by Scott McCulley
|Diana Vreeland knew best. –via Wikipedia|
If you’re looking to rent a studio apartment in New York, the two most common wall colors you’ll discover are usually Eggshell White and Linen White — probably the same safe neutrals as your last apartment. But you can easily add a pop of color to a neutral palette with art and accessories or an area rug, so don’t let that deter you from signing the lease.
|First issue of Vogue–via Wikipedia|
I like to follow the philosophy of Diana Vreeland, the former editor of Vogue Magazine —every room needs a dash of red. Red provides a bold and dynamic effect to any room. My dash of color hangs in my entry hall in the artwork. A little bit of red can go a long way.
I purchased these prints, by artist George Rodrigue at an annual charity event in my hometown — Birmingham, Alabama. Oddly enough, this artist is well-known for his ‘Blue Dog’ art, but mixes with other bold colors.
When guests visit my apartment for the first time, these prints are a great source of conversation. Friends are intrigued by the story of the artist and then the concept of “Vreeland Red.”
If you’ve been afraid to use color in the past, be bold in one corner with an accent, or add the color in an unexpected place. You don’t have to commit to the entire room, but you certainly can. Whatever you do, do it with confidence –– and remember –– a dash of red is always in style.