Seeing a Room with Fresh Eyes: Compare and Contrast

Seeing a Room with Fresh Eyes: Compare and Contrast

Carolyn Purnell
Jun 24, 2014
(Image credit: Nathan Steinbach)

You've looked and looked. You've rearranged. You've bought and sold. You've thought about texture, and you've reconsidered colors. And still there's something not quite right about your space. Here's a simple tip that might help you get some new perspective.

Put it in black and white!

(Image credit: Carolyn Purnell)

It may seem simple, but looking at a black-and-white photograph of your space can help you notice elements that you may have otherwise overlooked, and it can even help you figure out if there's something off kilter with your color scheme.

Are the colors too similar in tone, making the room a sea of washed-out color? Is there enough contrast to give the space visual interest? Is there too much contrast, making your space overly stark or harsh?

I loved Jamie's house tour first and foremost because of all the bright, luscious colors, but as you can see, her space is even balanced in black and white. There's enough free space to let the eye rest, but there's enough gradation in tone to keep it interesting. The dark area on the left side of the room (the side table and bed frame) is evened out by a dark bench on the right side, and all in all, the visual weight of the room seems balanced.

Remember, sometimes all it takes to get a room feeling right is a bit of fresh perspective!

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