San Francisco Showhouse
San Francisco, California
An accomplished woman with a dynamic sense of style. That’s the woman interior designer Kendall Wilkinson had in mind when she put together a chic master bedroom with a charged palette of bright teal and tangerine. With its panoramic views, the room begged for a new take on the colors of both the San Francisco Bay and that majestic architectural icon—the Golden Gate Bridge.
"I imagined her recharging in this room," says Kendall. "I wanted it to be a place where she could enjoy her morning tea and sprawl across the bed, researching her next getaway."
Only a confident person would select a vibrant teal for the paneled walls. Kendall also cranked up the volume with the sheen of the paint, enveloping the room in sleek luster. The light-bouncing finish paved the way for other shiny elements. In a corner, traditional tufted chairs go glam covered in decadent teal patent leather and arranged around a Lucite table, a variation on a theme that was begun years ago by the dean of American design, Albert Hadley.
Tangerine, although used on fewer elements throughout the room, doesn’t take a backseat to the bright teal. Tangerine-and-cream chinoiserie toile draperies are spiked with valances in the shape of pagodas and echoed by vases of orange roses placed on the white bedside tables.
"The vibrancy of tangerine and varying shades of teal refreshes the senses during daylight," says Kendall. "Come nighttime, the room becomes a deep blue cocoon."
Photography: Andrew McKinney
Produced by Heather Lobdell
Interior design: Kendall Wilkinson, Kendall Wilkinson Design, 3419 Sacramento St., San Franciscio, CA 94118-1913; 415/409-2299.
Home and lifestyle store: Threshold by Kendall Wilkinson, 3419 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118-1913; 800/949-1966.