Good Designs for Good Friday

By Sam Ferris

Holidays are fleeting, but good designs are forever. In honor of all things good, divine or otherwise, here are six designs that will leave you mesmerized this Easter, Passover holiday.
Photo by Regan Baker Design
In two words: Midcentury Appeal

Why it?s good: Black and white are like Dolce and Gabbana. They just belong together. And honestly, there isn?t a more appropriate color scheme when you?re referencing the 1950s. The penny rounds backsplash is jarring in a genius sort of way, too.
Photo by Terry L. Irwin Architects
In two words: Italian Opera

Why it?s good: From the floor medallion to the vanity curtain to the arched ceiling, this powder room is all about theatrics. And boy, does it put on a show. Iron-wrought mirror and candelabras? You bet. Brick accents on the ceiling??
Photo by Ryland Peters & Small
In two words: Shabby Chic

Why it?s good: It?s artsy. Not the pretentious, I-have-better-taste-than-you kind. More like the ?OMG, is this real life?? kind.? Thankfully, it?s very real. The neutral color scheme has just enough pop (like the yellow flowers and green leaves) without taking away from the room?s vintage look.
Photo by Gregg Mackell, 186 Lighting Design Group
Photo by Gregg Mackell, 186 Lighting Design Group

In two words: That. Onyx.

Why it?s good: That. Onyx. It?s so raw, like earth, wind and fire. But really, it?s especially stunning because it?s framed like an art piece at the Louvre, leaving the white tile resting quietly in the background. Balance is key.
Photo by Eleganza Tile
In two words: Future Eats

Why it?s good: We imagine most kitchens will look something like this in 2030. And if they don?t, they should. The wood look tile on the floors is nice, but adding it to the wall is totally forward-thinking. The minimal black cabinets contrast the tile?s movement, and the result is a cohesive dining space.
Photo by Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living
In two words: Barnyard Living

Why it?s good: The barn door was a clever way to isolate the bedroom and create both the privacy and safety that our bedrooms often possess. Plus, keeping the space bare captures the essence of barnyard living: simplicity. That?s interior design.