Shop Interior Designer Katie Zamprioli's Candy-Colored Home

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May 23, 2023
Woman with blue hair drinking coffee in colorful kitchen.

Colorful Vintage Kitchen With Fruit Wallpaper and Breakfast Nook

Whether your taste dovetails with designer Katie Zamprioli’s or you favor more austere arrangements, there’s one move she exhorts everyone to make. “I think no space should be without color,” she says. “Color is how you express yourself, it’s your personality, it’s a mood, it’s a vibe. When I walk into a space and I see color I get you, you know?” We get her.

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If you’re sweet on whimsical design that’s a treat for the eyes, consider this roundup a meet-cute for your rooms. Interior designer, social-media powerhouse and undisputed thrifting queen Katie Zamprioli has made a name for herself with her Candy-Colored Home, and we’ve followed in her footsteps to bring the best of that Los Angeles wonderland to you. On this shopping list, dessert comes first.

The Kitchen

With mouth-watering mint appliances, juicy peach cabinets and a jewel-bright array of vintage dishes and glassware, Katie’s kitchen is a kaleidoscopic feast. “I redid this space; it was all black and white before, and I love the way [the makeover] lightened and brightened it,” she says. Her retro-styled refrigerator, toaster, microwave and coffee maker establish a playful tone that’s well suited to the quirky accessories she loves.

Woman with blue hair in doorway of pastel kitchen.

Eclectic Vintage Kitchen With Mint Green Appliances and Peach Cabinets

“This is my colorful, whimsical, vintage ‘50s kitchen with mint and peach,” designer Katie Zamprioli says. “I redid this space; it was all black and white before, and I love the way that [the makeover] lightened and brightened it.” There’s no mistaking the star of this space. “Of course the pièce de résistance is the Smeg refrigerator; this is obviously the focal point of the kitchen,” she says. “I love the mint, I love the retro design, and it also just works really well for our family and we love it — so this is my favorite piece in the kitchen for sure.”

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The Living Room

All play (that just happens to be hard-working), the sitting area beside Katie’s fireplace developed around her all-time favorite combination of mustard and peach. A plump sleeper sofa and cute-as-a-button chairs echo the shape of her vintage coffee table, and spherical accent pillows she customized provide even more eye candy. Those would suit any space, she argues: “Leopard, of course, is a neutral.”

Pastel living room with propeller coffee table and checkerboard rug.

Eclectic Living Room With Peach Sofa, Yellow Armchairs and Vintage Accessories

Designer Katie Zamprioli’s Kardiel sofa is as practical as it is pretty: its upholstered back folds down to create a genuinely cozy guest bed. “These super fun, chonky chairs I got from Kardiel as well,” she says. These are the Mouse chairs; I just loved how whimsical and fun they were, and I think that peach and mustard are two of my favorite colors together.” For finishing touches, she collaborated with a favorite Etsy maker. “I custom designed these circle ball pillows by Willow + Moon Home with a leopard fabric — because as I said, it’s a neutral! And it just really complements the space.”

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The Office

Katie pairs her burlwood desk with leopard-print ottomans for everyday use, then swaps in an office chair when she needs to get down to business. The ombre shelves above her office space emphasize the nook’s verticality — a must in a cozy home like hers, which rings in at just over 900 square feet — and offer the opportunity to spotlight favorite finds. Her enthusiasm for her work is infectious, to put it mildly. “When people walk through my door, I want them to feel excited, I want them to feel curious. I love talking about all of my vintage finds and my fun pieces, and so I want them to be excited about [them], too,” she says.

Ombre floating shelves above burlwood desk and leopard print seats.

Eclectic Home Office With Floating Shelves, Burlwood Desk and Leopard Print Ottomans

The star of designer Katie Zamprioli’s office space is a Dear Keaton burlwood desk. The ombre shelves above it — a Katie DIY, naturally — "hold some of my most favorite treasures: either pieces that I’ve thrifted, or pottery that’s really special to me,” she says. “One of my very best friends, Robin Watts, makes pottery, and this is one of the pieces that he did; there are several of his other pieces on these shelves and throughout my home.”

