Contrasts in Decorating (and desserts!)
The art of using various contrasts in decorating is a simple way to create stand out spaces. It’s an often-used, and very effective, tool to have in your bag of decorating tricks.
Today’s room (and recipe) show some creative and interesting ways to use it.
This room featuring our Townsend bedroom furniture is a perfect example of using contrast to take elements that would otherwise be very simple and elevating them to another level – rustic elegance.
Here are three ways they created this look using the art of contrast:
Crisp, clean white walls may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re creating a space with dark, rustic furniture but this room proves that it can be a good choice. The juxtaposition of light against dark makes the furniture pop and you really appreciate it’s beautiful, rustic simplicity.
Using a cooler, crisper white adds just a bit of a modern edge that a warmer white may not have been able to do.
So much texture in this space, and it really makes the room. The simple clean lines of the rustic wood furniture set against the smooth white walls and light and airy glass of the ornate chandelier is a visual treat.
A variety of textures in the bedding as well as the rug and accessories finish off the look.
Rustic elegance combines traditional details like the crown molding, window and wall trim, and an ornate chandelier to create a beautiful backdrop for the straightforward, no frills design of the furniture.
We love the mix!
I was first introduced to a lush (the dessert recipe kind) at a friend’s house recently and decided that it definitely needed to be added to my list of recipes.
Hers was a butterfinger lush and, while really really good, it was also very rich. So I did a little research, mostly here and here, and combined a few different recipes to make a chocolate lush that was a little less rich, still yummy, and would work visually for this post. I think you’ll like it :-)
Just like our room which uses contrasts in decorating, this recipe is simple but has the high contrast neutral color scheme and a great mix of interesting textures and flavors that raise the bar.
Crunchy, crumbly oreo crust plays against the sweet and creamy cream cheese layer, while the pudding adds a touch of gooey goodness. The final layer of whipped topping is soft, light and airy – and oh, so, good. The perfect chocolate lush (imo :-) ).
(A little detail that I added to the recipe – and realized later that you can’t see it in any of the images – was walnuts. Love the different flavor and unexpected soft crunch (different than the oreo crunch) that they add to the mix.)
Here are the details:
- 32 Oreos
- 6 TBSP butter
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 16 oz. Cool Whip
- 1 cup confectioners powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 2 – 3.9 oz. pkgs instant chocolate pudding
- 3 cups milk
- 1 piece or bar of Semi-Sweet baking chocolate
Crush oreos into small pieces (I used a ziploc bag and then cut it open and used a small spatula to make sure I could get all of the oreo goodness out at the end – it tends to stick to the bag). Melt the butter.
In a medium sized bowl, combine oreo crumbs and melted butter. Press firmly into an unbuttered 9×13″ baking dish to form the crust. Refrigerate.
Beat cream cheese until smooth, gradually adding in confectioners sugar. Fold in one cup of Cool Whip. Spread this mixture evenly over the Oreo crust.
Sprinkle walnuts evenly over the cream cheese layer.
Whisk pudding mix and milk together until completely mixed. Instant pudding will set up fairly quickly but give it a minute or so before spreading over the cream cheese/walnut layer.
Spread remaining Cool Whip on top (I didn’t use quite all of it – seemed too much – so use your judgement).
Using a vegetable peeler, shred chocolate bar (you won’t need much) onto a piece of wax paper. Lightly sprinkle the chocolate shreds over the dessert.
Refrigerate your chocolate lush until ready to serve. Cut, eat and enjoy!
How have you successfully used contrasts in decorating (or making dessert for that matter! :-) ). We would love to hear about it in the comments.