You are here
Color Tips from Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd
Eileen Kathryn Boyd is known for her intricate but bold approach to color
- « prev
- next »
- 1 of 12
Her signature color is purple. If she could live in any movie set, it would be Auntie Mame’s apartment. And she plays guitar in a band called Prospect Street. It’s no wonder, then, that the spaces that Huntington, New York-based designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd designs communicate unfettered joy. Though her patterns and palettes are runway fresh—she designs fabric for Duralee, has designed aircraft interiors, and is inspired by fashion—her traditional roots and impeccable taste also make her projects look timeless.
Eileen attended the Rhode Island School of Design Summer Program and continued to develop her aesthetic by studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art and then the prestigious Parsons School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Environmental Design. During her time at Parsons, Eileen was able to study abroad at the American College in Paris. These studies honed her awareness of geometry and scale, harmony and balance, and most of all, shaped the intricate but bold approach to color that she is known for.
A great way to bring in color to any room is a dynamic piece of artwork like this one with its sapphires and fuchsias.
Infuse color into a neutral palette of taupes, browns, and grays by using bold strokes of color on pillows and accessories.
Peel and Stick
Experiment with art for the walls in the newest trend, peel and stick wallpaper. Like painting, it’s a quick way to provide drama.
Work with a jewel toned palette—like this one of amethyst and gold—to complement wood paneling in a dining room
Yellow is the New Black
Choosing a saturated color—like this yellow deployed in several shades—and using it as a neutral can be captivating.
Show Your Stripes
Be inspired by a colorful pattern, as in this striped fabric, and pair it with coordinating accents for a look that’s tied together without being matchy-matchy.
Banish the Blahs
Add zip to a boring cabinet by putting a graphic wallcovering on the back panel. Here, the pattern makes the white dishes pop.
Inspiration from Nature
I love the idea of taking color cues from nature. Here the blue pillows evoke water and the yellow on the walls and draperies evokes sunshine.
Experiment with creative color combinations and unique materials—like a leopard print mixed with an exuberant floral—on your tablescapes to make meals memorable.
Soft and Sophisticated
This soft palette of soothing colors (note layered shades of ivory, white, and off-white) paired with symmetry creates a mood of calm sophistication.