Punch Up Your Palette
For three years, Lindsey Ellis Beatty ushered guests into her home through a front door that opened into an empty and unfinished sunroom. "I knew I couldn't tackle the room for a while, but the whole time, I was filling a decorating file in my head," she says. So when the time came to act, Lindsey knew the direction she would take. "My husband, Kevin, and I needed a grown-up space that reflected our personalities," she says, "and I wanted a 'wow factor' when I opened the door to guests."
This plain sunroom came to life with layered rugs, classic upholstered pieces, and lots of bold color and pattern.
Mixing instead of matching fabrics and blending style eras rather than going for period-perfect rooms are central to Lindsey's personal take on tradition. "I like schemes that feel more organic, more evolved," she says. Rather than being confined by strict style categories, Lindsey planned an interior she describes as "bold, pretty, tailored, and energetic."
White upholstery can be frightening for a family with toddlers (Lindsey and Kevin have two boys, ages 3 and 2), but she had no fear thanks to new fabric protectors that use nanotechnology to make her upholstered pieces impervious to spills and sticky fingers.
Underfoot, a sisal outdoor rug and cowhide naturally offer the same ironclad durability—and a lot more. "I wanted warming texture, not more pattern, on the floor," says Lindsey. The area rug also allows for a cozy floating furniture arrangement and leaves some of the original slate flooring strategically bare to direct traffic behind the French bergère chairs.
Now that she's filled the room with color and personality, Lindsey can't wait to open the front door when visitors arrive.
2. Give pink a chance: "I wanted a room that was bold but pretty. Pink is more universal than you might think. Its various shades complement a wide range of other colors."
3. Mix in white: "I always go back to white. It helps separate and highlight fabrics so a room feels cleaner and fresher. I love how color and pattern pop against a blank slate."
4. Blend fabrics fearlessly: "Combine fabrics that have the same color intensity. These brights work well together because they also share a similar funky and fun attitude."