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True Colors

What’s in a color? These three designers open up about their bold uses of happening hues.

Kristin Kong

Kristin Kong 

Kristin Kong

Lucite box with amethyst and agate, $2,000, kimberlymcdonald.com  

Kristin Kong

Cascade grass cloth in mauve, $135 per yard, by Elworthy Studio at Bradley, ADAC, Ste. 133  

Kristin Kong

Mystic lamp, $900, by Celerie Kemble for Arteriors at Mathews Furniture + Design  

Kristin Kong

Cardiff sofa, from $3,798, Anthropologie, Westside Provisions District 

Kristin Kong

Willem Stear 

Kristin Kong

Leopardo in sapphire, to the trade, by Catherine Martin for Mokum at Paul +, ADAC, Ste. 151  

Kristin Kong

8-inch-by-8-inch concrete tile, from $9 per square foot, Stonelluxe, ADAC, Ste. 224 

Kristin Kong

Mbrace lounge chair in Atlantic, to the trade, by Dedon at Kolo Collection, ADAC, Ste. 321  

Kristin Kong

Paint in Hague Blue, from $110 per gallon, by Farrow & Ball at Verde Home, 999 Brady Ave. NW, Ste. 4 
 

Kristin Kong

Yacht Club wallcovering in Batten Blue, to the trade, Phillip Jeffries, ADAC, Ste. 319 

Kristin Kong

Dayka Robinson 

Kristin Kong

8-foot-by-10-foot Maze rug in Solar, $1,929, by Global Views at Southern Design Source, ADAC, Ste. 406 
 

Kristin Kong

Urchin pendant, $619, by Varaluz at The Lighting Loft, 777 Miami Circle  

Kristin Kong

Floriental fabric, to the trade, Jim Thompson, ADAC, Ste. 304  

Kristin Kong

Oslo speaker, $499, vifa.dk  

Kristin Kong

 Crescent swivel chair, from $599, West Elm, Shops Around Lenox

Kristin Kong
As the principal of K Kong Designs—and the president-elect for American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia Chapter—designer Kristin Kong has never been one to shy away from color and often uses it as a launching pad in her designs. Here, it’s all about aubergine. “The color has a complexity to it that I feel works well in a shared space, such as a master bedroom,” she says. “The calmness of blue and the warmth of red combine to create a serene hue that can be both masculine and feminine. It’s a rich, luxurious color that envelopes and relaxes you—perfect for the end of the day.”

Willem Stear
For Willem Stear of Tonic Design Studio, the South Africa-born designer “was fortunate to work with clients who appreciate bold color,” he says. “My client wanted a Paul Smith for The Rug Company rug for his office, and I felt the best way to showcase this would be in a dark space.” He continues: “Black would have been an obvious wall color choice, but dark navy blue just felt so much more sophisticated and natural to the space itself. It adds richness.” Stear’s advice for the timid? “Often clients are afraid to use dark colors on their walls, but dark colors actually make a room feel more intimate and add drama.”

Dayka Robinson
Interior designer Dayka Robinson isn’t one to stay clear of bold hues—this chartreuse shade appears in her own office. “Black and white are grounding colors that I use throughout my home to anchor each room,” she says. “The chartreuse brings a pop of energy to my office where it’s most needed.” She prefers to “use it in impactful yet subtle ways—inside closets, the edge of the doors, draperies, bookcase accessories and a peekaboo feature wall—adding just enough life without going overboard. If used correctly, a little can go a long way.”