Esteemed designer Alessandra Branca has always been passionate about color. Growing up in Rome as a child, she would steal away to churches in the afternoons to fawn over the history-rich Renaissance and Baroque art emblazoned on the walls and ceilings. “Caravaggio, Giotto, and Raphael shaped my color sensibility,” says Branca (HouseBeautiful). It’s no surprise, then, that when putting together her new line for Schumacher, Branca was first and foremost concerned with color. Here, we see a color palette she put together by mixing pigments when beginning the design process:
You can easily see common threads between Alessandra’s interior design portfolio and her new line for Schumacher:
Red & Black:
Red & black is known to be Alessandra’s signature color story. Here we see the hues played out in her designs for both a townhouse living room in Georgetown and a hallway in Chicago. Her new Schumacher collection is predominantly of the same theme, but in a more vivacious shade of rouge that has a slightly pink undertone.
Crewelwork and archival florals, plus damasks reminiscent of 1800s are patterns that Branca is naturally drawn to in her work. The new fabric line draws inspiration from these classical patterns, as well, but takes on a more modern point of view with pumped-up hues.
Branca has infused a smidgen of Persian flair into her line with a large paisley pattern in three different colorways. Here, her design for a dining room does the same by combining paisley wallpaper with classic red, white and blue decor.