White Walls Were Never A Consideration In This Greenwich Home

Hue’s The Boss

In this Greenwich home, Studio DB takes traditional entertaining spaces to colorful new heights


Benjamin Moore’s Bali creates a bold backdrop for the double-height living room. Custom seating encourages conversation, a priority for the clients who love to entertain.

Tell us about the clients. What were their asks for these living and dining spaces?
Studio DB: Our clients had recently purchased the traditional property and were looking to infuse some colorful personality into the home. Our primary focus was to freshen the foundation of the main entry and grand double-height living room. We started by lightening the floors and creating a strong visual color direction.

Our clients are musicians and love entertaining. They often host large gatherings and play music, so they craved a flexible space that could accommodate large groups as well as intimate family gatherings. The furniture plan was created with this in mind, with various vignettes for dining and places to perch.

Bouclé mushroom ottomans provide additional seating, arranged on the Jouvence area rug by Christian Berard.

What was the jumping-off point for the palette?The wife is very fashion-forward and was looking for a statement room; white walls were never a consideration. We looked to fashion for interesting color combinations, specifically the runway collections of Valentino and Stine Goya.

Assuming the paint came first, how did that affect the furniture and décor selections?We looked at the room holistically and pulled many fabrics and finishes together in the scheme first, using our original fashion and art inspiration as a guide. We finalized the wall color closer to the end. The living room rug was more of a driving factor in the room’s color palette.

During the day, natural light streams in from the wall of windows. At night, the room is lit by the chandeliers and Binova wall lights by Gallery L7.

What’s the hardest part about working with such bold colors?
The toughest part of working with strong colors is getting the balance correct. For every bold move, the colors need to be tempered by something neutral. Our goal is to expand the definition of what is neutral, considering sophisticated colors like olive green, oxblood and pale blue-green instead of beige.

Interior Design: Studio DB, New York,
212-608-6379; studiodb.com

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