Dark colors never looked so calming in this family home filled with moody hues

Each room feels complete yet everything is meant to be sat on and enjoyed,' says Brittany. 'We also wanted to bring in color subtly, so here the kitchen is accented with a black island and the surrounding cabinets are white.

In the eat-in kitchen, a custom light installation by local Philadelphia lighting designer Natalie Page adds the wow factor and provides a pleasing contrast with the custom breakfast table in blackened ash. The drapery is in a sheer off-white linen, with black iron hardware.

There's a change of pace in the family room, where it's the family room furniture ideas rather than the walls that provide the dark dramatic touches. Not only does it look good, but it's a practical choice for a space with youngsters and dogs around.

Anyone looking for home bar ideas can't fail to find inspiration in the family room's smart bar area, which makes great use of room's the back wall and echoes the kitchen's black cabinetry and Calacatta marble backsplash and counters.

The living room was separated from the rest of the downstairs open-plan spaces by a steel and glass door to give some privacy while still allowing it to be visible for all areas. It's not often that you'd see black walls included in living room ideas for a family home but there's a coziness and a sophistication about the room, with Farrow & Ball's Off Black shade on the walls.

'Apart from the walls, the showpiece in this room is the oversized (120'' long) abstract painting which really adds a splash of color,' says Brittany. 'This was a vintage piece we sourced from an auction.'

Next to the window, custom shelving has been painted to match the wall. The curved sofa is a custom piece in ochre-colored velvet and the chairs are upholstered in a cream bouclé. The chandelier, from Visual Comfort, adds a touch of glamor to the space.

Deep purple cabinets in the butler's pantry add the perfect pop of color. The butler's pantry is off the dining room, so the dark walls make a nice progression from the textured wallcovering in there.

The modern bedroom ideas in the primary suite include one of the designer's favorite design elements: 'A rope-wrapped lantern piece from Cuff Studio that is a true moment,' says Brittany. 'We love how it looks with the light on and the light/shadows it creates and it casts the perfect soft bedroom lighting.'

Each of the girls' rooms has a specific color theme, with this one being lilac with a floral mural. Built-ins around the window, and a bespoke window seat provide plenty of storage and display space, as well as a desk for studying. 'We wanted the bedrooms to feel timeless but still connected and special,' says designer Brittany.

Before we leave this beautiful home, shall we just take a moment to appreciate the powder room ideas, and in particular this custom floating marble vanity? Dark and dramatic, like the paint color on the walls, the smallest room in the house becomes a big design moment with impact.

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