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updated Nov 4, 2021
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Credit: Photo: Christopher Broe; Styling: Margaret Ward

Styling a room is a lot like styling an outfit: Start with a neutral foundation, then layer on moods, colors, and textures for a look that’s part trendy, part timeless. No one exemplifies this approach better than designer (and very snappy dresser!) David Quarles IV. With his flair for rich colors, mesmerizing patterns, and unabashed maximalism, there’s a reason that David’s looks always radiate good vibes — he believes in designing according to what makes you feel whole and happy.

We recently asked David to put his signature spin on a neutral living room outfitted with just two classic pieces: the traditionally inspired Brookside Clara 3-seater sofa in supple faux leather and an elegant wood coffee table that looks right at home with any type of decor. Just like all of David’s inspired finds, both pieces are from The Home Depot. Whatever your aesthetic, The Home Depot’s affordable online design store has everything you need to make it shine, from anchor pieces to finishing touches.

David’s room proves what a huge difference all those little touches make. Take the splash of color on the walls: David used Portsmouth Olive by BEHR Premium, a rich green that adds depth to the space. (David uses music to find a room’s color and mood. This one was inspired by “Be Honest” by Jorja Smith and Burna Boy!) He made the look more modern by also painting the moulding.

Credit: Photo: Christopher Broe; Styling: Margaret Ward

Then he leaned into the earthy color palette with complementary mustard tones: a handsome midcentury club chair, and a soft woven throw blanket. Against the buttery brown of the sofa, these elements make the room feel cozy as well as chic. He balanced all that color with classic black-and-white combos rendered in captivating patterns: a stunning area rug in a global print, a touchable textured accent pillow, and abstract art prints that are both subtle and striking.

Credit: Photo: Christopher Broe; Styling: Margaret Ward

The result is an eclectic room that’s unmistakably David’s, grounded in a classic style yet bursting with individuality and joy. Design your own space the same way, David says, and you can’t go wrong: “Make sure you fill your home with the things you love and what makes you feel whole and happy!”