Legendary designer's style was about making an impact in home decor

Feb 23 2011

The style of legendary designer Dorothy Draper called for bold colors to make a strong statement in a room.
The style of legendary designer Dorothy Draper called for bold colors to make a strong statement in a room.
Legendary interior designer Dorothey Draper was so famous from the 1930s to the 1950s that her name became an adjective to describe a certain style of decorating.

"A Draperized room sported sizable patterns, bold stripes, and theatrical color combinations," according to RealSimple.com.

Today, Draper's design advice is considered timeless. For instance, the website reports she insisted that items placed on a fireplace mantel make a strong statement with large pieces of art or vases that can be seen across a room. Some contrast is needed, such as placing angular pieces above a fireplace that has a rounded opening.

Draper's color advice was firm as well. "There should never be any doubt what your color has to say," she wrote in her book, Decorating is Fun. "It may be chalk blue, watermelon pink, lemon yellow, grass green, chocolate brown, café au lait, warm gray - anything on earth you like, just as long as it knows its own mind."

Choosing a window treatment that also makes an impact would be right in line with Draper's style. Custom draperies come in any color or fabric to match a consumer's taste, while adding insulation and energy savings to the home. Different styles in drapery hardware, curtain rods and finials can also create a personalized look.
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