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Design tips that aren't 'all white and natural'

Local Life
Local Life
 2022-01-05

Across the spectrum of visible light, there are, of course, the classic seven ROYGBIV; but it’s the spaces in between those tones that create a nearly infinite array of colors. Given the unimaginable vastness of shades, tints and hues from which to work, why then are homes so often limited to white and taupe?

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Bold is beautifulLaurey Glenn

As this Sea Pines stunner proves, there is a whole world of color out there just waiting to beautify a space. But choosing the correct colors and presenting them in a way that reflects their vibrancy takes incredible skill. That’s where Hannah Fulton of J. Banks Design comes in.

“It was so fun to work with a client that embraced color,” said Fulton of working with homeowner Angie Prow. “I love color, so I think we were well paired here.”

Informed by a classical European use of palettes and textures, this home is a beautiful kaleidoscopic reminder of the power color has to enliven a home.

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Bold wallpaper makes a statementLaurey Glenn

These walls talk

Exemplifying the European influence that Fulton brought to this project, the dining room carries the look of Victorian grandeur viewed through the lens of modernity.

“The wallpaper set the tone for the rest of the house. It’s printed on linen, so it has a gorgeous texture when you view it in person,” she said. “We sourced out antique mirrors and sconces to juxtapose with the modern chandelier, and it worked beautifully.”

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Stunning hood is a focal point of this kitchenLaurey Glenn

Dynamic balance

When working with bold colors, it’s important to balance out your tone of choice with contrasts, either in tone or in texture. Here in the kitchen we see the inspired way Fulton used both to contrast an eye-catching blue center island. Between the bold stainless and brass of the range hood and the fun patterns of the backsplashes both in the kitchen and in the bar, this kitchen revels in artistic details.

“There are so many different materials in this space, which is fun,” said Fulton. “The metal cabinets flanking the range hood, the wood cabinets, the custom lights from Lowcountry Originals; it’s all interesting but doesn’t take away from the color.”

Hannah Fulton’s rules for using color

Choose spaces wisely: The bunk room and the mudroom in this home, particularly, are unapologetically blue because they can be. Tucked away as they are, they can be audacious with color without competing against other spaces.

Give spaces personality: “I work hard to understand the function of a space,” Fulton says. Use everything, from how you’ll spend your time there to when you’ll spend your time there, to define the palette.

Play with intensity: Don’t be afraid to go bold in more off-the-beaten-path areas of the home, and tone it down in main spaces. “As much as I love using color, we did a classic, simple sofa in the living room. It’s important not to overwhelm a space.”

Stunning hood is a focal point of this kitchenLaurey Glenn

Story by Barry Kaufman

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