One Room Three Ways
Three accomplished designers lend their distinctive styles to one living room.
Memphis designer and antiques dealer Biggs Powell is drawn to interesting shapes and textures, preferring to mix and layer elements rather than follow a single style. In creating a plan, he responded to the challenges of the room, particularly the flow of traffic to and from adjacent rooms. Simplicity and restraint guided Powell's hand. The white walls are bare except for a trio of hand-painted Chinese scenic panels opposite the fireplace. Slipper chairs are upholstered in a dragon-patterned blue silk damask, while the sofa is covered in a neutral herringbone. "Above all, I did not want the room to have a distinct theme," says Powell.
TIP: A mix of things is more exciting than a room full of things from a single period or country of origin. You can enliven a scheme and keep it from looking too predictable by tossing in an unexpected object.