Move over Don Draper. There's a new man in town. Okay, he's not so new to the Boston design scene, or to the dozens of magazines who rank him among the top designers in the U.S. Even we've blogged about his clever box shelves and colorblock curtains before, but there's so much to love about Frank Roop's interiors, we thought the topic deserved revisiting.With a background in fine menswear, Roop brings a couturier's eye to design, creating rooms that are fun, fashionable, and sophisticated. His custom blend of bespoke furniture and antiques ensures that each space is totally unique. And though some of his designs seem more suited to a Miami Beach hotel than a Back Bay brownstone, we think they're absolutely fabulous.
Roop's interiors are designed with a specific owner in mind, but he has a few signature moves from which apartment dwellers can take a cue:
• Layer punches of tropical color atop a neutral palette with pillows and accessories. Better yet, choose a color for the largest piece in the room like the sofa and keep everything else fairly neutral. Roop creates harmony by upholstering individual pieces with different shades from the same color family.
• Splurge on a single standout item like an antique chair or chandelier, but don't limit yourself to what's available locally. Roop scours the country looking for one-of-a-kind pieces. Thanks to the internet, so can you.
• Add glamour with reflective surfaces like mirror, metal, acrylic, and lacquer. Combine several materials in a single room or use one en masse like this silver leafed wall (#9) or the bedroom art made from compact mirrors (#2).
• Curves are sexy on people and on furniture. Look for chairs with rounded backs, drum style lamp shades, tulip-shaped pedestal tables and chairs, and textiles with circular patterns, or try grouping chairs around a table rather than the usual rectangular sofa.
For even more ideas, check out Roop's portfolio at Frank Roop Design + Interiors.
- Founded: 1998
- Founded by: Frank Roop
- Headquarters: Boston, MA
With a background in fine menswear, Roop brings a couturier's eye to design, creating rooms that are fun, fashionable, and sophisticated. His custom blend of bespoke furniture and antiques ensures that each space is totally unique.