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By Lauren Finney | Photo: by Patrick Heagney | July 23, 2018
What’s in a color? These three designers open up about their bold uses of happening hues.
As the principal of K Kong Designs—and the president-elect for American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia Chapter—designer Kristin Kong has never been one to shy away from color and often uses it as a launching pad in her designs. Here, it’s all about aubergine. “The color has a complexity to it that I feel works well in a shared space, such as a master bedroom,” she says. “The calmness of blue and the warmth of red combine to create a serene hue that can be both masculine and feminine. It’s a rich, luxurious color that envelopes and relaxes you—perfect for the end of the day.”
For Willem Stear of Tonic Design Studio, the South Africa-born designer “was fortunate to work with clients who appreciate bold color,” he says. “My client wanted a Paul Smith for The Rug Company rug for his office, and I felt the best way to showcase this would be in a dark space.” He continues: “Black would have been an obvious wall color choice, but dark navy blue just felt so much more sophisticated and natural to the space itself. It adds richness.” Stear’s advice for the timid? “Often clients are afraid to use dark colors on their walls, but dark colors actually make a room feel more intimate and add drama.”
Interior designer Dayka Robinson isn’t one to stay clear of bold hues—this chartreuse shade appears in her own office. “Black and white are grounding colors that I use throughout my home to anchor each room,” she says. “The chartreuse brings a pop of energy to my office where it’s most needed.” She prefers to “use it in impactful yet subtle ways—inside closets, the edge of the doors, draperies, bookcase accessories and a peekaboo feature wall—adding just enough life without going overboard. If used correctly, a little can go a long way.”