Color-lovers who can't help using all the crayons in the box, this is your dream home. See why the interior designer chose these specific colors.

By Caylin Harris and David A. Land
August 06, 2019

Interior designer Rayman Boozer's New York City apartment is his home and studio, so it has to be a welcoming, inspiring space for him, his team, and clients of his firm, Apartment 48. The colors he chose for the large surfaces are integral to maintaining a calm yet creative feel.

David Land

"One of the tricks I use is for the sofas, walls, and curtains to be neutral," he says. "Then I add pillows in a rainbow of colors and artwork that picks up every color. The mix doesn't feel crazy because they're isolated against something neutral."

David Land

To unify the open space, he repeated shades of his favorite blue throughout—on bookcases in the living area and fabric on the dining chairs, for example. Boozer painted the ceiling white to balance the saturated wall color, reflect light, and give the illusion of added height.

David Land

Boozer likes to mix warm and cool tones, but if you favor a strictly cohesive look, choose accents in the same temperature as your gray. (A warm gray with warm colors like yellow; a cool one with blue.) To gauge undertones in cool grays, Boozer compares a chip with a blue swatch to see if they look similarly cool.

Left: David Land
Right: David Land

Even the coolest of grays can look warm in bright light; darkness intensifies its undertones. A warm gray can skew brown; a cool one will lean toward its underlying hue—in Boozer's case, purple. "In my apartment, the walls look purple when there's no light."

Comments (1)

September 2, 2019
I wouldn't use gray on my walls, but I am really glad to see an article with anything other than all white walls with pops of color. And, the gray really does look nice in this home.