I loved the picture gallery on Remodelista on Jagged Edges. I have noticed this trend for a while, but didn't have the right words to express it. I always thought of it as highlighting raw materials, but jagged edges is better.
I have been trying to catch up on my 90s classics, so I just watched Danny Boyle's first film, Shallow Grave. It is a dark comedy where three soulless roommates bury the fourth roommate in a shallow grave, and then spend most of their time in their apartment slowly going mad.
Luckily for them, the apartment is lovely. High ceilings, lots of natural light, soothing colors, and minimal clutter. I am guessing that this apartment was built on a sound stage (but I could be wrong) because there is always light pouring in, but you can't see anything clearly out of the windows.
Each room has its own dusty color pallet.
One of my favorite paint effects is how both sides of a door are painted a different bold color. When the door is open, it allows the color from the neighboring room, to spill over. It turns every doorway and archway into a portal for an accent color.
A few days ago, I saw Vermeer's The Art of Painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum museum in Vienna. It got me thinking about checkerboard floors, and how they are timeless.
These floors are both casual and formal, classic and contemporary, simple and bold, and on and on. They work in your garage, in a ball room, and in your grandma's house. They even look good in linoleum.
You can do them in tile, marble, wood, paint, carpet....sky's the limit.