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Barbara Barry Be strong, soften up “Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and an unpatterned paper to soften a space. One of my favorite patterns is this floral, with its creeping branch and blossom designs in chocolate, blush, and green. It’s a perfect example of how a patterned wallpaper, as a single design element, can enliven a space and set a new decorative direction. Be sure other design elements play down to the paper. When wallpaper is unpatterned, it can wrap a room with color and texture and soften the space.”
Celerie Kemble Soothe yourself “To create the most serenity in a bedroom, use a tone-on-tone palette of a restful blue or green, then make it dynamic by using a wide variety of textures. Here the wall color is what I call a ‘tall glass of water’ aqua blue—which also happens to be my client’s favorite color. Except for whites and creams, it is the only color in the room. That’s soothing, but to keep things interesting, I’ve used probably 25 different textures, including flannel curtains with striated woven bamboo sheers, a hammered-metal coffee table, Lucite lamps, a tufted cashmere bed [headboard and footboard], wool carpet, a Belgian linen sofa, lacquered side tables with inlaid steel, and peeling paint on an antique Swedish settee—mixing slick, soft, rough.”