Mansions & Millionaires Showhouse 2008
Mill Neck, Long Island
Boyd turned this octagonal living room of a Long Island Tudor Revival home from white, traditional, and predictable to handsome, current, and fashionable.
An unexpected Gustavian gray milk paint applied to the paneling and moldings creates a quiet envelope for a mélange of modern furnishings punctuated with exclamation points of saturated taxicab yellow. “I wanted to unify all of the paneling and moldings with one color so they wouldn’t compete against each other,” Boyd explains. “I relate color to music, and on their own, neither the gray nor the yellow works for me. But together, they are harmonious and complement each other perfectly.”
Centered on the room’s multi-paned windows, the seating area is a lesson in balance. A raw linen sofa with accent pillows in stone, yellow, and a bright, luminous blue captures the main focus. Flanking each side of the sofa, venerable tufted-back chairs are given a contemporary lift with yellow fabric and black frames.