Some (less adventurous) people scare away from bold colors and strong statement pieces when it comes to home decor – not Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25! She has a talent for seamlessly combining colors, various textures, and glamorous statement pieces, pulling every room together, but leaving a little of the unexpected around every corner. And this glamorous Dallas home is no exception. Using an overall neutral palette layered with lots of graphic textiles, bold accents and modern artwork, the end result makes a strong, yet balanced statement.
Says Abbe, “Incorporating bold color and pattern into a space is simple when you’re using a variation in the same color palette. I love this home’s overall look with its subtle mix of soft, tonal neutrals that balance the bold graphic rug and art. We used a background of subtle navy, grey and white and brought rooms to life with bold pops of color using pillows, art and accessories!
“When working with bold color and pattern, finding balance can be a challenge. I like to start with my client’s favorite pattern and layer from there. For a collected look that screams sophistication, we chose to work with jewel tones and modern graphic prints. Layering classic patterns like trellis and stripes with rich color and modern art created a clean layered look.”
“We started with a handful of neutral pieces in the family room and used the bold pillows and art as a bridge to tie in the accessories around the room. To add some balance and keep the room grounded, we stuck with warm, metallic-gold tones and basic white accents.”
If you keep your main furniture pieces basic, switching out pillows seasonally is a great way to update your look on a budget. Abbe Fenimore
“Many of us hold back when deciding on the overall look and feel for our rooms. I love when a client is open to incorporating daring pieces without worrying about what visitors will say. If you can’t stop thinking about an element, just go for it.”
We love the jaw-dropping choice of this white satin ottoman!
“The small dining room sits just off of the kitchen and although we had plans to complete this space down the road, I am so happy that we were able to finish it during the first phase. The Big O dining table is an oval shape so it really does bring an open feel to the square room. We used the same fabulous Mary McDonald Octavius Tape in Navy on the drapery in the living and dining rooms to keep a cohesive look.”
“We decided to go bold with Clarke & Clarke’s Flamma in Fuchsia for the dining room chairs to tie in the pillows from the adjacent living room.”
“The master bedroom was the biggest change in this home. It was dark, bland and in serious need of light while still being a cozy place to relax. We brightened up the dark space by incorporating metallic pieces that reflect light and open up the room a bit more. We wanted a bit of color and chose a deep purple to create a layered look with pattern and color through pillows. I like to stick with classic patterns or solid metallic fabrics to keep the space from looking too glitzy. Metallic pieces layer well with basic neutrals, wood tones and natural fabrics like linen and fur.”
Incorporating multiple pieces with various textures can create a visually appealing space while allowing for a bit of color. I prefer to keep colors simple when I’m going bold with texture so not to overwhelm. This was the key to pulling this entire home’s look together. Abbe Fenimore
We love Abbe’s bold and balanced use of color in this home. Sanctuary Seekers, what are some of the bold design choices you have made?