For inspiration, I love taking an “out of the box” stroll through design blogs in Australia. While living in Sydney, I noticed that there was a fusion of a traditional British vibe with something far more edgy in interior design. Of course, many stunning spaces there are filled with abundant natural light, where “white” thrives, which is why these images over at The Design Files caught my eye– really dark, brooding spaces but with an odd element of warmth. The owner, Debra Cronin of Debra Cronin Design actually sought out a “crumbling Victorian mansion” on the outskirts of Sydney, where she could work her magic and “embrace the age of the building and distress of the crumbling walls whilst creating a warm and inviting atmosphere with oversized pieces”. Take a look– if you dare.
I’m expecting Tippy Hedron and Alfred Hitchcock to walk through that doorway at any moment~
The designer actually lives in this space! It also houses her design firm and something called the Bite Club – a “unique underground dining experience”.
So obviously these spaces are at the far end of the “dark and moody” spectrum. Dark color can be used to create drama to great theatrical effect. My friend Courtney Lake just interviewed me on the subject of “Embracing the Dark Side” over at Centsational Girl . And if you need more “dark” drama to get in the mood for Halloween, take a look at my Pinterest Boards: “Dark and Moody” and “Black Love”.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN !