A couple of months ago we stayed at Hotel Diva in Union Square. Because we spent five years traveling all over California for our job, and staying in boring chain hotels, it was really refreshing to stay in a hotel that was affordable, yet clean and modern. The rooms are sleek and sophisticated, and we were especially intrigued by the use of color. While the carpets are a vibrant cobalt blue, the walls are white and the Bertoia side chairs, Artemide Tolomeo bedside lamps, and sculpted steel headboards (designer Olle Lundberg�s signature) are silver. Steel grey bedspreads cover white sheets. But it's the small touches of color that pop and really make a difference. The reverse side of the bedspread is orange, as are the ice bucket, bathroom containers, and the Pablo Gloss desk lamp. They may be small things, but they warm up the cool white, grey, blue. The result is a comfortable, not cold, room.
It's something to remember when decorating your own home. You don't have to splash color all over the walls -- after all, not everyone is as brave as Lisa. You can start with white walls, add in colorful flowers, art, textiles, objects, maybe move on to painting just one wall.
(Oh, and chain hotels, take note: You don't have to buy out DWR, but your copying Hotel Diva's use of simplicity and color would be welcomed by many travelers who don't want to stay in a place reminiscent of a '70s rec room.) There are more photos here.