Mid-Century Simple

Color Therapy

Here’s a quick snapshot of a mid-century modern space, designed by the owner ca. 1958 and largely untainted by the accretion of multiple renovations.

I was struck by the idea of simplicity here, and by a time when enough was as good as a feast. One small closet per room, one small room per person, no Viking stoves or Carrara marble — the luxury was in the floor to ceiling windows, abundant light and the soft patter of whispering textures: wood ceilings, grass cloth, brick, plant, and falling snow.

This was a whitewash to sell, so the palette was simple too, but what else would you want here but Linen White and soft blue? In 1958, there weren’t any 50 shades of chartreuse to choose from — the drama here comes from the vaulted ceiling and open space. Color comes from life and the blank canvas on which to paint. There’s also a subtle geometry at play here, with circles, squares and triangles dancing around the room. Fit, I’m sure, for a king.

Colors used: Benjamin Moore Linen White walls, Palace Pearl CW-650 on chimney flues.

(Image credits: Mark Chamberlain)

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