• Stephanie Sarris

Spring Forecast: Blooms + Bold Hues

Interior design trends are heading in a much more colorful direction. In fact, this season’s motto could be “Go Bold *At* Home.” This is a welcome departure from the pale neutrals we’ve all been using as our color palette over the past few years. Of course, understated elegance always has a special place in my heart. But what an invigorating challenge it is to combine maximally saturated color with an elegant general design feel/direction. How do you pull this feat off?

Everyone’s risk tolerance is different, but here are some examples drawn from recent projects of clients unafraid to go bold.

Let’s begin with an example of my walking my (bold) talk personally. Last summer gave me the opportunity to design the third-floor landing space for a circa 1880 stone mansion on the Lake in Milwaukee. What began as an uninteresting passthrough space became much warmer and more welcoming through painting the back wall in Benjamin Moore’s Heritage Red. This saturated hue served to draw visitors up the stairs and guide them to the beautiful rooms off this space. Of course, adding richly textured damask chairs, a modern console and gorgeous blooms via a collaboration with The Milwaukee Flower Company ( https://www.milwaukeeflowerco.com/ ) gave a reason to linger right there on the landing.

Perhaps red walls are beyond your comfort level. There’s more than one way to introduce richly welcoming color to a space. In this client’s living room, a neutral wall and floor steps back and allows vibrant indigo upholstered pieces, mixed with a batik-print drapery and pillow fabric, to shine. And the gorgeous area rug by Oscar Isberian ( http://www.isberian.com/ ) masterfully mixes mid and dark indigo tones with rust, blue’s complimentary color.

If you still prefer neutrals, you can still go bold with pattern. This bathroom’s wallpaper, is actually a metallic natural grasscloth with a bold geometric added. While silver, gold, and cream are technically neutral colors, this wallpaper’s effect is not retiring. Add in a few pops of dark peach towels and the result is a bold declaration of this client’s taste and point of view.

Inspired yet? Not sure? Take a look in your closet and – besides black – what is your favorite clothing color? That’s a good place to begin your own signature color quest. And if you need help, I’d love to hear from you!