Moody and Modern Design by Rebecca Hawkins Interiors
This article originally ran on REstyleSOURCE on January 3rd, 2013…but we’re bringing it back as a part of our #TBT–ThrowBack Thursday–series! A great way to catch up on some of our most stylish posts that you may have missed the first time around, watch this space every Thursday for a different new-old favorite!
dare to go dark
WRITTEN BY JAIMEE ROSE * PHOTOS BY JEAN ALLSOPP
Rebecca Hawkins decided to be brave. The kitchen and formal dining room in her Birmingham, Alabama home are filled with light, so when it came to paint, she went dark.
“Everyone that comes in comments on it: ‘I never would have thought to paint that black’,” says Rebecca, an interior designer. “Dark walls are gutsy. I say go for it. The walls fade away and make everything else stand out, just like white would. But the dark paint adds more depth to the room.”
“And in a way, I think they do reflect so much light,” she says. “They make colors pop.”
Color was an important part of Rebecca’s scheme.
“I love white, and I love neutrals, too,” Rebecca says. “But I think everything’s so much more happy when you’ve got some color.”
In her kitchen eating area, she started with a rug she found in San Miguel de Allende while working on a project and built from there.
“We needed a place to eat, and I didn’t want your typical table. Also, I’ve got children, so it couldn’t be an expensive room.”
Hawkins made the bench, painted it yellow, and added a cushion. The white dining table is from Ikea, and the chairs are by West Elm. Kravet fabrics and a painting add sophistication.
“It just came together,” Rebecca says. “I love how the yellow bench makes everything pop.”
“I love lacquered rooms and lacquered walls,” says Rebecca, who tried an inexpensive lacquer-look in her formal dining room. She used three coats of Farrow & Ball high-gloss paint in Pelt, and put high-gloss polyeurethane over the top of that. “If you want a shine on really dark walls, it’s a cool trick,” she says. “When the light hits the walls, they bring even more light into the room.”