On the Couch With Mary McDonald
We sat down for a chat with the Los Angeles designer about choosing the right colors, where she gets her inspiration, and the trendy color even she is tired of.
MHI: Does your use of color change when you're dealing with a large space rather than a small one?
MM: Yes. I will paint or wallpaper a small room anytime with a dark, deep, or bold color, but for a large room, it might just be the upholstery or accents. This is not a rule, but in general. A small room becomes a jewel, but intense color can turn on you in a big room. You can end up wanting to call Barnum & Bailey. I have come close to dialing their number before. Although I did a dark charcoal gray throughout a Hancock Park living room, and it could not be more elegant. (But it was gray, not purple.) I am also kind of loving eggplant lately, by the way.