designer Alessandra Branca’s fresh yet classic design style
inspires others in the field.
trend that I’m enjoying is the use of bold color," says Mara
Lisa Wierschke, interior designer with Warren Barnett Interiors in
Brookfield. "Color is one of the best ways I know to make a
statement that is personal and expressive. What’s interesting about
using a bold color in a room is that often the desired effect can be
achieved whether you use a little or a lot. You can paint a wall
peacock blue or bring it in with a pillow or vase and voila! The room
is suddenly brighter and more exciting. Don’t be afraid to
experiment with color. If you are hesitant, even a small change can
make a big difference," she says. "Also consider that a
bright color shows off best against a neutral or quieter complementary
color. You don’t have to pile color on top of color."
A Twist on
designers often are inspired by others in their field. "I adore
Chicago-based designer Alessandra Branca. Her designs can be seen all
over the world — New York, Chicago, Europe — and she’s been
widely published, as well," says Emily Winters of Peabody’s
Interiors in Brown Deer. "What I love is that her design is so
classic in style, but she always has a fresh twist. She may use
classic colors like reds, greens and golds in a room, and choose
beautiful antique pieces mixed with great contemporary pieces. But
then she’ll take a traditional wool plaid fabric and apply it
diagonally across a chair. I really appreciate the way she pulls
things together!" she says.
Lynn Tarrence of
The Egg Design Group in Milwaukee believes that light imitates art.
"There is no other accessory as versatile as lighting. A
beautiful group of pendant lights hung at different heights over a
kitchen island is the ultimate mix of form following function. A
chandelier in an unexpected shape or material can add humor or drama
while creating an enticing entry. Lighting technology is exploding
right now, answering the consumers’ and designers’ call for
energy-efficient lighting options that look beautiful. LED, xenon and
halogen bulbs are now available in any color including warm light and
bright day light. Consumers are no longer limited to the compact
fluorescent or incandescent bulbs of the past. Have fun with
lighting," Tarrence says.
Color Have to Say?
With so many
fabulous paint colors available, choosing one can seem impossible.
Karen Kempf of Karen Kempf Interiors in Waukesha couldn’t decide
either. Here are her two current favorites. "I love Revere Pewter
by Benjamin Moore," she says. "People usually associate gray
with cool tones and are afraid to use it. However, this gray has a
warmer bronzey undertone that makes it very livable. It can look
surprisingly fresh when paired with more lively colors. Think bright
yellow and white splashed against gray walls," she says.
Kempf also likes
Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue. "When I want drama in a space,
this color is one of my favorites. It’s a very moody blue-green that
continues to morph with the light of the day. I love color blends that
are hard to define, and this one fits the bill," she says.
Get On Trend
Rebecca Zuba of
RZ Dezign in Cedarburg suggests adding some bling to your bungalow
with beaded wallpaper or embellished fabric for your window
treatments. "It adds a little sparkle and sophistication,"
she says. She, too, loves to use bright colors. "Large patterns
in bright colors are so on trend, and they can easily transform a room
without doing an entire makeover. Area rugs, throw pillows, small
accessories and small furniture are perfect for this trend," she
says. As for her favorite color? "Yellow. It’s so right now,
and it’s a happy color!"