Lindsey Harper, an interior designer in New York, wins David Hicks by Ashley Hicks. The use of bold elements in her work, love of Billy Baldwin, and punchy graphic interiors made awarding her this book an easy decision.
The inspiration: Using black and white to make an impact.
A room created my Mark Hampton that was published in House & Garden in 1971, ran in the House and Garden Book of Interior Design will be included in the upcoming book on Hampton coming out this spring. It inspired and gave Harper her jumping off point.
A wide entrance hallway is a good place for the dramatic and bold palette. She used blocks of graphic rectangles that lead your eye up the wall. Lindsey shares her experience, saying,"If there is one thing I have learned it is to trust your instincts, especially if it means taking risks-it's so much more fun than being safe. Black walls are not for the timid. I painted the walls of this large foyer of a New York City floor-through apartment flat black and the trim brilliant, glossy white. The space asked for something dramatic and grandiose not only because of the scale of it but also because it was the first thing you saw when you opened the front door. I used Farrow and Ball Colour No. 95, Black Blue. This color serves as a beautiful backdrop for my client's art collection. The gilded frames really pop off the inky walls."
The inspiration: one of the most coveted design books of all time, Billy Baldwin Decorates. The influences are many, inspiring designers in the 80's 90's and today.
Her design tip: I also believe black works best when it has an undertone of another color. It adds another dimension to the dark color.