Kate Reid sees life in Technicolor. Her Manhattan apartment is a collage of pinks, blues, butter yellows, purples, even chartreuse—super-saturated tones that leap from the walls and furnishings. "They're all sort of tricky colors," admits the British-born decorator, who cites a beloved late grandmother and world travels for helping her develop such a distinctive palette.
Whether we’re aware of them or not, we all make certain assumptions about how our homes should look, and how they should be decorated. Most of the conventions we observe are quite reasonable: they help to preserve the order and harmony of the visual environment. But there can also be a certain joy in flouting these rules.