Interior designer Ken Gemes created a beautiful and visually striking retreat in the Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Showhouse on the Green, which was featured prominently on the cover of October’s CTC&G Magazine. A Diamant wool rug from our Crosspoint collection anchored the room, which Gemes customized with midnight and deep turquoise yarn colors from our Personal Showroom palette to complement the cool blues and greens of his design. An electric color combination accompanied by more subdued artwork produced an energetic yet cozy sitting room. We asked Gemes—a long time client and friend of Merida—about his color scheme, inspirations, and the social aspects of the space.
Q: What is the role of color in this space? How does the red/orange color interact with the blue tones?
A: The color play in this room centered on the ink blue and jade green printed on the natural linen sofa upholstery. These soothing colors from the sea played into the art above the sofa as well as the beautiful porcelain lamps beside it. The bright coral was introduced to punch up the color story and add a strong and unexpected element that would appear in small doses throughout the space.
Q: How did Diamant fit the bill for this space? What lead you to choose the midnight and deep turquoise yarn colors?
A: The colors are the same value, so the combination is subtle but manages to make a statement in the space. The tonal blues and jade greens are found in the novelty linen upholstery fabric and pair beautifully in the Diamant rug to anchor the room.
Q: Does this room have a social function, or is it more of a personal retreat?
A: This room was created as a cozy study on the second floor, providing the perfect place for coffee and the paper in the morning, or a glass of wine with houseguests at the end of the day.
Q: Who or what is inspiring you right now?
A: The art world is influencing interiors with oversized art and photography, in black and white or strong color combinations. I embraced the trend in this room with larger works, red-orange prints, and black and white photos that don’t overpower the space. I’m also responding to stronger color for room schemes, whether used as accents back to neutrals, or as the focal point for the room.
Q: If you were to choose a Merida rug for your home, which would you choose?
A: In addition to Diamant, I love the Tissage collection–both the Twill and the Arabesque designs, which feature more movement and a softer look.
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