Designer-Tested Palettes: Powerful Pinks & Punchy Tangerines from Schuyler Samperton

updated Oct 14, 2020
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Up next in our designer-tested palettes series is the Los Angeles-based Schuyler Samperton. One look at her professional portfolio, and you’re instantly transported. Her use of color is effortless and abundant and will make you instantly rethink your current paint palette.

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A little background on Schuyler:
A regular on shelter magazine’s designers-to-watch lists, Los Angeles-based Schuyler is known for her modern-meets-classic (and ethnic) style. A favorite amongst high-profile clients, she previously spent almost a decade working for Fox Broadcasting Company on promotions for shows like The Simpsons, Melrose Place and the Emmy Awards.

Go-to color palette and why it works:
I just love hot pink, orange and cream together. They’re so full of energy and give off an undeniably happy vibe.

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From where do you find color inspiration?
Mostly it’s instinct, and I just visualize it in my mind. However, I am inspired by a number of things: movies (I Am Love, Wings of A Dove, A Bigger Splash), photography (most recently by the work of Eliot Elisofon), as well as fashion (Rodarte and current Gucci collections specifically), Downton Abbey, vintage textiles, and nature.

What other color combinations have you been dying to try out on a client?
Saffron, fuchsia, jade green, black and rust. The idea came from an Eliot Elisofon photo I saw.

Let’s play a quick game. You’re the decider on the 2017 Pantone Color(s) of the Year. What do you choose?
Periwinkle and Apricot, just because I want to use them, and I think people crave color!

What advice do you have for a color lover who wants every room to be in a different scheme?
I learned this from my mother – if you use a lot of one color in a room, it’s nice to carry a bit of it over to the adjacent space through a paint color, a pillow or a painting. It can really be used anywhere as long as it’s there somewhere!

Where are some good places to add splashes of color to the home?
I use color everywhere! I love it! Some of my favorite spots are on ceilings (especially with wallpaper!), cabinetry, window/door trim, pillows (of course!) and lamp shades.

Any Instagram favorites that feed your inspiration?
Yes! Instagram is a treasure trove. I especially love the posts of Miguel Flores-Vianna, Carolina Irving, Cabana magazine and Poshpedlar.

Want some pink and orange room inspirations? Check these out!

(Image credit: Cowtan & Tout)

The punchy colors combine beautifully on accent furniture, like the sofa and throw pillows shown above, from Cowtan & Tout.

(Image credit: Traditional Home)

Hot pink and tangerine are especially effective outdoors and inject an instant taste of summer. (Photo via Traditional Home)

This breakfast room (spotted on Bolig Magasinet) is a shock of juicy color!

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This charming bedroom from Traditional Home proves the exotic colors work beautifully in a classic interior.

Maria’s Glamorous Fashion-Inspired Flat (Image credit: Lindsey Tella)

Maria used an eye-popping Designers Guild wallpaper and rusty orange cabinet from Gumps to amp up her foyer.