Colour cues #05 | iconic Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper was an American interior decorator who began her career in the 1920’s. She revolutionised design by breaking away from the traditional period rooms by mixing colours, patterns, textures, and styles never seen together previously. She was a design pioneer, not only for opening the first interior design company in the United States, but for the women’s movement itself…this was a time when women simply didn’t go into business for themselves. She’s credited with inventing the bold modern baroque style; a style that still looks fresh today. Clashing colours, big bold florals, black and white floors, decorative mirrors, and whimsical accessories are just some of her trademark touches.

In this space, she has used a complimentary colour scheme (colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel); muted red with a mix of greens. Most people wouldn’t be brave enough to use such a highly printed wallpaper, with a heavy bronze mirror, but it works. Although this space features darker colours, it’s still light, airy, welcoming and thought-provoking.

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The Drab Age is over. Color is coming into its own again. Until very recently people were literally scared out of their wits by color. Perhaps this was a hangover from our Puritan ancestors. But whatever the reason, brown, grays and neutrals were the only shades considered ‘safe.’ Now we know that lovely, clear colors have a vital effect on our mental happiness. Modern doctors and psychiatrists are convinced of this!
– Dorothy Draper on the importance of colour

Have you embraced bold colour in your home?

About Lisa Warren

Lisa Warren is an Australian-based blogger, passionate about all things home decor and getting creative. Her make things pretty and to make pretty things. Blossom and Bright is your online destination for satisfying your inner decorator, diy’er, and homemaker.

4 comments on “Colour cues #05 | iconic Dorothy Draper

  1. Oh gosh Lisa look at that green!! I’m in love lol. As you know we have colours all through our house, traditional wall colours in all different shades! Our home is certainly not boring! xo

  2. I have to say no! I am a white girl through and through. I am learning to add colour through accessories but I’m definitely a play it safe decorator!

    • Introducing colour through accessories is a great option. They don’t usually cost the earth, so you can replace them as your taste changes without stressing about it.

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