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Can I choose dark colors for the bedroom?

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The bed in my bedroom is upholstered in beige and cinnamon and the bedside tables are dark walnut hardwood. What colors would you recommend for the walls and the bedside tables? What color would you suggest for the curtains? Can I choose dark colorsfor the walls?"

Our recommendations 

You could use dark shades to highlight focal points, e.g. the wall behind the bed painted in deep purple and a soft shade of magnolia applied to the others. The bedside tables can be painted in either the shade of magnolia or the cinnamon shade of the bed, depending on what color appeals to your taste in order to maintain a lighter or darker atmosphere in your bedroom.

Regarding the curtains’ fabric you could choose delicate organza or linen in ivory to match with the decoration style of the room.

Sliding panel blinds in dark purple, or floral curtains in opaque fabric are good selection for a deep, restful sleep.
Benefit from the positive energy the black color has to offer, by using it selectively in details, such as spotlights, picture frames, even in the fabric patterns of the cushions.

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Another option could be the following color scheme.

Combine cobalt blue, on a wide stripe on the wall behind the bed and the ceiling, with the color of sand on the others. A rich chocolate shade for both the curtains and draperies is a good selection. Combine silver details to add elegance to the relaxing atmosphere the blue color offers. 

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How can I create a cozy nook by the fire?

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Reader's question:

"I would like suggestions on how to make the fireplace nook in my home feel cozy. The room has hardwood flooring, timber windows and wood crown moulding. The fireplace is covered in ornate stone veneer"

Our recommendations:

In designing this space, we drew inspiration from the warm and cozy atmopshere of bistro lounges, where friends can enjoy each other’s company by the fire.

You can build a floor to ceiling set of oak bookcases and cabinets flanking the fireplace. The bookcase checkerboard pattern matches the fireplace stone veneer. The lower part of the bookcase on the right features a log holder.

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How can I decorate a long & narrow hallway?

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Reader's question:

"How can I decorate a hallway, 4 meters length by 0.95 meters so that it doesn’t look like a long, narrow tunnel?" 

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