how to style a dark built-in:
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A lot of the same rules apply when you’re styling a light built-in versus a dark one! Tips like grouping and layering apply when you’re styling almost anything, but we have some extra tips for making sure your accessories stand out in a dark setting, without blending in.
But you don't want everything to stand out, and we love a moody element. Pairing a couple different dark colors together allows your eyes to rest while will still creating contrast and depth. Our love for tone-on-tone applies when the tones are dark, too!
Using items with a dark texture makes even more of a difference! Wood tones and woven materials are a great medium color with textures that open up the shelving as they compliment metallics like silver and brass. When you have a cool tone as your paint color, using brass accessories is a great way to bring warmth!
Frames make the space feel personal. Whether they're displaying a photograph or a piece of art, they really bring your space to life. Our tip is to make sure you stagger them in the shelving so it's not overwhelming!
You don't want a built-in to be full of tiny objects. We like to use boxes and baskets that are substantial enough to fill the space and provide a secret place of storage. It's a great way to incorporate both form and function!
These tips apply to both new and old items, but you can shop this look at McGee & Co. Make sure to tag us in your photos on instagram if you style our product in your built-ins!