Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have gone seductively dark in their living space – and designers say we should do the same
There are trends – and then there are teachings from this power couple. Here's what we learned about color from their home
It's hard to look at Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and not follow their lead. Hollywood's favorite couple (arguably, at least) has a way of setting both fashion and interior trends – and the latter comes into play with their beautifully-dark living space.
In a post, Blake, known for Gossip Girl and The Age of Adaline, offered a glimpse inside the home she shares with actor counterpart Ryan Reynolds – and we're taking notes on one thing above all: their color scheme.
Blake's dark living room has indisputably moody but chic undertones, from the exposed industrial brick wall – to the dark brown cabinetry in the open-plan kitchen. She has added lighter-hued furnishings – creating a juxtaposition against the dark wood and walls – and vibrant artwork that adds further color to the space. It's a masterclass in room color, and interior designers agree.
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'A room that is painted a dark color can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, especially when paired with warm lighting and soft furnishings,' says Michigan-based designer Emily Waugh. She recommends opting for light-colored sofas, chairs, and tables to 'create a striking contrast against the dark backdrop.'
'The darkness can make colors and textures in the room pop, creating a visually striking and sophisticated look. And, it can also conceal imperfections and create a sense of depth, making the space feel more spacious and inviting.'
Emily is the founder of Grand Rapids-based studio W Haus. An interior design graduate, she is known for her collaborative approach to design and an exceptional eye for detail – creating 'creating meaningful spaces that capture her client’s style.'
Following Blake and Ryan's lead – pairing a moody base with lighter furnishings –is the best way to style a dark room. However, it's also essential to consider the texture.
'Introduce materials like wood, rattan, or brass to bring warmth and texture through items like wooden coffee tables, cozy rugs, or textured throw pillows,' Emily says. This combination of light and warm elements helps to soften the overall look of the room and create a visually pleasing balance.'
And should we need any more convincing – the designer says that dark rooms –much like Blake and Ryan's are topping color trends this 2023. Though, with its dramatic yet cocooning impact – and approval from Hollywood – we expect this look is more than a fad.
'The popularity of painting rooms in dark colors stems from the desire for bold and dramatic aesthetics. Dark hues such as deep blues, rich browns, and even black have become increasingly favored for their ability to create a sense of luxury, elegance, and personality in interior design,' Emily says.
This shift represents a departure from the previous trend of all-white and neutral spaces, as people seek to infuse their living environments with more character and individuality in 2023.'
And why stop at color? We're buying our way into Blake and Ryan's New York home with these picks below.
For that all-important texture, we're looking to this ottoman, inspired by the statement piece in the couple's home. Its rectangular seat features shaggy, Mongolian faux fur upholstery that is sure to impress.
This Oriental area rug brings a bold and traditional aesthetic to any space. It exhibits a central medallion design in rich red and blue hues across a paler blue background and looks especially great on dark wood.
Featuring soft upholstery (in stylish turmeric like Blake's) and a distinct rounded design, this loveseat is the perfect way to inject vibrancy in dark-painted rooms (but looks great in any space).
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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