Pink and Red (Yep) Define This Contemporary-Meets-Classic Brooklyn Home

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Think red and pink, and you likely think Valentine's Day (at least we do). It's a bold color combination that you don't see too often in interior design — probably because it's a darn risky move. This Fort Greene, Brooklyn townhome, however, proves that it's one of the most unique ideas to bring into your home. Assuming, that is, it's done right. Enter Fanny Abbes, creative director of Brooklyn-based New Design Project (the firm that was also behind this dreamy Park Avenue apartment), who brought the palette into a three-story townhome in a design that feels contemporary, with classic touches. "The interior scheme combines a color palette of grays, pinks, and reds, with brass accents, and uses statement wallcoverings and textiles to create an overall aesthetic that is bold yet dreamy," Abbes told Hunker.

So, how do you work with those colors in a way that feels professional and polished? "It was important that similar tones carried through the entire open first floor and that the overall interiors throughout the house were in keeping with the architecture," she explained.

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Soft pinks mix with vivid red in the living room, which overlooks the patio and garden. The Eskayel wallpaper and pillows were the starting point of the design and bring pattern to the space. Classic marble and brass accents keep the space from feeling overly feminine.

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Abbes installed a pair of wall sconces by Jason Miller Studio off-center to break with tradition. The soft blush sofa by Camerich is paired with a marble coffee table.

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A suede fabric by Duralee was used to make the living room's bold geometric accent corner. (Completely swooning over this, btw.) The firm custom-designed the red lacquer and brass sideboard, which has patterned perforations to make it functional for the sound system within.

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In the dining area, an accent wall painted in Benjamin Moore's Cascabel Chile serves as the backdrop for a vintage Curtis Jere kinetic sculpture.

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Another Eskayel wallpaper sets the tone in the dining room. The clients' existing dining table was updated with a pair of reupholstered Milo Baughman armchairs and Giron side chairs.

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The bedroom offers a more serene landscape, with various shades of gray and white paired with soft textures. A pendant light by Moooi hangs above the Pianca bed and another Eskayel wallpaper adds an abstract pattern to the space.

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A wing chair upholstered in a fuzzy Kvadrat fabric is set beside nesting tables by Bower Studios in a corner of the master bedroom.


Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.