September 12, 2012

“word to the wise” wednesday: donald kaufman

The best advice I can give is to use as few colors as possible.  Try to calm it down.

Donald Kaufman, renowned colorist (Elle Decor, September 2012).

I interpret Donald’s advice as a cautionary word against disrupting the flow through an interior space with abrupt color changes.  I completely agree … with one exception — to me, anything is fair game in children’s spaces like playrooms and twin nurseries.  Those rooms can, but don’t necessarily have to, flow with the rest of the house.

Do you agree with his advice?


  • Tawna Allred
    Sep. 13, 2012
    Yes, and I also agree with your's. Children's rooms can be whatever they want (with mommy "directing" it in a fashionable way, of course).
  • Holly
    Sep. 13, 2012
    I actually pinned this feature because I thought it was interesting and very helpful. And yep, I love children's rooms because anything goes. As much as I love bold color, I'm really loving softer, quieter color palettes in children's rooms right now.
  • Donna Frasca
    Sep. 15, 2012
    I agree 110% - kids room usually never match the rest of the house unless the rest of the house is decorated in Disney.

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