Convinced Bright Paint Colors Only Belong on Walls? Think Again

It's not every day that an interior designer gets to go back and design the same home twice, but in the case of Gideon Mendelson, it was a marriage that prompted the redesign of a space he had created a few years prior. "I designed the apartment for the husband before he met his wife," says Mendelson of the three-bedroom, three-bath high-rise on New York City's Upper West Side. "It was a great experience. He was very open to the design process and excited about our ideas. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to design for him again."

The new brief was simple: The wife already loved all the choices Mendelson had made in the original apartment—only, she wanted the space to feel like theirs, not only his. And so they called on the help of the designer once more to breathe new life into the space, and marry their two styles: his, a more global modern aesthetic, and hers, a colorful style full of pattern and whimsy.

Though the designer considers himself a modernist, he was able to create a space with a sense of tradition that married the two perspective—not without adding a touch of modern in the lighting and some of the furniture choices. "After the program and functional requirements of a project are determined, I start by talking to my clients about what they want spaces to feel like," says Mendelson. "Discussions of color palettes come from there, and a scheme is born."

Think you can't mix modern and traditional? Think again—Gideon Mendelson makes the case for a colorful new-traditional style.

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