Replicate the innovative color palette and layered look at the heart of this New York apartment by designer Fernando Santangelo.
RIFF ON A CLASSIC PALETTE. The genius of this primary palette is that, rather than going poppy Mondrian, it completely sneaks up on you. The custom buttercup cushions on the Kartell lucite chairs and the mustard floor rug tick the yellow box, the runner offers a burnished red with pops of cherry from the bookshelf speakers, and the blue spectrum spans the washed-out gray-cornflower of the walls, to the navy linen velvet loveseat to its aquamarine throw pillows.
CREATE A TEXTILE PUZZLE. We’ve seen lots of overlapping rugs in our day, but we’re loving this clever match-up of a full-size antique Oriental floor rug with a contrasting runner—look quickly, and it feels like the same piece, with a thick, color-blocked border. The echo of the patterns’ north-south directions calms the eye, while the subtle difference in pattern keeps it interesting.
THINK INSIDE THE BOX. Showcasing art in bookcases is a clever way to create a shadowbox effect with the bonus of no-fuss installation. The cabinet of curiosities aesthetic is created by a mix of artistic media—the graphite sketch with a painted portrait—and objects spanning oversized shells to equine bookends.