There is something mystifying about a well-designed space, and even more so when it unexpectedly manages to bring bright colors or bold patterns into harmony. Because we love to lust over beautiful interiors, we reached out to Memphis’ premier designers, architects and builders and asked them to share some of their favorite, inventive uses of colors and patterns, and the results are breathtaking. Peruse these wonderfully innovative spaces, and be inspired to experiment with colors and patterns in your own home.
Ami Austin of Ami Austin Interior Design creates a gorgeous balance of bold colors and stunning prints. Rather than having too much of a good thing, Ami brings just enough of each element to this dazzling dining room. “I was able to balance the bright green wall covering by using softer shades of the same color variation with the chandelier, window treatments and rug selection,” says Ami. By seeing the big picture, she is able to bring the room into harmony, rather than focusing on smaller features.
This lavish powder room is striking with its slate walls and metallic accents. The metals unite with the pattern of the slate to create a powerful and pleasing duo.
Gusmus Construction and Selena McAdams of spruce
Understated neutrals and distinct colors are a match made in design heaven. Gusmus Construction and Selena McAdams of spruce revamped this home with surprising pops of unique and underused shades that delight the senses.
This gorgeous, moody library has an aura of elegance and mystique from the charcoal gray and the deep shades of red.
This Belleair Mediterranean-style residence is a captivating renovation from John Harrison Jones Architect. The sunroom was dramatically changed by adding more exterior windows, allowing a fresh layer of bright paint and a variety of bold patterns in whimsical hues to find harmony basking in the natural light.
Lindsey Black and her husband Josh knew they wanted their home to be both bold and timeless, and RKA Construction brought that vision to life. Starting with the kitchen, Lindsey picked a statement shade and designed the rest around it. “The green we chose is deep and rich, but still bright, and I love the way the brass fixtures and hardware stand out against it,” she says. “The handmade terracotta zellige tile backsplash is subtle enough that it doesn’t compete with the cabinet color, yet is still interesting with its color and texture variation.” By choosing bright shades for the counters, the backsplash and the island, they were able to offset and complement the darker hues of the cabinetry.
By continuing the use of walnut as an accent in the master bath, Lindsey carried design sensibilities from the kitchen to the master bath for a sense of continuity in her home. “I loved the patterned floor tile from the minute I found it, and, because it is so bold, I kept the wall tile white, but used a large hexagon with a dark grout to highlight the shape,” says Lindsey.
Teresa Davis of Post 31 Interiors designed the bedroom of our dreams, and we could not be more in love with this stunning floral wallpaper and the way that the rest of the room integrates its subtle and moody color scheme. The contrast of bright whites and creamy ivories with the depth of the charcoal grays is breathtaking.
This incredible, modern living room designed by Greg Baudoin Interior Design, with the help of architect Carlton Edwards and Archer Custom Builders, is the ultimate in subtle uses of color and patterns. Small statements can change the entirety of a space — the gallery white paint on the textured brick allows the artwork to pop, while the steel-clad color plays off of the cut velvet in deep tones of midnight and charcoal on the chair. “These colors are a nod to the Veda Reed and Mary Sims paintings flanking the fireplace,” says Greg. Use a beloved work of art or a statement furniture piece to inform the rest of a color palette, and the design is sure to be cohesive and stunning.
The dining area in this repurposed warehouse space utilizes similar and cohesive design aesthetics as the living room above. The decorative pillows contain tones of yellow, lavender, taupe and charcoal that effortlessly accent the Kit Reuther painting.
Playing off the hues and rich colors of this bold rug, Rhea Crenshaw of Rhea Crenshaw Interiors created a warm and seductive space with the convergence of several dramatic, yet subtle patterns with the rug, throw pillows and the drapery. Each of her options does not compete with the others, but rather they complement the overall space.
Using the same pattern on the bed and window treatments, with diverse designs on the bedding and headboard, Rhea helps bring kinship to the diverging color and pattern. Each pattern complements the others, either in color or style.
Using a color scheme of rich browns and soft neutrals, Rhea matched the textures in a way that makes the colors and patterns coherent within the room as a whole.
The focal point of this B. Gaines Interior Design bedroom is the exquisite upholstered headboard. This stunning textile-turned-headboard fabric from Sarkis Kish Oriental Rugs creates a spectacular art-forward focal point for the bedroom, and the deep shades of gray serve as a striking contrast to the bright whites of the bedding.
This custom kitchen design by Karen Kassen, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer with Kitchens Unlimited, in partnership with Jim Herbst, integrates an exciting and unexpected use of bold color. Karen and Jim used quarter sawn oak for the hutch with a windswept finish technique, topped off with a zinc countertop. The combination of both subdued and vibrant shades makes this space spectacular.
Karen also designed this exceptional kitchen space, complete with custom cabinetry and a custom paint finish, which features an exquisite rub-thru on perimeter technique. The bold pattern of the backsplash complements the design of the floor tiles.
Another spectacular Karen Kassen design, this powder room with a honed granite pedestal sink brings together a convergence of patterns and textures, in warm golden shades. The subtlety of the colors allows them each to find harmony together in this small space.
Now take a moment, pick your jaw up off the floor and use all that inspiration to integrate colors and patterns into your home interiors. It can be bold or subtle, a major focal point or an understated sideboard surprise, but don’t shy away from being innovative and out-of-the-ordinary. Follow your inner design arrow and let your uniqueness shine!
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