The classic color combination of red, white, and blue are often reserved for Memorial Day celebrations or Fourth of July cookouts. Gibbons put the tried-and-true trifecta to work in this crisp, cozy apartment on 113th Street in upper Manhattan (it sits on the same grounds as the massive Cathedral of Saint John the Divine).
But when designing with a bold color scheme such as red, white, and blue, she takes more of an accented approach.
When I do color, it's usually a strong accent peppered in small doses throughout the space to offer just the right amount of contrast without being overwhelming."
In the living room, Gibbons wanted to highlight the awe-worthy view by keeping the furniture simple and clean. The sectional is from Room & Board, the rug is from Restoration Hardware, and the coffee table is from Design Within Reach; the lamp is from West Elm.
To avoid a cliché red, white, and blue look, Gibbons painted the walls in creamy Benjamin Moore Delaware Puttytty. Because there was no backsplash in the kitchen, Gibbons covered the walls with Kelly Wearstler wallpaper for texture and dimension. Gibbons wanted the apartment's two bedrooms to feel crisp, clean, and comfortable, so she used only slight color accents on a white base. "In almost every project, I love using white bedding because it makes the room instantly feel like a luxury hotel," she says.
The bedding is from Serena & Lily, the rug is from Madeline Weinrib, and the headboard is from Room & Board; the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Feather Gray.