A traditional white crib and white upholstered rocker are layered against walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, creating a neutral nursery with understated glamour. Wall-to-wall carpeting is topped by a sheepskin rug that adds softness and texture. Pretty pink baskets provide storage for stuffed toys.
In the six years since that first encounter, the 1,000 square foot home has become an explosion of design creativity, without a drop of beige to be found. “I started out painting the walls,” Beltran remembers, “I also painted our kitchen cabinets, countertops and floors. I pretty much painted my way though the beige until it was gone.” In the living room, the beige was replaced with an explosion of colors, patterns and artwork, all based around a striking, pink sectional sofa backed by a truly impressive gallery wall.
This bedroom fit for any fairytale princess features a custom made loft bed and carriage table. The pink carpet accentuates the princess theme and adds flare to the tree centerpiece of the space. The walls are painted with a fairytale-esque mural bringing the princess theme all together.
Your coolest dollhouse ever just came to life. Partition walls mark off a living area in this large loft space. Bright pink and purple paint infuses the exposed metal beams with colorful energy and a neon strip makes the room feel as though it were almost hovering above the floor.
Bold stripes behind twin beds set the stage for this space. Fun, playful art keeps the room feeling youthful while the classic-but-modern linens give it a sense of calm and grace. A painted pink and white dresser holds essentials between the beds, and a modern, golden light fixture provides an additional bright element.
This living room proves you can have a small space with big style. Art, furniture, and throw pillows introduce a red, pink, black and white color palette, while smaller-scale furniture makes the most of the limited floor space. Natural light fills the room, making it feel even larger. And the white painted brick fireplace visually enlarges the room.
A gold starburst mirror adds a little color and a lot of glam to this sweet, neutral nursery on New York’s Upper East Side. A traditional white dresser is topped by a changing station, with a soft pink basket to hold supplies. Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.
With a variety of artwork to brighten the white walls, this modern landing invites guests to stop and reflect on the images. A bold print depicting red stockings, pink pumps and green paint is particularly eye-catching. Its black background and white frame complement the stairwell's palette, resulting in a seamless transition from one level to the next.
Designer Claire Paquin continued her beautiful design for this home with the hall bathroom in shades of cream and white and adding hot pink as a pop of color. The walls were painted a soft shade of beige that harmonizes well with the white wall tile, vanity and woodwork. The same shade was employed for the Roman shade she installed for privacy.
Once all natural light has faded, the coral walls of the bathroom appear a pink shade of salmon. When using high-energy colors on walls, many designers suggest testing the paint in several areas of a space, then taking note of how those colors read at different times of the day. This is especially important when coordinating fabrics, tile or wall covering.
"I don't know what my home style is" says Steele. "I like fun and different and colorful." Her study in the front of the house is defined by her eclectic sense of style, with wood paneling brought into the 21st century with chic black paint and a mix of colorful pillows, leopard print and a few hot pink items illustrating Jamie's love of color.
The dining room’s traditional furnishings feel modern and contemporary with a mix of colorful pieces. An IKEA cabinet was painted in a rusty red and hardware was added to upgrade the piece. Pink dining chairs from World Market, a home decor staple in Los Angeles, have a vintage appeal with their fun fan detail. And a tufted settee in white stands out beautifully in the blue dining room.
Ironically enough, before even knowing what the room was once used for, designer Young Huh envisioned it as an art studio—the overhead lighting is that good! Her magical design, called “Young at Art,” explores the allure of an artist’s studio. The walls are covered with Fromental’s Braque (a large-scale collage inspired by Cubism) while a Mason Gerard easel and an array of abstract art complete the design.
The closet, painted a bold pink and filled with cans of paint and figurine palm trees, was a happy surprise.
Flowering crabapple trees paint spring with floral finery that’s tough to beat. ‘Thunderchild’ is no exception. Blush pink blossoms open before deep purple leaves appear, releasing a delicate fragrance. All this beauty belies a tough-as-nails constitution, marked by strong disease resistance (no fireblight here!) and strong winter hardiness. Mature size is 15 to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Hardy in zones 3-7.
Designer Annie Lowengart balances the use of bold color in this home office by painting the back walls of the cabinetry lime green while keeping the doors, shelving and trim a crisp white, mimicking the balance of color in the wallpaper by Katie Ridder. A playful pink sconce adds a touch of feminine to the space designed to be shared by a couple who work in the California tech industry.
It’s not surprising to find that art features heavily in this home, a unique loft-style apartment in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. In the living room, a single oversized piece by painter Erin Lynn Welsh stands out against the exposed brick wall, taking full advantage of the home’s industrial stye. A mid-century modern side chair in pale pink and brass was a vintage find that helped to bring the look of the space together.
The office is where Camille works from home. The space is flooded with light with windows that look out onto the home’s front lawn. The window trim has been painted in a crisp blue, a perfect fit with the home’s pink and blue color palette. A desk with turned legs brings some traditional style home. Camille is great at mixing styles, and a modern Eames office chair in white fits seamlessly into the space. A retreat for the couple’s puppy also fits into the home office decor.
These vintage doors are a clever transition from Angela's daughter's bedroom into her art studio. Angela found the doors, lacquered them and had them put on a track system in order to divide the two spaces. Notice that just beyond the doors in the hot pink studio, the trim color is white as opposed to the tone-on-tone application we've seen throughout the home. Bright white borders on the deep pink tone define the color even more. Another cool trick? When your case goods don't actually match, have them painted the same color simply for continuity. Neither of the tables, chests or dressers in this space were sourced together or at the same time, however the crisp white finish on each makes it look like they were destined to live in the same room.