Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This House in Nantucket Is Not Afraid of the Dark


I really gravitate more toward light and airy rooms, especially when it comes to houses near the beach. But then I saw this bedroom in a house in Nantucket with dark brown walls that still managed to be light and feminine, and I was surprised by how much I liked it!

The same house has this navy-blue dining room, so the owners are clearly not afraid of dark colors. Here's the room from a different angle that shows the fireplace:


What do you think? Do you like it? Could you live with rooms this dark? To see the rest, visit designer Tom Scheerer's website. This house is part of his portfolio.

P.S. Check out Nicolas Cage's Garden District Mansion in New Orleans on my other blog today.

22 comments:

  1. While these rooms are attractive, I'm not as drawn to them as the lighter and airier rooms you mention. I don't think these rooms would appeal to most people. The rooms look to me like an attempt to be very different just for the sake of being different. And, changing the color in the future is going to be time consuming and require a lot of paint.

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  2. Oooh I love it. It's like a clean slate that makes everything else around it pop!!

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  3. I think lighter colors are better at the beach, however, the big blocks of white wood and accessories help offset the darker colors. The darker colors make the rooms more formal to me which is the direct opposite of beachy for me.

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  4. I love the chocolate brown walls!

    The drapes I thought seemed short though and I am not sure about covering the boxspring in a fabric and then leaving the white coverlet on top.

    But overall I love the look of the room.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love color. Having the dark walls becomes more of a neutral when everything else is light. I like it! Different is good....

    ~Misti

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  6. I like it, but I'd definitely go with lighter and brighter colors in my own beach home. If I had one. But loved the post, regardless!

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  7. I prefer lighter colors, but I think these rooms look nice. I wouldn't be able to live with it very long, though. It wouldn't be long til the walls were light grey-blues, pale sage greens, and off whites.

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  8. Ya know...It is really very striking, indeed!

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  9. Hi Julia,
    I think it does not look bad at all - on the contrary. I think here the system simply has been turned around - while most folks use light walls but furnish with dark wood etc. - here the white furniture and other asseccories lighten up the dark walls. An interesting play.

    Btw - that house you mentioned in your post really knocked me off the socks with a good chuckle. While a house such as this would drive me crazy I have to admit that there is some sytem in it. When you are crazy then you have to be crazy all over - LOL! At least those folks love colour which makes me assume that those are humorous and funny people. Would that be true?

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  10. Our guest/kids bath walls are painted black- love it!

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  11. WOW! That's a new take on a beach cottage! I don't have enough natural light to pull it off, but it looks stunning there!

    Just wanted to let you know about my crazy about chalkboards party on Friday, June 26th, hope you can join me (I'm gonna be hooked on chalkboards that day :)

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  12. It's pretty, but not for me. I really like cool, light colors.

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  13. anything I don't have to paint or design.....I think is great :) Love your pics!

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  14. It's different thats for sure. I guess it would grow on me as i love anything unconventional.

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  15. I (mostly!) always love dark colors in others' homes but am petrified. That, and the man of the shore house is firmly against so I throw him a bone. ;-)

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  16. Yes, I could live here! Love the dark wall hues!

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  17. I think they've done a great job because there is still so much white to lighten things up. I'm not crazy about the dark brown but that's probably the last color I'd choose for anything. And I agree that the drapes are too short. But I love that navy dining room. I think it looks fabulous with the white trim. I think it's a fabulous house.

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  18. I don't like dark walls, and I'm not a brown or navy blue person. So this decor gets a double ixnay from me.

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  19. I usually like more light & airy colors - especially for the bedrooms - but I think these rooms look great.

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  20. I love the bold color and the clean contrast. The nautical navy and white is Nantucket! and I'm also fond of the dark Chocolate brown with the sand and navy accents. This home should have one of my paintings in it though. Thanks for posting. ~Christopher Wheat

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  21. I love the navy blue room! Especially with all of the white accents. Very nautical. The brown room - not so much.

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  22. Love the navy room, love dark walls -- depending on the setting and the woodwork! I've had a deep blue dining room, and a deep green library -- loved them both. And years ago, in my first rental, I painted the bathroom deep cocoa brown, with glossy white trim. My brothers joked about brown walls in a bathroom, but I loved it! Cass

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