Karen told us her home was inspired by Saarinen's Gateway Arch. Actually, she said it like this, "It’s my arch— I just allow it to reside in St. Louis." Looking at her home, it's easy to see its amazing mid-century style, but we also noticed the many savvy and strategic ways that Karen used color to enhance her great architecture and decor. These tricks would work with any style.
She uses color to highlight architectural details
This home has so many amazing details and its structure stands out even more when it gets a dose of color. Those angular lines in the bedroom really pop thanks to the dark swath against the white and pale blue of the ceiling and walls. The unique, faceted walls in the kitchen below really shine thanks to that yellow shade. Color draws the eye, so make sure you're highlighting the best features.
She limits her palette
The colors Karen picked are punchy, but she doesn't overdo it on the range of shades. See how she picks just two or three main colors to feature in each room? In the kitchen it's green and yellow and white (anchored with a rug that echo those same shades) and in the living room below it's orange and bright blue. There's a lot going on so she keeps things from going off the rails with a limited palette.
She uses a small space to take a risk
Certainly this entire house is a great expression of Karen's point of view, but I suspect that this bathroom is her baby. Look at the care with which she gave her drawers the royal treatment (while also highlighting their structure, see above). This much purple might not work in a larger room, but a bathroom is the right place to try this. I'll bet this color makes Karen happy every morning.
She adds little kicks of color with accessories
There's no lack of interesting things in Karen's home, but since she does stick to a strict palette (see above), she uses her accessories to add in other colors that she may love, but doesn't want to use too much of. Take her tour and you'll see she does this all over her house, but I had to show you this amazing bureau. Those curves! So sexy!