Houzz Tour: Bold Color and Patterns in a Couple’s Chicago Condo (11 photos)

Photos by Werner Straube Photography

Condo at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their dog
Location: Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago
Size: 3,000 square feet (279 square meters); three bedrooms plus den, three bathrooms
Designer: Summer Thornton Design

The couple needed help, especially since their building was new construction that felt generic and devoid of personality. “All white, no built-ins, no moldings, no color, no life — they wanted us to make it feel personal, cozy and cool,” Thornton says. After getting to know their style, she determined that they needed some “rock ’n’ roll.” In addition to furnishing the house, papering walls and ceilings, and choosing rugs, artwork and accessories, she upgraded the interior architecture with moldings, built-ins, lighting and a new fireplace surround. “The house has this edginess to it,” she says of the final result. “It’s playful and fun and eclectic in a slightly sultry way.”

Fabulous First Impression in the Foyer

“We believe that the foyer sets the tone for the whole house,” Thornton says. “It should catch your eye and grab you, shake you out of whatever mood you were in before you walked in, and transport you to the vibe and mood of the home.” For Thornton and her clients, that meant color and pattern on the floor and ceiling, plus a large attention-grabbing image of Italy that’s straight out of a daydream on the wall. The rug is an overdyed Oriental with bright green hues, and the ceiling wallpaper looks marbled. Traditional wall moldings and Benjamin Moore’s Super White paint make these bolder elements stand out.

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