Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors

Contrast is one of my favorite design tricks to use to create a powerful statement in a space. It’s a simple concept that can be used in a variety of ways, including color, texture, and styles. One of my favorite classic contrast looks is light walls paired with dark floors.

This look is so elegant and timeless. It instantly elevates the sophistication of a space and gives it that “wow” factor before you even introduce any furniture. It’s completely versatile so it can suit any style you like and can be easily personalized to your tastes. The most classic choice is dark wood floors with white walls, but there is a lot of room to explore within this look.

Another great thing about rooms with light walls and dark floors is that it doesn’t matter how large or small the space is. In a large space, it creates a beautiful statement that pulls everything together. In a small space, you can enjoy having the dark floors while the light walls bounce light to make it feel larger.

Here are 10 rooms with light walls and dark floors to inspire you.

Rooms with Light Walls and Dark Floors

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comCrisp white walls and a white sofa contrast beautifully against the rich, dark wood floors, allowing them to stand out.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the natural light bouncing off the white in this room illuminates the beautiful wood grain in the floors.
Source: Thistlewood Farms

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe original fireplace is able to serve as a beautiful statement in this room, joining the floors and the walls.
Source: My Domaine

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe dark floors ground this all-white kitchen so you get a nice balance between warmth and cleanliness.
Source: Home Bunch

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe light walls don’t have to be a stark white to get the same effect. This soft taupe still creates contrast in a more subtle way.
Source: Architectural Digest

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe wood beams wonderfully mimic the dark wood floors and pull this room together.
Source: Desire to Inspire

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comWhat an entryway! All the dark wood really stands out thanks to the white walls.
Source: Domino

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comAgain, wood beams carry the darkness of the floors upward, this time in an elegant hallway.
Source: Style Estate

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft blue on the ceiling compliments both the white and dark flooring to make this space more dynamic.
Source: My Design Chic

Creating Beautiful Contrast with Light Walls and Dark Floors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe gray tile backsplash was a perfect choice to blend the dark floor and white cabinets.
Source: Desire to Inspire

Always so chic!

Warm regards,
Megan

Home Tour: Laura Dern’s Eclectic LA Retreat

Actress Laura Dern has created a home that is as unique and artistic as she is, featuring incredible artwork, film set mementos, and elements from nature. The main color palette for the home is black and white, but there are well-selected pops of color through every room that give it plenty of personality.

The most impressive part is how much she has embraced nature in the home. Most of the rooms are almost entirely surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the forest surrounding the home to be appreciated even while you’re inside. There is also tons of natural light that makes it feel bright and open. In the decor, there are touches of nature, such as plant life and wood pieces.

The house isn’t huge, but the high ceilings, natural light, windows, and light-weight furniture make it feel spacious and open. If you want some ideas on how to make a small space feel larger, you can pick up some great ideas from this home.

This beautiful home tour courtesy of Architectural Digest is definitely unique and offers a lot of inspiration. Enjoy!

Laura Dern Home Tour

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comModern furniture, charming artwork, and a blue area rug bring a lot of character to the white living room.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comFloor-to-ceiling windows blur the lines between interior and exterior.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comThe light fixture over the dining room table looks like wild branches, which is perfect for the nature-inspired space.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comA splash of blue on the walls is lively and cheerful in the master bedroom.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comGorgeous greenery surrounds one of the sitting areas, making what few walls are in it practically disappear.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite cabinets keep things sleek and modern in the kitchen, not to take away from yet more windows.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comThis black and white modern vignette looks like it was taken straight from an art gallery.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comA built-in banquette in the kitchen is the perfect spot for breakfast and casual meals.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comThe outdoor area is just as charming as the interior with more modern furniture and a low-maintenance gravel ground.

Home Tour: Laura Dern's Eclectic LA Retreat | HomeandEventStyling.comThe master bedroom is simple and spa-like, also open to the stunning woods outside.

What a unique home full of personality!

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis

During the summer, I start dreaming about tropical vacations. The sea, the sand, the palm trees. Not all of us live near the coast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the coast to your own backyard, even if you’re landlocked. You can easily create a tropical patio with the right landscaping, colors, and decor.

Palm trees, of course, will make a world of difference in making your outdoor space feel more tropical. There are many different types of palm trees, so consult with a local expert (employees in the garden center at your local hardware store will be able to help) to find out which ones would be the best for your area’s climate. If you don’t have the space for palm trees, you can buy potted ones or even purchase some fake ones that look very real to put around your patio or balcony for the same effect.

Color also plays a big role in making a space look more tropical. Bright coastal colors, like greens, blues, and yellows are great choices to make it cheerful and beachy. Any style can look tropical depending on the accents you choose, whether you want to go rustic, modern, or anything in between. Incorporate coastal textures like driftwood and wicker to make it even more authentic.

Here are 10 tropical patio ideas to inspire you and give you some ideas on how you can transform your outdoor space into your own oasis.

