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Mark's "Bold Basics" Room

Bold Basics




Brooklyn, New York



Colors Used

Benjamin Moore - Old Navy Benjamin Moore - Basil Green Benjamin Moore - First Snowfall

Color Inspiration

Blue and green have always been my favorite colors. Rooms I had seen featured on AT inspired the bold shades.

Color Tips

Whites and creams can be very effective as accent colors. The contrast created by white in simple elements such as picture frames, patterns in cowhide, baseboards, or even a switch plate can help intensify a color.

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Comments (32)

I like the navy wall especially, but the artwork steals the show for me!

posted by noticetothepublic on October 27, 2011 at 12:12pm
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My favorite room thus far!. (Yes, probably because of the navy wall and the artwork)

posted by Sylvia K on October 29, 2011 at 7:35am
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I love that navy colour! Gorgeous! I also really like the art work, it fits in well. Where did you get the Independent piece from?

posted by sydoniah on October 27, 2011 at 11:54am
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If anyone is curious, the Independent print is by Damian Hirst & available here: http://www.nowallsgallery.com/artists/damien-hirst/no-news-today/67/0.htm

posted by helloanne on October 27, 2011 at 12:09pm
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where is that large "brick" lamp from? awesome colors btw

posted by threeplusyou on October 27, 2011 at 12:20pm
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I'm liking this for the awesome giant art.

posted by potpie on October 27, 2011 at 12:32pm
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Thanks AT for selecting my entry. I purchased "The Independent" from Other Criteria. The floor lamp is from http://www.noguchi.org/. I'm a fan of akari light sculptures and the subtle mood they create. I appreciate the compliments.

posted by BillyRes on October 27, 2011 at 1:25pm
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What is the navy colour that you used?

Blue and green are my fav colours as well so I'm very drawn to your rooms. Love the colours you used!

posted by TrixieLich on October 27, 2011 at 1:29pm
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This is the first room that I've truly loved, especially the navy. I'm not so sure about the green but it seems to work in the room.

posted by BrianneA on October 27, 2011 at 3:27pm
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Your color combo's work so well together. Not being a big green person, I found I loved the color when combined with the navy. Bold, but not over the top. Love it!! I am curious about the white square boxes stacked in the corner...lamp perhaps?? I WANT it!! Your decor is so modern and tasteful with a just so slight edge. Perfection!!

posted by cary2fred on October 27, 2011 at 6:06pm
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By far my favorite! Love the navy, white, brown and red combo. Where is the white coffee table from?

posted by MelanieEve on October 27, 2011 at 10:56pm
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Finally a strong entry that made me want to see more than the main pic.

posted by see on October 28, 2011 at 12:33am
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Not a big blue fan...even if it is navy. But anybody posting their place deserves kudos!

posted by bfergie13 on October 29, 2011 at 8:44pm
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I love that Mark was able to create a very masculine room, while still creating a warm and inviting space by using a variety of different textures. Nice work!


posted by Gwen from ChloesWindow on October 30, 2011 at 12:20pm
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I really, really love this room (even if I am not a green person myself). I want to see the rest of the house, please!

posted by C.G._ on October 31, 2011 at 1:15pm
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i'm really loving everything about this room except the green wall. I think a mustard yellow would be better, but the green could grow on me

posted by lorrinm on October 31, 2011 at 2:37pm
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Love this! The artwork fits in so well!

posted by Germaine @spasesblog on October 31, 2011 at 3:31pm
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Can someone tell me where I can get the dog on the picture? I believe this is a very expensive/hard to find Jeff Koon Puppy vase maybe? is there something like this on the market?

posted by cgillespie on November 1, 2011 at 11:09am
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I love this space and colour scheme and I think the Damien Hirst fits perfectly. I want one!

posted by Dervla on November 2, 2011 at 8:59pm
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Oh Mark... Is it possible to fall in love with someone just based on his décor? ::sigh::

posted by joseph23 on November 3, 2011 at 3:07pm
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I love how the TV disappears against the Navy Blue wall, hidden in plain sight!

posted by PopcornGal on November 3, 2011 at 10:57pm
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Lovely, very sophisticated room. Is that a marble wall where the floating shelves are installed?

posted by jillya on November 4, 2011 at 12:19pm
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I don't see the other entrants responding so I don't know if it is appropriate to respond. Oh well.

cary2fred: I've been described as low-key, understated, and simple with a wink. And so, your descriptions "but not over the top" and "slight edge" resonated with me. The object in the corner (stacked boxes) is in fact an akari light fixture.

