Kips Bay 2016: Neutrals With A Pop of Color


Several trends emerged from the 2016 The Kips Bay Show House and neutrals with the addition of bright color used sparingly and dramatically stood out. Making an easy transition from stark, monochromatic rooms of past years to neutrals with luxurious layering, several designers updated this look with a pop of color.

And note that drapery is happily making a comeback. Simple, elegant panels adorn many spaces, adding an extra layer of warmth.victoriahaganlogo

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” Carl Sandburg’s quote inspired Victoria Hagen and she in turn said “I am forever grateful and consider myself to be a very lucky gal. Dreams can come true!”

“The Grand American Salon” (featured above) marks Victoria’s return to Kips Bay in twenty-five years and exemplifies this Architectural Digest 100’s design philosophy: a refined use of materials, sophisticated color, and strong silhouettes. “I design for the way modern families live” she says about her Classic American aesthetic.

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Hagen created a light and livable living room. She mixed technology and design seamlessly. Her airy curtains have LED lighting strips sewn into them to add sparkle to this stunning room.

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Livable is once again the main concept for Alex Papachristidis sitting room/dining room. “I always believe that a room should be lived in, used and enjoyed. I think it is modern for a room to have more than one purpose” said Alex.

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This room is a glamorous and enchanting space that features a magical custom hand painted wallpaper by Gracie . Alex designed his room to host guests in a space that is comfortable, fun and luxurious.


Alex created a neutral color palette with pops of soft mauve flowers on the wallpaper and hand painted on the silk pillows and dining chairs.

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The White Orchard  Room is both modern and timeless. Artfully mixing period furniture with bespoke pieces, Timothy’s bedroom creates a calm and inviting interior that evokes feelings of air and light.

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Layering pieces from different periods and cultures is successfully achieved in the sitting area.



Sophisticated simplicity defines this stunning Family Room. Inspired by the adjacent limestone terrace, the neutral palette is comprised of muted natural linens and velvets. Books and art make this a casual and refined room.

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Filled with beautiful objects perfectly placed, the console table and linen striped upholstery add another layer to create a relaxed environment.

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2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
The Carlton House Townhouse
19 East 61st Street (Between Madison & Fifth Ave)
New York, NY 10065
May 12, 2016 – June 9, 2016
Monday through Saturday 11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm
Sunday Noon – 5pm
Tickets: $35

All Interior Images: Credit to Phillip Ennis.

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