Tropical Patio Ideas

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comCheerful blue cushions and yellow accents pop against the tropical greenery surrounding this patio.
Source: PopSugar Home

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comRustic meets coastal on this gorgeous patio full of rich textures like wood, wicker, and stone.
Source: How to Decorate

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comYou feel like you’re in the middle of the jungle on this patio. White cushions and curtains make it look chic and comfortable without taking away from the incredible surroundings.
Source: Apartment Therapy

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a minimalist look that is tropical, white elements contrast beautifully with the greenery and rustic wood accents.
Source: My Domaine

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comHow charming is the chevron pattern on the sofas? This tropical patio has a Moroccan flair that gives it lots of character.
Source: Brit.co

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comTurquoise accents and other coastal accessories bring your mind right to the sea.
Source: Southern Living

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comYellow always looks very chic when paired with black and white stripes, which also brings a chic touch to the gorgeous greenery surrounding it all.
Source: Traditional Home

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comThis patio has a great bohemian, laid back vibe. How pretty is that blue and white tile?
Source: Old Brand New

10 Tropical Patios That Feel Like an Island Oasis | HomeandEventStyling.comI love the antique, rustic vibe of this gorgeous outdoor dining room that you can imagine sits in the middle of the jungle or looks onto a beautiful sea.
Source: House and Leisure

Now I want to go to the beach!

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You’ll Love

There are certain combinations that never go out of style and are hard to get wrong. White and gray is one of them. The pairing is always elegant, chic, and classic. It works for any room in the home, but white and gray bedrooms are particularly stunning.

White and gray bedrooms work so well because they are relaxing. It’s a soft palette that is both uplifting and serene, which is perfect for a bedroom where you want to wake up with energy but go to bed in a place that is tranquil. Since it’s a neutral palette, it’s also incredibly versatile so you can mix it with any style – rustic, glamour, cottage, modern, you name it – and it can be as feminine, masculine, or gender-neutral as you’d like.

Here are 10 white and gray bedrooms that show how fabulous this combination can be.

White and Gray Bedrooms

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comA tufted white headboard looks chic and elegant against the gray walls and carpet.
Source: Flaunt & Center

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comMirrors bring a touch of glamour while looking monochromatic against the gray walls, and some wood accents provide a touch of warmth.
Source: The Every Girl

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comThe gray accents provide contrast to the white bed and walls for a look that is dynamic, yet void of color.
Source: Hello Fashion

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comGold accents and the wooden bench break up the white and gray to make the space more dynamic.
Source: Becki Owens

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comEven though this room is airy and completely neutral, it feels cozy thanks to the wonderful textures like the shag rug and paneled ceiling.
Source: Style Estate

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comThis bedroom proves that simple can be beautiful (and even a little glamorous).
Source: Life on Virginia Street

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comA dark gray against white wainscoting looks rich and elegant in this gender neutral bedroom.
Source: Traditional Home

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comBlonde wood is a great complementing element to gray and white, especially in a minimalist space.
Source: Belivin’ Design

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comSimple antique and shabby chic elements bring a lot of character to this simple gray and white bedroom.
Source: Decor Pad

10 Chic White and Gray Bedrooms You'll Love | HomeandEventStyling.comSoft shades of gray provide some depth to all the beautiful white elements in this space.
Source: My Domaine

So timeless and chic!

Warm regards,
Megan

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf

If you are looking to add some style, comfort, and/or extra seating to a space, a pouf can be your best friend. These chic accessories have become very popular in home decor lately because of their brilliant mixture of casual style and functionality. They are similar to ottomans but instead of being solid like typical furniture, they are soft and pillowy. This contributes to the more relaxed look of them.

Poufs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making them wonderfully versatile. You can use them in a living room, entryway, bedroom or anywhere else in which you would like to have a place to put up your feet or offer extra seating. Because they are so stylish, they work as general accents, too, such as under a console table in a hallway. (You can always grab it if you ever want to use it as seating in another room, too.)

Here are 10 ideas for decorating with poufs to inspire you.

Decorating with Poufs

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comTwo white poufs visually blend with the ottoman and area rug to keep the space feeling open while also supplying extra seating.
Source: The Glitter Guide

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comThe layering of rugs adds some extra character to this living room and balances the pouf with the rest of the arrangement.
Source: Home Bunch

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comColorful poufs in fun patterns are the perfect seating for a kids’ playroom.
Source: Lonny

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comTwo gold poufs fit perfectly under the coffee table to keep them out of the way in this small living room when not in use, and even add a touch of glamour to the decor.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comThis gold pouf looks very chic in this home office and is the perfect item to put your feet up on during a busy day at work.
Source: The Glitter Guide

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comThe fabric on this pouf adds some extra charm to the space, as well as extra seating.
Source: Domino

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comThis pouf is out of the way under a bench in this vignette and makes it look more dynamic. It coudl also extra seating anywhere in the home when needed.
Source: Havenly

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comThe mixture of a pouf and a small table create a unique, eclectic look at the foot of the settee.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s another example of a pouf under a console table, this time off-center for a more relaxed, asymmetrical look.
Source: Country Living

Accenting Your Space with the Perfect Pouf | HomeandEventStyling.comA pair of poufs is a great choice for decor at the end of the bed. They offer you the perfect place to put on your shoes before heading out and help the bed make more of a statement.
Source: My Domaine

Love them!

Warm regards,
Megan