One of the most memorable rooms in this year’s Decorators’ Show House was the Grand Staircase, designed by Bryan Alan Kirkland. Bryan’s bright and bold approach to his space got so much buzz that we asked him to write a guest post for us. Bryan kindly obliged, and naturally, he chose a topic that he knows a thing or two about—color.
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The choices in today’s world of interior design are practically endless. It can be overwhelming, so try approaching your space the way you would approach your wardrobe—it’s like selecting your outfit for the day. There’s no limit to the colors, textures, finishes, or accessories you choose for your home’s wardrobe.
So many people are afraid of color, and that apprehension is sometimes reflected in the fabrics and paints in a home. Instead of allowing a bright palette to intimidate you, take a moment to understand that color can actually be inspirational, uplifting, exciting, and downright welcoming in a well-appointed room. If you visited the Decorators’ Show House, you can probably guess that I personally love to work with color. As a designer, there is nothing quite as satisfying as selecting a palette of several tones and knowing how to make them all pop—with the right balance, of course.
In my designs, the textures and patterns found in fabrics and wall coverings can coax a subtle color palette to life. The living room pictured below seems grand despite its small size, thanks to the color palette and details. I even blended the art work to coordinate seamlessly with the rest of the space. Notice that the lighting features the same tones as the walls, an effect that balances the final product.
I love to play with just one color in a space. A monochromatic palette can lend a soothing, romantic mood without screaming color. In the master bedroom pictured below, I placed the subtle color of mauve on the walls, trim, ceiling, and even the furnishings. I complemented the color with soft grays and off-whites to complete the design. If you know what kind of mood you want to your space to have, you can choose any color you want—the sky is the limit!
Thanks to years of design experience, I’ve become very adept at using intense colors. Strong color has a place in today’s interiors. It’s not for everyone, but if you want your room to make a statement, bold color can definitely get the job done. If you want to use a more neutral palette, try adding a pop of black and white, or experiment with a splash of bright color. Be bold, take a chance, and remember that it’s all in the details. If you visited the 2013 Decorators’ Show House, you probably remember my space, the grand staircase. The strong color made a statement that I am definitely not afraid of color.
When you decide what works for your home, take a step back and throw caution to the wind. Go bold! Go color!