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The Bathroom

Initially “just a white box with a little cylindrical shower and gray hideous tile,” Katie’s blushing pink bath now takes its cues from the dusky desert — think Palm Springs, the sun-baked land of midcentury treasures and a fabulous art museum set against rosy mountains. Who says a washroom can’t aspire to be a gallery?

Pink bathroom with graphic floor, mural wallpaper and foam stool.

Eclectic Pink Bathroom With Hand-Painted Tile and Contemporary Art

To no one’s surprise, designer Katie Zamprioli was unable to remain neutral in the face of her bathroom as she found it. “It was just a white box with a little cylindrical shower and grey, hideous tile, and I decided I wanted to redo it all, so I hand painted all of the tile and put in a tub and wallpapered and painted and now it’s a really colorful, fun space.” If Katie’s efforts inspire you to DIY, an allover stencil like the one she used on the floor will be your MVP.

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Katie's Bedroom

The wallpaper behind Katie's bed suits her space perfectly because, well, her space inspired it! "[It's from] a capsule collection that I recently did with Bobbi Beck, and it’s based off all the pieces in my living room that are really popular,” she explains. “I did four different types in different colorways, and that’s one that is paired with the checkered ombre rug in the living room.”

Pink bedroom with rattan lamp, checked wall and gallery art.

Pink Bedroom With Checkerboard Feature Wall and Eclectic Decor

All-new upholstery is the perfect frame for some of designer Katie Zamprioli’s favorite Etsy-sourced accessories. “My bed I just got from Joybird and I love it — it brings me so much joy, this peach color, and I love that it mimics pillows behind on the headboard,” she says. A gallery wall of vintage and indie art adds even more visual texture.

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Sebastian's Bedroom

Katie’s son is well on his way to inheriting his mom’s sense of style. She describes his eclectic HQ as “very whimsical, very colorful, very fun I wanted it to be inspring to him and invigorating, and he absolutely loves it.” He helped select the wavy wallpaper that frames his bed, and he shares Katie’s love of Keith Haring's graphic art.

Bedroom with blue loft bed and checkerboard rug.

Eclectic Boy's Room With Loft Bed and Colorful Walls

Designer Katie Zamprioli’s latest power move in her eight-year-old son Sebastian’s room is a multifunctional piece that puts its height to work. “This loft bed we recently got from Novogratz,” she says. “We put it together — it was super-easy to do — and it has the desk already built in, so he does his homework down here with his little chair and has his loft bed for nighttime. We’re really saving space here as well: this is a really tiny room, so the way that we made that work was by going vertically.”

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The Great Room

Featuring a wall-spanning graphic mural that’s become a long-term installation, thrifted accessories and new pieces like the Jonathan Adler neon art above her vintage credenza, this vignette at the center of Katie's home practically vibrates with her personality — as it should. Her thrifting advice doubles as excellent advice for thinking about your home as a general proposition: “Trust your instincts,” she says. “Don’t worry about what’s trendy and what’s popular, worry about what you love and what draws you to [a] piece. If you’re really drawn to it, just go for it.”

White living room with wood credenza, neon wall art, and accessories.

Colorful Great Room With Eclectic Vintage Decor and Colorful Wall Mural

Though designer Katie Zamprioli delights in changing up her spaces as patterns and pieces catch her eye, a thesis statement has stuck around on the largest wall of her living room. “This is actually a mural by Photowall; it’s called ‘Cosmic Abstraction,’” she says. “It’s one of the first major changes that I made in my home that really expressed my personality and felt like me, and four-plus years later I’m still not sick of it — so I think that’s a huge testament to it. That, I think, is one of the most eye catching pieces in this room [and] definitely one of the things that people comment on the most when they first come in the door.”

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