“In this house, we wanted to play with the eye, so
we juxtaposed natural hues with hot reds,” says
interior designer Mark Christofi. The patterns
seen below, many based on geometric motifs
inspired by contemporary art in the home, were
part of Christofi’s overall theme of visual interplay
between color and texture.
[ 1] Christofi-designed living room rug: from
Stark Carpet, at the Boston Design Center (BDC).
[ 2] Living room drapery fabric:“Grand Velvet
Stripe,” by Lee Jofa, BDC. [ 3] Linenlike crosshatch
pattern on living room walls: hand-painted by
decorative artist Gerard Wiggins.
[ 4] Living room side table fabric: “Linen Weave,”
by Harrison-Van Horn. [ 5] Living room throw
pillow fabric: “Xanadu,” by Clarence House,
through Webster & Company, BDC. [ 6] Living
room chair fabric: “Dapple,” by Larsen, through
The Martin Group, BDC. [ 7] Christofi-designed
dining room rug: from Stark Carpet, BDC.
[ 8] Dining room drapery fabric: “Knotty Knotty”
embroidered silk, by Donghia, BDC.
to give the house a more polished look. “They were ready for
better-quality furnishings amid the presence of a growing art collection,” says Christofi.
For the overall color scheme, Christofi established natural
tones — muddy grays and browns — and then juxtaposed them
with jolts of hot orange or red. “The clients love color, but color
used in a graphic way,” he explains. Red upholstered armchairs
in the living room add contrast to the linen hues of the room.
The master bedroom’s neutral backdrop gets a vivid color burst
from terra cotta-red upholstered stools and accent pillows.
Christofi also uses color to create continuity throughout
the house. The striking contrast of rich chocolate brown with
crisp white occurs in several areas: Both the dining room and an
upstairs hallway have cocoa walls set against white wainscot. A
raised portion of the family room ceiling is painted brown, gaining definition from the otherwise white ceilings.
Geometric motifs appear as well, giving the house a contemporary edge. The design of the living room carpet is built on
squares, but Christofi made sure the design did not overpower
the room. “The rug has scale and geometry, but it still appears as
background,” he notes. He chose square lampshades as a subtle
echo, and his design for a pair of mirrored bookcases highlights
a grid as well.
The kitchen, which is open to a casual dining area and
family room, exemplifies both the color and geometry at play
throughout the house. The floor is an argyle pattern of brown and
white tiles, while two woods — pale ash cabinets, dark walnut for
the island countertop — carry on the light-dark contrast. “This
homeowner loves to cook and bake,” says Christofi, who particu-