When Pigments Fly

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: At Home Issue: August 2013
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 Paint your pad to suit your moods with these colorful design tips and products.

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Photo courtesy Red Egg Design Group

Room designed by Red Egg Design Group, 480-619-9930, redeggdesigngroup.com, with a Picasso Sofa (79 inches wide x 37 inches deep x 32 inches high, made with top-grain leather, $2,569) and throw pillows (prices vary) from Thingz, 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-368-8111, thingzcontemporary.com.

Oscar- and Tony award-winning director Mike Nichols tells a story about producing the musical Annie on Broadway. There was a scene that was supposed to be humorous but was consistently falling flat. So Nichols asked choreographer Jerome Robbins for help. Robbins took one look at the stage,  pointed to a white towel hanging in the background, and said, “That towel should be yellow.” Nichols made the change, and every night after that, the scene got laughs.

Color can completely change the mood of a room – even if it comes in the form of an accent pillow, bench, or towel. But creating the right mood without overwhelming the senses with intense hues can be tricky. The key to coloring a room is to consider how the room will be used and who will be living there, according to Andrea Bazilus, interior designer and owner of Valley-based Red Egg Design Group. In a bedroom, for example, bright colors could be too busy and stimulating, but in a family room or living space, a fun color palette is pitch-perfect.

When designing the entertainment room in the Biltmore-area home pictured above, Bazilus tried to retain the retro feel of the 1953 house while adding contemporary shades. “This house had children, it was a vibrant house, and this was their main entertainment room,” Bazilus says. “These people had a lot of parties, so we could have a lot more fun with the color palette, because they wanted a party feel.” The design strikes a balance between the vibrant couch and the juxtaposition of bold patterns in neutral colors. “We found this sofa, and it had a fun, honey-orange kind of color,” Bazilus says. “We didn’t want to do bright wallpaper with the couch, because that would be too much.” To further preserve the vintage vibe of the room, Bazilus incorporated shades of silver, gold and other metallic colors to “make it pop.”

“That room, in person, really sparkles,” she says. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Fiesta Masquerade
Mediterranean Flatware

This 20-piece set, constructed from stainless steel and enamel, includes four each of dinner forks, salad forks, knives, soup spoons and teaspoons. Dishwasher safe. $80
4610 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix (multiple Valley locations)
602-953-9600, dillards.com
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Sonny Yellow Bench
With its streamlined curves and lemon yellow tone, this bench recalls a classic late 18th-century design. Made from plywood with a beechwood bent frame, it measures 45.7 inches wide, 21.5 inches deep, and 34.6 inches high. $499
Crate & Barrel
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (multiple Valley locations)
480-945-1500, crateandbarrel.com


Fiesta Dinnerware
This five-piece set includes a dinner plate, salad bowl, bowl, teacup and saucer. Made from fully vitrified china with a lead- and cadmium-free glaze, the set comes with a five-year chip warranty and is available in numerous colors including flamingo, lapis, lemongrass, turquoise and tangerine (pictured). $51
1465 W. Southern Ave., Mesa (multiple Valley locations)
480-835-2100, macys.com

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The Kinsey Garden pillow (left, $16) measures 17 x 17 inches and boasts UV-resistant polyester. The Whimsical Garden pillow (center, $20) is made with polyester and measures 17 x 17 inches. The polyester Cabana Stripe lumbar pillow (front, $16) measures 20 x 12 inches and comes in a variety of colors.
Pier 1 Imports
1800 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe (multiple Valley locations)
480-736-2563, pier1.com


Tervis Fiesta Calypso Tumblers
Made from high quality polymer, these 16-ounce insulated tumblers come with a lifetime guarantee; are microwave, freezer and dishwasher (top rack) safe; and come in a variety of floral-inspired colors. $14.99 each
Bed Bath & Beyond
7340 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
(multiple Valley locations)
623-412-0900, bedbathandbeyond.com

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