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Lessons in design and colour by Alex Papachristidis

With his work featured in well established interiors magazines (Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, InStyle and The New York Times) as well as a number of interiors publications, New York based interior designer Alex Papachristidis delivers colourful homes that don't follow standard rules in interior design. You could say that he is pushing the boundaries! Here at Seasons in Colour we have looked at Papachristidis' projects and can share 8 take aways that you can use when designing your own home.

1. Can't choose complimentary colours? Then don't!

In a moment of madness I found myself to be the owner of a green sofa when everything else in my home was pointing towards blue: blue geometric wallpaper by Farrow & Ball in the husband's office, Denim Drift wall in the bedroom, and that bold wallpaper by Little Greene in the dining room (ok... so I do have a green velvet bed in the guest room too but that's another story).

The green sofa was a host of design dilemmas as nothing else seemed to work with it and my mind I am set to have blue in the living room too. But I digress. If choosing complimentary colours for your schemes sounds complicated or seems to take forever, then use one colour throughout the room. Literally!

In this photo, a home office is feels refreshing with the palette of blue which is found on the walls, the fabric of the chairs, the leather on the desk, the lampshade and even on the artwork. While in the living room below, the wall paint, furniture fabrics and even the curtains and rug are all matchy-matchy. But the different hues of the same colour give depth to the design and guide the eye onto the artwork.