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Three Interior Designers Share How They Incorporate Color Into Their Palm Beach Projects

Jayne Chase and Caroline Perrott | August 19, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

These three interior designers love using coloreither throughout a project or with pops of color in accessories and furnishings. Here, they share some of their color choices and the go-to products they've used in Palm Beach.

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Rafferty’s living room features Kensington Blue CC-780 by Benjamin Moore, a rug by Serena & Lily, and drapery fabric by Raoul Textiles in Dip Dye Outdoor Delft.

Out of the Blue

Caroline Rafferty, co-owner of The Grand Tour and local interior designer, loves a good color story, just look at her local store—in all it’s layered and eclectic glory. And her favorite to play with? Blue. “Blue was the thread that tied the inside and outside of this house together. The front door and shutters were the same color blue as the ceiling, and I loved that it was bold and easy to live with at the same time.” Rafferty loves using bold colors in her projects, even her home, banking on taking a risk rather than idling in drab. “I think we should all take risks and not take ourselves too seriously,” the designer says. “I really wanted our family room to be playful and inviting, and the blue ceiling, colorful artwork and fabrics helped achieve that.”

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1. Small diamond Klein Blue vase, $300, by Bari Ziperstein at The Grand Tour, grandtourhome.com; bariziperstein.com

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2. Pink Belle side chair, $5,400, by DeMuro, 1stdibs.com; demurodas.com

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3. Vintage Italian nightstands, $3,250, at The Grand Tour, grandtourhome.com

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"The front door and shutters were the same color blue as the ceiling, and I loved that it was bold and easy to live with at the same time." – Caroline Rafferty


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This room, titled “The Orchid House” was featured in the 2019 Palm Beach rendition of Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Living Coral

Look no further than Amanda Lindroth to make a splash in island-inspired decor. Resident of Lyford Cay, Nassau, in the Bahamas, and Palm Beach, Lindroth knows a thing or two about blissfully soothing tropical colors. In her most recent decor book, Island Hopping, it is obvious this well-known interior designer loves color. “For me,” begins the always cheerful Lindroth, “I never tire of coral pink! It’s charming and serene, and, in the Bahamas, we think of it as a neutral. The color lends itself well to resort living, like Palm Beach, as it naturally adds glamour to a space. Coral is always alluring, and we love its celebration of coastal living so much so that it is a signature in much of my design work and the color of my company’s logo.”

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1. Peacock linen tablecloth, $120

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2. Floral linen napkins, set of four for $60

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3. Pink corded seagrass place mat, $12, All by Amanda Lindroth, amandalindroth.com

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"The color lends itself well to resort living, like Palm Beach, as it naturally adds glamour to a space." –Amanda Lindroth


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The William Haines tufted sofa features Nobilis Paris Pasha silver distressed velvet and animal print Serengeti silk fabric pillows by Schumacher.

Paint the Town Red

Interior designer Guy Clark approaches every project with a new eye and tries to treat every one uniquely. “I believe that every client deserves an individualized home that reflects who they are and where they are going. I never repeat a style or look, as my aesthetic is ever-changing and evolving,” says Clark. This home is an 11-room apartment he designed for a young Palm Beach family. “Since their personal style had not fully matured yet when we started the project, we took time to make sure that their new home achieved a layered look that could change and grow as their tastes evolved. By starting with a neutral palette for the background with off-whites and grays, it enables the client to switch out their colorful accessories to change up the focal points in the rooms. We chose red as the accent color here, as I tend to use red as accents in living rooms because it is so strong and vibrant. The red vintage Murano lamps by Cosulich Interiors & Antiques, the custom-designed red shagreen and wood coffee table, and the red pillows all draw your eye into the room immediately.”

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1. Sterling silver tea service, $6,000, 1stdibs.com

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2. Vintage Murano lamps, price upon request, cosulichinteriors.‌com

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3. Tufted sofa, $13,600, williamhaines.com

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4. Custom off-white and gray silk rug, to the trade, by Guy Clark at Patterson Flynn and Martin, pattersonflynnmartin.com

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"We chose red as the accent color here, as I tend to use it as accents in living rooms because it is so strong and vibrant." – Guy Clark



Photography by: Rafferty’s living room features Kensington Blue CC-780 by Benjamin Moore, a rug by Serena & Lily, and drapery fabric by Raoul Textiles in Dip Dye Outdoor Delft; Lindroth portrait by Graciela Cattarossi; room photo by Nickolas Sargent; product images courtesy of brands; Clark portrait by Tara Inc Photography; room photo by Lucia Engstrom; product photos courtesy of the brands