Black and White Home Reveal


I am dumb and it recently dawned on me that I never do total reveals of the spaces I design. You might see a photo or two on instagram or a post featuring one photo, but I started thinking that you guys might want to see an entire space and how it works together. I also included the major moves we made to acheive these looks.

Below is the living room, dining space and kitchen areas. In Nashville, open floor plans are how most of the newer homes are built. So as you walk in the front door you can see all three spaces at the same time.

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Major Moves

There were a few major moves that we made in this space that really changed the game.

1. Black Paint. So you might be thinking black is a risky move. But limited to a dining room, powder room or smaller space, it really can make your home look more dramatic and expensive.

I used Caviar by Sherwin Williams, in this space. But Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams has a little brown hues in it, so it appears to more of a warm black.

2. Wood plank fireplace. The tv used to sit back into a hole above the fireplace, and of course it had a mantle. We filled in the hole and used MDF for the wood design. This look would be less difficult with horizontal, straight planks versus a design.

3. Open shelving in the kitchen. We made a few crucial changes in the kitchen. Obviously the tile was a big choice, but taking down the cabinets that surrounded the windows and use acrylic shelves really made a huge difference. We also moved the microwave, above the stove to the island and put a sleek vent in instead.

This home has so many other rooms that I’ve designed that aren’t featured in this post, but we have to have a second shoot to capture those rooms. I will share with you guys when that happens.

Let me know whatcha think?

Photos by Nick McGuinn.


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  1. April, I love your work and attention to detail! So beautiful! I love how you matched the crown molding with the given wall color. Was it difficult to get the mitered corner to look ok with the two joining walls?

    1. I would love to sa that was me but the people who work for me are excellent craftsmen.:) thx for the support

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