6 Design Lessons from Nate Berkus' Manhattan Apartment

6 Design Lessons from Nate Berkus' Manhattan Apartment

Eleanor Büsing
Sep 27, 2015

The October issue of Architectural Digest features the recently re-designed home of interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent and their young daughter, Poppy. The images of the Greenwich Village apartment are beautiful, full of the signature relaxed sophistication we've come to expect from Berkus, whose previous homes were also featured on Apartment Therapy. We can all learn from this talented pair; read on for six design takeaways from their stylish home.

Consistency of Color
The thing that strikes me first about the home of Berkus and Brent is the super-tight color palette. As the photo above shows, there's precious little in this space that isn't white, black, grey, gold, or wood. As you'll see, this scheme is carried through every room in the house- a sure-fire way to create flow in a space.

A Textural Mix
Like most great designers, Berkus understands the importance of texture in a space and mixes it up in almost every room to keep things interesting. In the dining room, I love the way the rustic wooden table plays against the smooth, shiny leather of the dining chairs. A vignette of interesting neutral but texturally varied objects on the table further underlines the lesson.

Not just of color, but of pattern, too! The flooring in the dressing room echoes the wall tiles in the master shower (and also reminds me of the super-cool fireplace surround glimpsed in this shot), creating spaces which relate to each other.

Glam is Good
In signature Berkus style, the couple's kitchen offers up a good dose of glamour. Shiny black cabinets frame the show-stopping copper island perfectly, proving that even in utilitarian spaces, a spot of shine never goes amiss.

Casual Tone for Casual Spaces
It's not all stiff formality in the Berkus and Brent household. In this photo of the family room, I was struck by the casual arrangement of the rugs — two narrow runners at angles to each other, rather than a single rectangular one — and how well it works to create a relaxed vibe.

A Singular Style, Everywhere
By now, you've probably noticed that consistency is the main ingredient in this beautiful home. Often, children's rooms don't follow the same formula as the rest of a home, but not so here. Check out Poppy's beautiful nursery: sweet and whimsical, but sophisticated as well. I like the way it really feels like part of the home, and not like walking into another world.

Check out the full feature: Architectural Digest

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