Clean Color Inspiration from Tobi Fairley

Clean Color Inspiration from Tobi Fairley

Leah Moss
Apr 10, 2009
Little Rock based designer, Tobi Fairley, has received a lot of positive buzz recently, and for good reason. She infuses traditional design with a modern use of color in a way that makes her interiors feel fresh and familiar at the same time. All of her rooms — whether splashed with saturated punches of color or washed in neutrals — have an effect similar to a refreshing spring shower. Here's a peek into a few of our favorite rooms...


1 We can't seem to get enough yellow these days! We love the use of the lucite table which allows the rug to get as much attention as the large scale painting.

2 We're fairly used to the sight of acid green in modern design, but it's fresh and unexpected in this very trad room.

3 Matching upholstery and wall coverings have made a big come back in recent years with the re-obsession with wallpaper. In this serene reading corner, it gives the gorgeous still life center stage.

4 Is there a color that aqua doesn't bring to life? We're hard pressed to find an example where this refreshing hue doesn't transform even the heaviest color to upbeat. vibrancy. We love the combo of aqua and red in this cozy traditional sitting room.

5 Near perfect symmetry and classic furnishings are lightened up with punches of bright green.


6 Another stunning example of black and white done right. The white drawers and clack frame give the traditional bureau an edgy vibe.

7 All this kitchen needs is a Martha.

8 What could have been your standard bland bedroom is transformed with a variety of takes on the classic trellis pattern. The swathe of silvery blues make even all the ornamentation seem soothing.

9We love when hallways are turned into places of interest and personality with gallery displays.

10 A glimpse into Tobi's preppy home office. Apple green and Easter egg pink is a combo that I'll never quite get over—spring to a T.

Check out more of Tobi's interiors and learn more about her design services at her website.

(Images: 1-9: Tobi Fairley, 10: Coco + Kelley)

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