Patrick Thompson Design (PTD), Detroit


Client’s home office, Bloomfield Hills

I was fortunate to begin with a great space with an incredible view. The client never used the room, so it had become a catchall and wasn’t an enjoyable place. I love the level of customization: the millwork, furniture, and draperies were all custom by PTD. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath.

I’ve noticed people using maroon and gray again, which concerns me a bit. Interior design trends often follow fashion, and, with the ’80s and ’90s being such a hit right now in the fashion world, I’m hoping interior design doesn’t follow.

Pay attention to scale. Just because something looks good in a showroom or store, doesn’t mean it will work in your space.

Look for color inspiration all around you. If you see an ad or a picture you like, figure out why and pay attention to the colors. My go-to white is Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White. When used properly, color can really make the space. Painting creates impact on a tight budget.

When embracing trends, keep the furniture and architecture simple and classic, and it will never go out of style.

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