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A Color Decorating Playbook

A bright paint palette, geometric tiles, and dark accents are the hallmarks of Barbara Bestor's design. For anyone interested in experimenting with color at home, she recommends Josef Albers's famous 1963 book, "Interaction of Color," as a crash course.

Neo-Shaker Colors

For her unconventional paint choices, Bestor looks to the past. She finds inspiration in the colors used by the Shakers and turns up the volume to make them modern.

1. Pencil, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, homedepot.com. 2. Cool Cobalt, by Glidden, homedepot.com. 3. Startling Orange, benjaminmoore.com. 4. Van Gogh Yellow, finepaintsofeurope.com. 5. Hosta Teal, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, homedepot.com.

Black Accents

Dark accessories balance the bright colors and, by appearing in each room, tie the home's look together.

1. Porcelain light socket, in Black, $45, communedesign.com. 2. Caravaggio pendant lamp, by Lightyears, $275, ylighting.com. 3. Chalkboard paint, by Rust-Oleum, in Black, homedepot.com. 4. Shaker knob, by Smith Woodworks and Design, from 75 cents, niceknobs.com.

1. Lacquered stepladder, by Design House Stockholm, $295, shophorne.com. 2. Stable hook, $16, brookfarmgeneralstore.com. 3. Bookend pull, by Martha Stewart Living, $5, homedepot.com. 4. Glass ice bucket with tongs, by Sugahara, in Matte Black, $125 per set, terrestra.com.

Decorative Tiles

Geometric or glossy, on the floor or on the wall, tiles lend texture and pattern to the rooms.

1. Echo Collection cement encaustic tile, in Fez (#928A), $14 per square foot, granadatile.com. 2. Echo Collection cement encaustic tile, in Vegas (#914A), $14 per square foot, granadatile.com. 3. Rep Stripe handmade cement tile, by Popham Design, in Coral-and-Milk, $29 per square foot, annsacks.com. 4. Herringbone Tapestry tile, in Museum Black-and-Gunmetal, $60 per square foot, heathceramics.com.

Comments (1)

  • 18 Apr, 2013

    I love those colours! I find in houses with floor boards that a bright coloured floor rug can really bring the place to life.