The Metropolitan Home Show-house II, on display in New York through March, offers excellent examples of interior design that can be translated to anyone's home. Grand sponsor of the project is Allied Fibers, makers of WorryFree and Anso IV nylon carpets.
The extraordinary rooms in this showhouse were created by author Tom Wolfe, designer Geoffrey Beene, artist Kenny Scharf, architect Robert A.M. Stern and others.Here are some of their styling ideas you might like to try in your own home:
- Color blocking - This technique has been popular for some time in apparel design. It uses planes of vivid solid colors that contrast or complement each other to make a bold design statement.
Janice Hall, senior stylist for Allied Fibers, said, "You can introduce color blocking in your rooms as a background by painting adjacent walls different colors and combining them with a bold, solid-colored carpet and painted or lacquered furniture."
- Patterned carpet - Richly patterned carpet is becoming more and more popular as consumers discover they can not only choose from an array of standard patterns but can create their own. Six of the seven carpeted floors in Showhouse II were patterned with inset construction - a process that takes little pieces of carpet and puts them together in patterns much as you would a jigsaw puzzle.
- Richer colors - "The ice cream parlor pastels of the '80s have given way to bold, bright colors," Hall said. "Primary shades are back - especially red, which has re-emerged in its many hues as a popular color for interior designs."
- Painterly walls - Special paint treatments to your walls give them texture and interest. Try sponge, layered or marbleized prints for a subtle, yet distinctive way to give a room flair.
- Whimsy - This trend in interior design adds a little light-hearted fun to your decor.
Scharf created one of his own comic strip art paintings in a WorryFree area rug in the sitting room. This room is filled with wrought iron "creative salvage" furniture and brightly colored throw pillows sporting smiling faces.
Adam Tihany designed the grand landing by using a low-pile fabric that is perfect for heavily trafficked stairways and corridors. In the room at the base of the stairs, he has inset a design based on an abstract drawing by a Russian artist of the 1920s. He has included leaflike elements in other sections of this carpet by Allied Fibers.
Craft artists Bennett Beane and Dan Mack designed the sitting room with rustic accents. Done in soft blues, grays and greens, the room was built around the theme of frames. Mack's twig furniture lends a rustic, natural ambience to the room. Rice paper window shades provide privacy, yet allow light into the room. Twigs also create vertical and horizontal designs in the framed window areas.
Randomly scattered rectangles dot the carpet fabricated by Galaxy Carpet Mills of their best-selling residential saxony "Stunning."
The decor in the bedroom was the brainchild of movie set designer Richard Sylbert. Dedicated to Madonna's Breathless Mahoney character in the film "Dick Tracy," the room is done in the primary colors of the funny papers. The plush black carpeting covers the floor and platform to add drama to the clean deco lines of the bed's head and foot boards. Touches of bright or contrasting color highlight the vanity, the ceiling molding and the venetian blinds.
These rooms were created for the Metropolitan Home Showhouse II to benefit the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA). The show-house with its accompanying fund-raising events and sponsors is ex-pected to raise over $1 million for AIDS education and patient care.