE to my Black, White and Blue all over board.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love this post...and I am thinking about what you have going on at your house! :-) Have a great weekend!...bugs...Debbie

NanaDiana said...

You certainly found some beautiful examples of black and blue together....gorgeous- xo Diana

Sarah said...

I'm a fan of black and blue used together, especially in my wardrobe. I haven't really used it together so much in our home, at least not in a bold way. Like all these inspiration photos. '-)

Elizabeth Day said...

You certainly know how to get us thinking for sure. I am thinking about how I want to furnish and accessorize my new enclosed back porch once it is finished and I am seeing the need to perhaps add a touch more black than I had originally thought. Oh me, so much to consider.

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Those are the exact colours I chose for me new home gym! For me, black, white and blue is a classic combination and one I'll never tire of!
~ Wendi

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'll never look at a bruise the same was again, lol. Love bright blues with black and white. (I'm blogging again, hope you'll stop by sometime to say hi.)

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

The rooms you show in this post are beautiful and demonstrate how perfectLY blue and black work together.
I have Silver Strand by SW paint through out our home. It has a bluish tinge. The rest of our home is primarily black, white with lots of gold other metals! It actually is the perfect backdrop!
I have noticed that the CEO latest is blue and black!

Ivy Lane said...

Lovely!!! ALL OF IT!

Linda Hartong said...

The black touches keep the blue from being "sentimental". Paired with black it is very sophisticated and fresh

Linda Hartong said...

The black keeps the blue sophisticated and the blue keeps the black fresh.


I love black and blue together! Especially when you throw in some white and a tiny bit of turquoise :)

Donnamae said...

Great post Kathysue! Lots to think about. I love blue and white with a touch of black...but I seem to end up with basic blue/white, with lots of other colors mixed in because I have family pieces, that I love! And, I'm fine with that! ;)

The Buzz Blog said...

As people who bruise very easily, we say that black and blue is a great color combination! In fact, we were just watching Rachel Zoe and she had one a great black and blue outfit on when she went to the Paris shows. Love all the look here. Have a great weekend, Kathysue!
C + C

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

longs their not on your body - i'm good with the combo :o)

The enchanted home said...

Now that you put it that way...bruises never looked so pretty. I actually a few "bruised" spots in my home too:) A touch of black with blue and white accents and I have to say I love love the look and combination. Crisp but dramatic. Enjoy your weekend!

Melinda said...

You hit the jackpot for me , love it all!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Winter look? Am I supposed to have more than one look on my rooms? It is hard enough to figure out the main one. Love your images and am really looking forward to that family room reveal.

Nancy in Denver said...

Your taste is obviously terrific, but for me.....NO BLUE!!! I love the photo with the yellow flowers, but not the surrounding room. Blue is such a cold color.....I might have a SMALL accent of green/blue somewhere in my room, but that is all.

The black and white is great, but spice them up please with something warm!

Merlin said...

Nice! I've always read that every room should have some black in it. franki