Friday, July 22, 2011

A Splash of Color

I am known for my white interiors. Perhaps it's the year-round hot weather in New Orleans that makes me crave an all white palette in my home. It's the only way to refresh oneself mentally. But although whites are soothing and relaxing, it can also be bland and boring and say nothing at all. Unless.....Unless, of course, you throw in a bit of a splash. A surprise element to awaken the senses and make that white become a beautiful canvas that celebrates the color inside.

Take a look at these interiors (images from

The softness of the room is amplified by the dark ladder.

The boldness of the yellow cushions showcase the otherwise simple yet elegant sofas and chairs.

The dark pedestals and artwork in the background play up and add contrast to this beautiful palette of whites and creams.

Notice how your eye focuses to the painting, making it the focal point of this room.

Even a small touch of purple makes this otherwise non-color room go "wow!"

So don't be afraid of adding a splash of color here and there to liven up your senses. These can change with the seasons (imagine this same room above with copper or chocolate brown silk pillows in the fall). It is a simple way of changing a room and making it feel new again.

I found these gorgeous turquoise, handmade tapestry pillows when my home was shot for the recent New York Times feature. Together with a pair of persimmon colored fortuny-like pillows, these cushions added the "wow" factor that was missing in my sitting room.

These heavy, handmade tapestry pillows are in the most beautiful hues of turquoise, gold, cream with a hint of peach. The scene depicts two music jesters. Raw silk back and zipper closure with silk gold and turquoise tassels. Down insert included. For additional information or to puchase, click here or simply visit my 1stdibs store at

Go ahead, have fun with color!

And have a wonderful weekend, wherever this post finds you.


  1. Karina your photos are breathtaking. I especially loved the one with the yellow pillows. That just added the right amount of sunshine in that room. I love all that you have done.


  2. What a pleasant read at the end of our busy day. The images you showcase are always awe-inspiring...however, it's your work that stands out above and beyond the cookie-cutter styles of other designers. I definitely prefer your style above these others!!!


  3. Love the cushions. I also agree a bit of colour can make the difference between sterile and dramatic. Sorry I've been missing for so long but I think I am back now...well for a while anyway! xx

  4. I love the cushions . I am a coloured girl


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