Surprisingly, You Can Create an Airy Room Using Dark Details

Is it possible to create a light and airy palette using wood beams and leather accents? Well, one look at this inviting space designed by Carly Waters proves that you can, as long as the other facets are vibrant. An off-white couch blends with the color of the walls for a calming effect, which jives with the same feel of the blue shades in the large area rug underfoot. The coordinating artwork above the fireplace and simple open shelving adds to the casual atmosphere, as the glass-topped coffee table allows for a clean sightline. All of these laid-back furnishings pave the way for heavier details — like the leather chair, matching ottoman, and wood beams — to make a statement without overpowering the layout. Always consider balance when working with textures and colors on either end of the spectrum: your room should have an equal amount of both in order to look this good.

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Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.