Color Scheme: Fuchsia and Taupe

Straight from the pages of Architectural Digest’s February issue:  an eye-catching renovation by New York designer Roderick Shade.

This 550 sq. ft. Harlem apartment belongs to the designer himself, and I love the fact that he courageously used a vibrant shade of fuchsia as the focal color which ties all of the rooms together.  Roderick also demonstrated a hefty dose of thriftiness in decorating his home…

…He shopped at thrift stores, flea markets, and he even scored a few great furniture pieces for free {including the slipper chairs shown at the top} when he grabbed up what others had put out on the curb.  Also, check out his choice of lighting fixtures:  paper lanterns purchased for $6 each!  Love it!

In the AD article, Roderick says that color is “the strongest, simplest weapon in my arsenal.”  By looking at his liberal use of fuchsia, you can see that he is not afraid to draw his weapon.  However, he has also made sure that this bold color was tempered by using taupe and white — creating a cozy and dramatic color scheme.  Bravo!

All photos from Architectural Digest

One thought on “Color Scheme: Fuchsia and Taupe

  1. Kelly dear,

    How I appreciate designers who don’t follow rules and who dare to think out of the box. And the fact that he mixed high-end with found treasures just make him so much better. Who knew that plain paper lanterns could look so good! Fun post! Happy week, Mon

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