This man is a genius. I remember when I opened Elle Decor to this photo and sat there for a long time staring at it. First, I stared at the beautiful, bold color choices, and then I sat for another half hour studying the choices he made in fabrics, color combinations, bold gestures and his ability to take periods and styles of furniture and come up with a stunning mix of everything. I never get tired of looking at this photo and turn to it for inspiration if I feeling a little bored with interior design.
Here are a couple more shots of his New York apartment.
Study him. It will reward you with boldness.
Next on my list of inspirational rooms is one by Katie Ridder.
Another room with an inspired color choice of mauve, orange and various greens and gold. A nice mix of chic eclectic and middle eastern influences.
Below are a couple of rooms from her own home.
Her color choices always intrigue me because they are unexpected, bold and carefully chosen all at the same time. Her attention to detail (see that second photo of the bedside table) is curated and casual.
This next photo is from a home she decorated in Arkansas. A fearless choice of colors for the dining room if there ever was one.
This dining room is inside a house that is, otherwise, subdued in terms of color. This makes a statement and gives the viewer permission to try unusual color combinations that appeal to him.
And then there's Jeffrey Bilhuber. Color confidence par excellence. Look at a few of these beauties.
These photos remind me of the importance of letting your furniture float away from the walls where the room is large enough to allow that. He loves the occasional chairs that can be pulled up to any conversation area but can stand alone too. Bilhuber has such a command of the color spectrum and each room is perfectly balance in color, scale and proportion.
Each of these designers exhibit a complete control and mastery of their craft matched with an absolutely fearless imagination. Their rooms exude a wonderful joy of life and love of color that help me see what is possible when you just let go and do what you love. Do these rooms help you let go too?