Incorporating color—especially bold, eye-grabbing color—into any home is no easy feat; there’s a (very) fine line between a clownish explosion of tones and a home that makes a dramatic statement. When it came to crafting the latter for a growing family of five in their Winnetka, Illinois, suburban escape, SuzAnn Kletzien—Principal at Chicago-based SuzAnn Kletzien Design—had her work cut out for her.
During a three-year gut renovation, Kletzien replaced the 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home’s muted wood tones and generic light walls with striking, vibrant entertaining spaces tempered by quieter, soothing private family rooms.
“It’s a delicate balance to not confuse and exhaust the eye with pattern everywhere, so keeping one main pattern in each room and balancing the rest out with subtle or solid patterns makes it work,” Kletzien says of the vivid colors and patterns used throughout the home.
For anyone looking to use vivid hues in his or her own home, Kletzien has this to say: “Consider the use of the space as we did here. We considered the spaces where the family spends most of their time and we used subtle or bold patterns in small amounts that weren't at eye level. The other areas that you pass through quickly feature the bold patterns that stimulate you as you move through.”