Designer Snapshot: Fun With Color

January 30, 2013

By Paula M. Bodah

Boston-based designer Rachel Reider is fearless when it comes to adding color to her projects. “I love color and am always on the lookout for new and unusual ways to introduce color into our design work,†she says. Color–or the lack of it–is a very personal thing, of course. “I’m always amazed at how different each client’s threshold for color is,†Rachel says. “Some would be happy with a house filled with subtle neutral tones while others show me shades so vibrant even I’m a little taken aback.†The key, she says, is in the balance. Here she shows us a few rooms she has designed that are favorites because of the fun she had with color.

“I’m constantly looking for unusual color combinations and this Cohasset, Massachusetts, living room designed in shades of blue, purple and orange is one of my favorites. The blues and purples are soft and soothing, while the pops of orange bring a freshness to the space.â€

Photo by Michael Partenio

“The lounge at the Captain Fairfied Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, is one of our more daring color combinations to date. The room is used for gathering, often in colder months, so we wanted to create a rich space that was both warm and a little moody (think sipping red wine by a roaring fire). The dark navy walls set the tone while the more vibrant jewel tones of burnt orange, green and eggplant add warmth and vibrancy to the room.â€

Photo by Rare Brick

“Color can be brought into a space through many mediums beyond paint and fabrics. In this kitchen/dining space the punch of color comes through the tile and light fixture. Small elements like these can be a great way to use bold color.â€

Photo by Michael Partenio

“Art is another wonderful way to introduce color into a space for people who may be a bit timid about their color choices. In this dining room, a boldly colored painting was our starting point for the design. We wanted it to be the focal point, so we chose soft neutral shades of gray, blue and lavender for the fabrics and paint. Those colors support and enhance the artwork.â€

Photo by Michael Partenio

Another lovely example of Rachel’s work, including “before†photos can be seen in this feature from our January/February 2010 issue.