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Color Us Impressed

It takes courage to use bold hues—going neutral is so much safer. So when people use the riskier values on the spectrum, we get excited. Here are some head-turners.

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Chocolate brown and citrus-green make an elegant combination in this East Lake View condo. By going dark on the walls, the owner created instant intimacy. What better continuation of this theme than two matching silk love seats and romantic vintage portraits on the walls?

1 Chocolate brown and citrus-green make an elegant combination in this East Lake View condo. By going dark on the walls, the owner created instant intimacy. What better continuation of this theme than two matching silk love seats and romantic vintage portraits on the walls?

 

Interior decorator Blaine Johnson of JP Interiors chose floor-to-ceiling red (Benjamin Moore Poppy) for a library in a Beaux Arts condo on Astor Street. The effect is both dramatic and classic. It also deflects the visual cacophony of all the objects on the shelves.

2 Interior decorator Blaine Johnson of JP Interiors chose floor-to-ceiling red (Benjamin Moore Poppy) for a library in a Beaux Arts condo on Astor Street. The effect is both dramatic and classic. It also deflects the visual cacophony of all the objects on the shelves.

 

Interior designer Sasha Adler of Nate Berkus Associates used color to modernize what could have been a very traditional grouping of furniture in the bedroom of her River North condo. A yellow velvet headboard replaced a drab one; black lacquer updated an 18th-century writing table, and gray walls (Benjamin Moore Whale Gray) provided a crisp, clean background.

3 Interior designer Sasha Adler of Nate Berkus Associates used color to modernize what could have been a very traditional grouping of furniture in the bedroom of her River North condo. A yellow velvet headboard replaced a drab one; black lacquer updated an 18th-century writing table, and gray walls (Benjamin Moore Whale Gray) provided a crisp, clean background.

 

Photography: (1) Matthew Gilson; (2) Alan Shortall; (3) Andreas Larsson

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