Designer Shane Reilly comes up with a palette that is everything her color-lovin' client wants, right down to orange walls that match his favorite belt.
Interior designer Shane Reilly loves color. So she was blown away when one of her male clients proved that he loved it even more. "I could tell by his way of dressing, his taste in music and his entrepreneurial business pursuits that he had a desire to do his own thing," she says. When he came to business meetings wearing a wacky hat or a swanky pair of couture lace-up shoes, she knew that his apartment needed to be as individual as he is. "Many of my male clients in San Francisco and New York are a bit afraid of color, but for this client, I knew it was going to be all about color."
And so it was. From vivid orange in the living room to apple green in the office/guest room, the apartment is awash in strong hues that please the client and work surprisingly well together. There is a lesson here even for those who aren?t brave enough to put orange on the walls (which even Reilly balked at at first). "Even if you?re doing a living room in mostly neutral tones, it would be far more exciting to spice it up with a hot red lacquer coffee table or a row of canary yellow and sienna throw pillows," she says. Check out the deconstruction of her color-ific rooms for more inspiration.
Color scheme: rich reds, browns and orange in a variety of textures
The feeling: sophisticated, formal
Color scheme: cool colors with a playful intensity
The feeling: lighthearted, friendly
Color scheme: greens and blues anchored by earth colors
The feeling: relaxed, grounded
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Anne Krueger is the editor of HGTV.com's Decorating newsletter. She has written for In Style, This Old House, Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times.