Lessons From Miles Redd

Domino Magazine, December 2008

Miles Redd is one of the few decorators we can think of who concerns himself with the substance of things, actively experimenting with new textures and materials. In the forthcoming holiday issue of Domino, due on stands next week, Redd runs down a list of 10 lessons applicable in any space, and we thought we'd share a few of our favorites after the jump...

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Fake architecture with wallpaper

The paper in the room above was actually crafted using tree bark, and was applied in square panels, which "gives the feeling of limestone" according to Redd. We love the idea of questioning not if a wall needs paper, or even what print might work, but what the paper itself is made of.

Granted, most of us don't have access to anything this high-end, so it's the idea that's of importance; why not apply the same method to interestingly textured wrapping paper? Or inexpensive cloth? The bedroom below is "papered" in blue felt.

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Make paint your friend

The kitchen below, like most kitchens, came with run-of-the-mill cupboards that "resembled cardboard" (we think ours may actually be made of cardboard). Redd covered them in several coats of high-gloss emerald green. Adding shine against a matte background is great way to create drama in a space, and we're firm believers paint as a cure for nearly everything.

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Say yes to animal print

It could be the Madeline Castaing kick we've been on lately, but we're loving this 'animal prints as neutrals' moment. The floor below, reminiscent of Castaing's own salon, should completely overwhelm the room, but instead manages to anchor it. Animal prints are a good way to keep a room from becoming too modern and cold.

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