Thursday, February 11, 2010

Getting Dramatic Results With Black and White Cottage Style

Metro Chic Cottage

I am going to kick up the cottage look up a notch with a style I will call "Dramatic Cottage" or "Metro Chic Cottage".

Vintage Sette With Black Fabric

As you can see, once you start working with black (and white), you will really see some very dramatic results. Look how fab this vintage sette looks with black fabric and white painted trim.

Introducing Color

Keeping with the black and white idea, this wonderful one of a kind needlepoint chair becomes more playful with white painted arms and legs. And the floral fabric adds color to the black and white furnishings.

Forget About Pastels..... Think Black And White Cottage Styl

Painting A Cottage Dresser Black

Next let's talks about the cottage dresser. What a difference it makes when this dresser is painted black instead of the usual white seen in many cottage style homes.

Wake Up Your Black and White Palette With Kelly Green And Yellow

But life would be too boring if you just stayed in black and white. So add other colors such as Kelly green and yellow
or peach or rose colors.

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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  1. Funny, I decided a few weeks ago to paint some of my white stuff black. What a difference!

  2. I have always loved the black and white and use pops of color.. Most any color cn be used with black and white. Love this topic.