I was lucky enough to stay at my favorite hotel recently, The Edition in NYC. Oh, how I love this place! While staying there I am always inspired by the interior design. So much so, that in the moment, I am mentally redesigning every inch of 1865 City House.
What makes it so appealing? It’s the repeated use of contrast. Or in other words “opposites”. Light colors with dark colors. This is the best tool in a designers tool box!
Contrast works in paintings:
Contrast works with food presentation:
Contrast most definitely works at The Edition:
At The Edition light oak floors paired with dark wood entryways and beautiful dark oversized beds create contrast at its best. The high contrast concept is implemented with variations on the same theme all throughout the hotel. Even the artwork is great vintage black and white photos in glossy white or black frames.
Here are a few examples of contrast for interiors:
Contrast (light vs dark) is important when designing a room. It is an easy way to make a statement and add personality to your spaces.
Even monochromatic rooms can be visually exciting when paired with strong accents in constrating colors. A room without any contrast can be quite boring. I recommend taking a step back, or better yet photograph your spaces to ensure they are inviting, interesting, and have a good deal of contrast. Often it is just a matter of adding a few dynamic colors to update the entire look!