Exclusive Designer Decorating Tips: How To Use Bold Colors & Print

After seeing how many of you responded to our posts on designer tips, we’ve decided to cover a Summer Designer Tips Series! From now through August, we’ll feature exclusive tips from top interior designers!

First up is a look at how designers approach bold colors & prints. Check out these pointers from Timothy Corrigan, Ellie Cullman, Campion Platt & Keith Baltimore on how to make bright patterns and hues work beautifully in a room:

Timothy Corrigan, Timothy Corrigan Inc.

This delightfully exotic dining room designed by Timothy Corrigan is steeped in bright, bold colors. He started with the traditional, clean lines of Italian 18th-century Neo-classical chairs, each upholstered in hot pink, electric blue, vibrant purple or green velvet, and used that as a basis for the room. Because the space was very long, thin and not conducive to art pieces, he delivered high drama with the tented ceiling and upholstered walls with hand-painted fabrics.

Timothy’s Tip: “While it may be difficult to live with major color in a room that one spends a great deal of time in, the dining room is a space that is only used for short periods of time, thus lending itself to an extra dose of color and drama.”

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Ellie Cullman, Cullman & Kravis

Ellie’s favorite color is red, and she loves using it in interiors (her NYC living room is done in the hue) because it “adds warmth and energy to a space.” In this Palm Beach family room decorated by Cullman & Kravis, the saturated walls are complimented by the neutrals found in the carpet, curtains, and the boarded pecky cypress ceiling. The pillows also temper the patterns in the room and add texture with intricate embroidery detail. The artwork has the same coral tones as the walls, and in order to keep it from competing with the sofa’s print, they chose a series of six framed photographs rather than one large piece.

Ellie’s Tip: “Balance and scale are key when using bold colors and patterns in a space. Mix large and small scale patterns on different upholstery forms. This creates interest without causing one piece to compete with the other.  The ‘U’ shaped sofa is covered in a striking abstract print that has a ’50/50 mix’—half color, half neutral.”

 

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Keith Baltimore, Baltimore Design Center

Keith Baltimore loves color, and he uses it with great confidence and panache according to his clients’ personal preferences. In these two striking adjoining rooms, he used pinks, greens, mauves, and plum, punctuated by crisp white. You can see that he really thought about how the colors and patterns would flow from room to room. Here, the jagged chevron stripe echos the large diamond print in the foyer.

Keith’s Design Tip: “Mix and match colors and patterns without being afraid – have fun with design, and think about how they interact with outdoor views of greenery and natural light.”

 

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Campion Platt, Campion Platt

In this room, Campion Platt built a color scheme around his favorite color, which is lavender. The architectural fireplace has a deeper metallic purple to it while the prominent furniture pieces bring in the softer lavender hues. What really makes the space feel complete is the wide variety of textures, ranging from fur and silk to sheers, giving it a luxurious look that complements the modern “bones” of the room.

 Campion’s Tip: “Greys, whites, pinks and cool reds work well with lavender. If you want that rich downtown look, add some ebony chocolate brown or black.”

 

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