Home Sweet Home: It’s all about COLOR!


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Family Room designed by Nancy Galasso & Richard Cerrone for Lillian August Furnishings + Design
Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerrone of Lillian August Furnishings + Design didn’t shy away from color in this gathering area. “Because the space leads to the pool and covered porch, we envisioned it as a place to hang out with friends,” Galasso says. “It feels inviting, boho-chic, and fun.” The patterned Manuel Canovas window panel fabric jump-started the duo’s design. Complementing textiles are punctuated with texture—note the metallic cork wallcovering, woven stool, and oversize Balinese basket. The sofa, sumptuous chairs, and coffee tables with clamshell tops and cast-stone bases are all available through Lillian August. A dazzling “Light Drop” chandelier by Studio Bel Vetro caps the elegant assembly.

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Ikat textiles come in a wide array of colors and designs, as shown by this lively trio.

A bright saturated blue kitchen, it’s bold and beautiful.
Paint color: Race Lane by Ralph Lauren

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Master Bedroom designed by Eddie Ross for Lowe’s
Mix master Eddie Ross made sure the eye-catching master bedroom he designed for Lowe’s wasn’t too overwhelming. “A neutral space was key to layering in the colors and patterns, allowing the eye to rest before you go on to the next,” Ross says. To reflect light and avoid weighing down the room with too much color, the designer had the walls painted in high-gloss white. 
An array of happy hues and prints appears throughout the suite—see the teal velvet bench and the armchair with pink upholstery by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair. The coral table skirt fabric is from Thibaut. Ross’ “sophisticated kaleidoscope of color” appears on the old-style canopy bed with carved bamboo frame. The portrait above the fireplace reminds the designer of Jackie O.

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A single painted wall can bring both warmth and a jolt of color to the space; coordinating drapes ensure that it translates seamlessly to the rest of the room.
Photography by Nicole LaMotte


The use of indigo dye in textiles transcends cultures, appearing on African mud cloth (left and center) and shibori from Japan (right).

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Junior Master Bedroom designed by Matthew Frederick
The statement maker in this room by Matthew Frederick is the custom teal secretary with yellow interior by Browne & Moore. “It’s a modern take on a classic Biedermeier design and is updated for the way people live and work today,” Frederick says. The bold space boasts an appreciation for art and a good cocktail—and includes a tufted chenille sofa for catnaps. A klismos-inspired desk chair with brass detailing provides a perch for work time. An aged-copper pendant speaks to the salt-air’s effect on the mineral.

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Helena Wierzbicki; Acrylic, 2012, Painting “Time dissolves”

Lush, gorgeous greenery can increase the curb appeal of any home, but that doesn’t mean your front door has to play second fiddle. 
There’s something about plum that makes it feel whimsical and daring but historical and classic at the same time.
Photo by Peter Zoeller/Design Pics/Getty

While the thought of painting your cabinets fire-engine red might stop you in your tracks, think again: It’s an arresting shade fit for the heart of your home. Fresh, not stodgy, a lively red with a hint of orange can be a style shape-shifter depending on what lives in the room with it—red plus a farm sink, a well-worn wood table, and copper pots adds up to a rustic-chic French-feeling space. But when mixed with midcentury wishbone chairs and mod pendant lights, for example, red comes across as chicly contemporary.
Paint color: Blazer from Farrow & Ball
Photo by Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive

La robe verte, Andre Brasilier. French (1929 – 2004)

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Bedroom designed by Rajni Alex
Rajni Alex pictured this jewel-tone bedroom belonging to “a young woman who understands the refinements of a modern sensibility, yet still has a rebellious streak.”
 The blue wall in an agate motif tinged with gold was hand-painted by Caroline Lizarraga. A CR Laine daybed upholstered in green velvet is punctuated with a contrasting cushion and lavish pillows. 
The lacquered built-in with brass inlay opens to reveal a rich orange interior and a lot of storage. Hand-embroidered draperies enhance the eclectic air. A vintage rug, sculptural side table, and acrylic-spiked mirror button up the bold escape.

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Emerald Green: A Whole Lot
Emerald walls have the ability to swing from edgy and fun to formal and proper, depending on the types of pieces you fill the room with. 
Traditional-leaning pieces, like an antique sideboard, will tone down the color a bit, while modern, sleek pieces in bold hues will only up the drama. For the best of both worlds, go for a mix of styles.

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Playroom designed by Chris Mead for English Country Home
Slipcovered chairs pull up to a French oak dining table where acrylic book holders allow curiosities to be explored.

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Over-the-Top Charm
This den proves that a bold palette, a riot of pattern, and heirloom furnishings can still feel cozy and approachable. Warmth comes in a number of forms, and in this case, the fact that the room is bursting with myriad motifs and prints makes it feel all the more intimate. 
Design tip: A tight color palette—here focused on teal and red—keeps the various patterns and shapes in check and prevents the room from feeling too busy and unfocused.
Photography by Tony Vu

Ikat textiles

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Bedroom designed by Vintage Interior Design
Rachel Florez of Vintage Interior Design turned this bedroom into a woman’s study that is a dream in purple. A custom jewel tone desk anchors the space while a Lladro chandelier dazzles overhead.

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