When Scott Maddux was hired by a London couple to breathe new life into their newly acquired 6 bedroom home, the creative brief called for “exuberant color”. Knowing this, one might expect the outcome to contain super saturated walls, jewel-toned upholstery, and neon accessories. However, the actual result was much more subtle. Even so, exuberance was not sacrificed.
The Living Room
At this end of the living room, color starts brewing in the custom kilim rug of grapefruit pink, lime green, and oceanic turquoise. Having established the color palette, the rug then informs the upholstery, sending color upward to the vibrantly patterned Otto Schultz chairs and dusty blue Ico Parisi sofa. The abundance of pink in the room casts a rosy glow onto the faux parchment walls. The drapes react similary, assuming a shade somewhere between beige and blush. Thus, the room’s color becomes increasingly less intense as the eye travels upward–right up to the white ceiling and glass Vilhelm Lauritzen chandelier.
At the other end of the living room, Maddux employs a similar formula. He anchors the space with the aforementioned rug’s twin and again includes colorful seating options. What looks to be an Egyptian revival settee recalls the denim blue of the sofa from the previous picture. And, once again, we see a lively patterned chair.
Still, this end encompasses some bolder strokes. A two-sided, kidney-shaped sofa is dressed in lustrous key-lime green silk and tufted all over for extra light-reflecting opportunities. In addition, two Peter Lanyon abstract paintings flank the fireplace, injecting the room with moodier hues like navy blue. The blackened metal frame of the Marianna Kennedy mirror reinforces those darker shades. Even the cast-terrazzo stools (from Maddux Creative) contain bits that echo the pinks and blues of the room.
In short, Scott Maddux has clearly lavished great care on the application of color. The palette is restricted to three color families that dance around the room and create rhythm. Bright hues are balanced by shadowy counterparts and easily influenced neutrals provide the stage on which all these hues perform.
The Dining Room
The dining room’s color strategy turns that of the living on its head. Here, color originates from above. Inspired by the art of Ben Nicholson, color pervades the dining room in the form of floating rectangles, starting with the ceiling painted by artist Isabelle Day. From there, the theme trickles downward in the colored glass panels of the sliding door that separates the dining room from the kitchen. A pendant light by Johanna Grawunder consists of transparent, overlapping boxes that perfectly mimic the motif in three, increasingly intense colors.
Right angles dominate not only the color blocks, but also the furnishings. Wall sculptures and a Paul Evans dining table repeat the rectangular shapes from above, but in stunning neutrals of chrome, brass, and burl wood. Scott Maddux uses these familiar silhouettes relate the neutral ground level of the room to its more colorful stratosphere.
The Entrance Hall
The entry hall is home to some unexpected color combinations and nuanced details. At first glance, the olive in the silk stair runner and cotton candy-colored fur of the bench surprise the eye. However, the blue marble floor insets and similarly painted edges of the wall somehow reconcile the two opposing shades. The green marble in the floor marries the runner to the artwork above the bench. Gilded moldings, sconces, and the banister converse with the mustard touches in the runner. Although the walls are white, color is carefully layered and peppered throughout the space in such a way that keeps the eye moving–uncovering those discreet details along the way.
What can I say? Scott Maddux knows how to use color. He doesn’t slap you in the face with it. Rather, his command of the rainbow is marked by finesse. Although this home is dominated by light neutrals, color is still the focus. It is, perhaps, easier to appreciate in the presence of benign, non-competing hues. Still, there’s enough diversity in the shades here to allow for chemical reactions between them. Indeed, the request for “exuberant color” was executed with mastery.
These are just a few of the rooms pictured in Elle Decor’s coverage of this beautiful and eclectic home. There are even a couple of rooms that are completely neutral (but no less impressive). I encourage to check out the rest.