When Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson had the chance to redecorate her New York City apartment with the help of AllModern, she had a specific aesthetic in mind: playful, cheerful, and, simply put, happy. "I wanted it to feel feminine and youthful. I had just finished working on PLL for so many years, and it was really bittersweet to see that end, and so I wanted the space to be cheery and happy for the next chapter," Benson tells AllModern. "I wanted it to be an open space so that I could have my friends over and we could eat together, play music and also practice the guitar with people while experiencing living in a new city and figuring out what my next steps acting-wise would be."
Benson and AllModern designer Nicole Gordon started by choosing the color palette—a careful selection process that Benson was heavily involved in. "I loved going to the paint store with Nicole. … I got to pick out happy colors. I was really into it and did all the test swatches myself—I bought the brushes and painted a swatch of each color on one of the walls and just lived with the colors for a few days. I’m so happy I did it that way because I realized that the color tones change during the different times of the day. I love that the coral we ended up choosing was cheerful during the day and moody and relaxing at sunset and coquettish at night."
As for her favorite piece in the space, Benson loves the coffee table from Jonathan Adler. "It's modern and feminine while still being durable," she explains. "It pops in the room." Step inside Ashley Benson's brand-new NYC apartment, and shop the look below.