Apart from on the spidery-legged form of Prince, I didn’t think I liked purple. The recent home tour on Cup of Jo proved me wrong. The bedroom of this house has the most amazing smokey purple wainscoting that looks like something out of a costume drama directed by Sophia Coppola, it’s unexpected and moody.
Apart from pioneering purple as a chic paint colour, Rachel Bedard, who owns the house in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, casually throws in two more clever design tricks whilst taking us through the different rooms, like Marie Antoinette throwing doughy nuggets of interiors wisdom to her entourage.
One of my favourite of their design tricks, is the wall papered doors in the dining room which immediately makes the room look more dramatic and bigger because of the unbroken wall of pattern. Wall papering over doors is a great idea, considering that a lot of us now live in small apartments, we should definitely be using this trick. It’s a relatively cheap way of adding interest and coherence to a room. Actually, it’s a design trick that French royalty used in their Châteaux to hide doors to the servants’ quarters, so it’s all tying in very nicely with my aristocratic analogy.