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There is something so visually appealing to me about bright colours layered into a milky, all-white space but without the right elements the space can feel juvenile. The best way to create a mature and sophisticated space when decorating with brights and whites (and trust me when I say that these two are total BBFs) is to create a texture focus to balance the tension between the two elements. In this space we can see how a rustic dining table is paired with a set of bare wood wishbone chairs (which, as an aside, is my favourite dining chair) and this marriage of tactile textures helps to soften the contrast between the layered brights and white base palette. In fact, what looks like a relatively simple scheme is actually full of interesting details on close inspection. For example, I love how the weathered flea-market find ‘R’ letter is juxtaposed with the clean, glossy finish of the pastel Smeg fridge. Suffice to say, I would be super pleased if this was my dining room! What inspires you about this colourful dining room?

// Photography by Tara Pearce | via At Home In Love

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Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.

15 Comments

  1. This is a beautiful, friendly space. I love those doors – the detail in them is echoed in the wishbone chairs. Any kitchen with a Smeg fridge is OK with me – on my wish list 🙂 x

  2. I have always dreamed of a pastel pink Smeg fridge but worried it would make a kitchen look too pretty and princessy – not so in this space! I love the wooden doors and brighter orange to contrast with the pale pink. Also, yes to bunting every time.

  3. I’m not that much in to pink when it comes to interior design (just flowers 😉 ) but I really like the pink Smeg together with all the white and the wodden table!

  4. Beautiful pic, Will. This is what I love as well. Creamy whites and beautiful raw wood texture.The dining room chairs are amazing. I have the raw wood x backed chairs from Restoration Hardware, myself, but I would have loved to have found these.

  5. Leslie-Anne Reply

    White and wood and lots and lots of colour = my favourite decorating scheme. I love this room.

    • @Susan – I bet it looks fantastic! Lindsey was telling me how stylish your home was when we shared dinner together in London a few Friday’s ago.

  6. Hello,

    I love bright white and the vibrant colours. It really adds to the brightness within a room. Much better than darker shades of cream.

  7. Love this space. The bunting looks great – really fun and just the right amount of colour. White rooms with a touch of rustic are so warm and inviting. I also think the doors match perfectly with the chairs. If only my kitchen was big enough for a smeg and pink too – my fav colour :O)

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.