MelanieAch: The coffee table is from Knoll.  It also functions as a bench and is very kid friendly (8 nieces and nephews)

brittanylynn and Graphist:  There is a method to my madness. I attempted to create balance with the three prints on the navy blue wall which extends into the open kitchen. There is another print that is similar in size to the one by the paper lamp.  And so, when you look across the full length of the blue wall (living room and kitchen), The Independent does not appear to be to so random and large.  Also, the first photo exaggerates the size of The Independent as I stood on a stool to snap the photo.  At eye level, you may find there is more balance.  No doubt though, the print is a large piece.

The room is intentionally positioned "looking away" from the green wall.  It would have been too overwhelming to see the green upon entry and as a backdrop to my television.  I wanted The Independent to be the focal point when you walk into the room.  And because the green wall is too harsh on its own, I created a single clean line across the center of the wall with the prints to break it up.  Finally, I'm thinking about putting a credenza against the green wall or behind the sofa which would cover The Independent.

I lived in a much larger apartment before moving to Brooklyn where the coffee table and Eames ottoman co-existed right next to each other for several years.  During that time frame, I rarely used the ottoman as a footrest.  When I moved to this smaller unit, it didn't bother me to re-position the ottoman behind the sofa for extra seating.  Plus, I just couldn't part with that coffee table.    However, I do have three perfect replacements waiting should the funds miraculously become available.  

lorrinm: In the last photo, I have some dried flowers and a Rauschenberg print with hints of yellow.  Mustard is actually a color I considered to compliment some of my artwork.

cgillespie:  Yes, that is a Jeff Koons Puppy Vase (or as my brother calls it - an umbrella holder).  A search online will reveal a number of galleries and auctions featuring the sculpture.

joseph23:  Only if the room truly reflects the owner.  Sure.

jillya:  Not a solid marble wall.  Marble tiles on the facade.

Thanks again for all the positive comments.

posted by BillyRes on November 5, 2011 at 9:45am
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is this one brooklyn bridge park?? love the blue, green, white combo. classic, preppy, modern.

posted by jmsnyc on November 5, 2011 at 1:02pm
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OMG...Its beautiful....never before have I seen navy blue and bright green exist in as much harmony...Great space.
Love that the artwork is huge...anything smaller would have been lost imho.

I love the Tiger prints...source?

posted by sushla on November 5, 2011 at 1:12pm
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such an inspiration for my new house!

posted by Aldeir on November 7, 2011 at 2:36pm
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I absolutely love the space. The dark navy color on the wals actually makes the are seem larger...I think your whole space is beautiful and unique.

posted by Tania @ chiquiita.blogspot.com on November 12, 2011 at 4:42am
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That is absolutely my favourite Hirst piece - I recently bought a print of it for my own place. Interesting to see how great it looks somewhere with a completely different colour palatte to mine. Lovely.

posted by ElleOh on November 13, 2011 at 12:21am
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This is my favorite entry...the colors are different, the place is elegant and very unique. Good taste and good color combination!

posted by Tania @ chiquiita.blogspot.com on November 13, 2011 at 11:10am
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I've been wanting to paint a wall navy blue for a long time and have been discouraged by friends, but this is giving me the courage to do it. YAY! NAVY BLUE. One accent wall. It's gorgeous. Well done!

posted by Wildsong on November 13, 2011 at 10:03pm
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It might be a bit pre-mature to throw in the towel - it was fun while it lasted.

posted by BillyRes on November 16, 2011 at 6:18am
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Good bold choices for the art and wall colors.

posted by seanvik on April 26, 2012 at 7:35pm
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