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8 home style steps to saturation infatuation

In this Newton Victorian, clever use of bold color creates a warm, energetic atmosphere.

“I tell my clients to use their personal style to decorate honestly and truthfully. There’s no right or wrong, just go for it,” says Kennerknecht.Greg Premru
Greg Premru

The homeowner's treasured possessions and love of strong color were the starting points for the interior of this Newton Victorian, home to a young family. Designer Jayme Kennerknecht of LDa Architecture & Interiors in Cambridge says that although relatively traditional, the historic house has an approachable feel, thanks to its multicolored palette. But the scheme is by no means haphazard. Rather, it's quite cohesive. As you move from space to space, a trail of accent colors becomes evident, tying one room to the next.

1 > BOLDLY COLORED FURNISHINGS, from the upholstery to the side table to the rug, pop against white walls. "It's where the family eats and the kids do their homework; we wanted it light, fun, and energetic," says Kennerknecht.


2 > A BUILT-IN BANQUETTE under the bay window keeps traffic patterns clear, allowing easy access to the French doors that lead to the back deck.

3 > OAK FLOORS stained medium brown are neutral enough to pair with any color. The hue also helps ground the high-ceilinged space.

4 > AN ACRYLIC COFFEE TABLE takes up less visual space than a heavy wood piece, and doesn't obscure the bright orange patterned rug.

5 > GLOSSY YELLOW PAINT and a clean white shade transformed a dated Danish floor lamp that the clients wanted to keep.

6 > A CONTEMPORARY PENDANT made from multicolored plastic panels provides unexpected contrast to the room's more traditional architecture.

7 > COLORFUL ARTWORK helped determine the dining room's palette. Kennerknecht chose Benjamin Moore "Brookside Moss" for the walls, a shade with a similar saturation to the blues and yellows in adjacent rooms.

8 > "ADD WHITE OR BLACK to establish balance and depth," says Kennerknecht, who used a lacy-white resin chandelier, chairs with black leather upholstery, and white linen curtains on rubbed bronze rods.