#24 - Kemi's Contemporary & Classic Harmony

Name: Kemi
Location: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
Type: 500 sq ft studio, owned

Why I use color:

Up until about a year ago, I’d lived most of my adult life among landlord-white walls, hand-me-down furniture, and half-unpacked boxes. When I bought my lil’ studio last November, I decided to finally make my house a home and color was key to that endeavor!...

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Now, when I walk into my home, the teal blue kitchen feels like an underwater excursion; the hot pink dressing & bathrooms make my heart do a happy skip; the yellow adds a touch of perpetual sunshine; and finally, the recurring black & white themes keep it all grounded and elegant.

While there are definite jolts of high color throughout my home, I’ve also used some subtle touches—white-on-white damask stencils in the foyer and white suede paint in the main room (it catches light so beautifully). I wanted both vibrant contemporary colors and soothing classics to harmonize together in my home.

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2 Good color tips:

1) I love looking at movie sets and posters for color & design inspiration. My entire color scheme was pulled from the Thai confetti western “Tears of a Black Tiger.” Certain directors—e.g. Wong Kar-Wai, Wes Anderson, Michelangelo Antonioni—always get my creative juices flowing.

2) Go against the grain and try something unusual (but measured)… then again, I’m West African and travel a lot so fun color combos are kinda in the blood!

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Favorite type and brand of paint:

Besides the Ralph Lauren suede (main room) & metallic (foyer ceiling) finishes, it’s all Benjamin Moore all the time. My apartment features matte, eggshell, pearl, and semi-gloss finishes, but my fallback is probably eggshell.

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