We usually shy away from primary color groupings when decorating, assuming the space might end up conjuring images of a kindergarten. However, we have to applaud these homeowners for incorporating the iconic style and palette of Piet Mondrian's work into their homes to successful - and by no means juvenile - effect.
The key here is to let the primary colors play accent roles. A room doused on all sides in saturated yellow would probably induce a headache, but one wall painted in any of the three hues seems to work. Using a lighter or muted shade of one of the colors can also do the trick - notice the grayish sky blue couch in the first image. We also like how the rigid right angles of Mondrian's work lend themselves well to architectural elements, as evidenced in the two buildings above.
(Images: Grey Crawford for Met Home, Frankie Norstad for Susan Diana Harris, MoCoLoco, Flickr user Fire Monkey Fish licensed for use under the Creative Commons, Brownstoner)
- A guesthouse in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, featured in Metropolitan Home.
- A SoMa loft created by interior designer Susan Diana Harris.
- A Mondrian kitchen designed by Roberto Semprini for TM Italia, as seen on MoCoLoco.
- An apartment building in LA via Flickr.
- A condo building located in New York via Brownstoner.