The classic color combination of red, white, and blue are typically reserved for Memorial Day celebrations or Fourth of July cookouts. Interior designer Nicole Gibbons of Nicole Gibbons Studio, nevertheless, knows that this striking colour scheme exhibits a welcoming warmth and an invigorating character — and deserves consideration throughout the year.
Gibbons put the tried-and-accurate trifecta to work in this crisp, cozy apartment on 113th Street in upper Manhattan (it sits on the very same grounds as the massive Cathedral of Saint John the Divine).
But when designing with a bold colour scheme such as red, white, and blue, she requires a lot more of an accented approach.
The living room and dining room are splashed with notes of crimson red, while the bedrooms are trimmed with icy blue notes. Creamy neutrals serve as the diplomatic base, complimenting every single accent colour. “The thought is moderation,” says Gibbons. “I like to use bold colors in far more subtle methods. When I do color, it is usually a powerful accent peppered in modest doses all through the space to offer just the appropriate amount of contrast without getting overwhelming.”
An additional design trick Gibbons employs: A variety of shades of the same colors. If you design with red, white, and blue, don’t really feel obligated to stick to the exact same three hues.
“A single of the techniques I adore employing colors is by using several tones of the same colour,” says Gibbons. “You can by no means go incorrect. A number of shades all through a space offers it far more interest and assortment.”
In the living room, Gibbons wanted to highlight the awe-worthy view by keeping the furniture straightforward and clean. The sectional is from Room and Board, the rug is from Restoration Hardware, and the coffee table is from Design Within Reach the lamp is from West Elm.
To avoid a cliché red, white, and blue look, Gibbons painted the walls in creamy Benjamin Moore Delaware Puttytty. “The warm walls and creamy rug preserve it from feeling as well themed,” says Gibbons.
The crimson red dining room chairs, from Knoll, are the staple pop of color next to a straightforward dining table. “We wanted a truly thin dining room table so it wouldn’t overwhelm the space,” says Gibbons. “Meanwhile, the chairs are the statement piece that actually give the area its character.”
Because there was no backsplash in the kitchen, Gibbons covered the walls with Kelly Wearstler wallpaper for texture and dimension. The very same wallpaper welcomes guests into the apartment in the entry hallway.
Gibbons wanted the apartment’s two bedrooms to really feel crisp, clean, and comfy, so she utilized only slight color accents on a white base. “In nearly each project, I love employing white bedding because it tends to make the room immediately really feel like a luxury hotel,” she says.
The bedding is from Serena & Lily, the rug is from Madeline Weinrib, and the headboard is from Space & Board the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Feather Gray.
In the second bedroom, hints of gold noticed all through the rest of the apartment turn out to be far more apparent. “This space has a bit a lot more of a glamorous side,” says Gibbons. “The gold accents make it feel a little more sophisticated, and the gold wall sconces save space that a floor lamp may take up.” The mirror is from Mirror Image and the bedding is from Pottery Barn the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver.