Blog post by Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group: I was recently at a magazine launch party and the subject of color came up. One woman lamented on how she misses the use of color in many interiors. She went on to describe her own home as mostly black and white, softened with grey tones. “I would really like to inject some bold color in my dining room, but not sure what color to use and where to use it”. I took a deep breath, and decided to go for it! I asked about the shape of the room. “Square”, she replied. I asked about the finish of the dining table and chairs. “Mahogany”, was her answer. So, I suggested that rather than using color on a wall, why not use it on the ceiling of the room – in high gloss enamel. She certainly seemed surprised, but also intrigued. “Really!”, she said. “And, what color would you use?” she asked. I took a depth breath and replied “Yellow”. She thought about it for a moment and then asked, “Which yellow? There are so many! Since I don’t carry paint decks in my back pocket, I searched options back at my office. I sent her a link to Glimmer from Benjamin Moore - Love the name!
I suggested that she pick up the color as part of a bold fabric by reupholstering the dining chairs. I really like the fabric on the Panorama Latte Pillow pictured above, from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. “What should I use for an area rug under the table?”, she asked. I offered it might be more practical and more of a graphic statement to use two metallic colorways, specifically Titanium and New Gold from Chilewich (also pictured above), seamed together in alternating quadrant and united with a faux leather solid charcoal border.
Don’t be afraid of a splash of color. Whether it be painting a ceiling or an accent wall, adding a fabric or accessories, a little color can go a long way giving new life to a space.