When we first encountered this colorful loft designed by the interior design firm, Tilton Fenwick, we spied a bundle of tricks that begged to be shared. Below, this design duo, Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham, walk us through this Greenwich Village artist’s loft ingeniously-converted for a family of five, and share their tips for incorporating an extra bit of punch into every corner of your home, hallways included.


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Tip No. 1: Introduce Color in Unexpected Ways

“Here, the unexpected yellow lamp shades are a cheerful and easy way to bring a pop of color to the space. They also tie together with the yellow coffee table that’s located in the other part of the loft living space, lending cohesion.”

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Tip No. 2: Go For a Game Table

“Our clients are big readers. They loved the idea of sitting at the game table in the morning with a cup of coffee and the day’s paper. If you have the space, a game table is a lovely and unexpected spot to factor into a main living space.”

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Tip No. 3: Create a Focal Point with Wallpaper

“A tiny space is the perfect place for a surprise like this one. Just one roll of wallpaper creates a jewel-box surprise. This fun closet door also slides back so it can be kept open for parties and entertaining, when the drinks will be flowing!”

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Tip No. 4: Treat Hallways Like A Canvas

“Using a solid bold color for moldings, trim (and walls) is an easy way to make a statement. We added wallpaper to the door panels for extra wow factor leading into a serene bathroom.”

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Tip No. 5: For Kids, Think Classic, With a Twist

“This is a kid’s bathroom, so the blue subway tile was important to keeping it feeling fun and youthful, yet sophisticated enough for any adult who might swing by. The client found these alphabet prints on a trip to Paris, and they worked out perfectly!”

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Tip No. 6: Bring Extra Color To Your Bookcase

“A favorite trick is painting (or wallpapering) the back of a bookshelf. It’s a wonderful place to add color and pattern without overwhelming a space.”

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Tip No. 7: Embrace Pattern in the Bedroom

“This wallpaper is incredibly beautiful and, because of the pattern, it feels enveloping as well. Thanks to the latter, this room feels like a cozy and comforting retreat, and not at all overwhelming.”


Lead image by Trevor Tondro

December 6, 2017

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