Savvy desgn strategies make this interior as compelling as it is calming.

Why It Works

A soft, neutral palette runs throughout the home, uniting the décor and infusing it with tranquility and elegance. Barton chose Benjamin Moore’s REvere Pewter –”a warm, tawny gray”– to dress the walls, trim and ceilings. “With so much show-and-tell in the home, I needed this one constant,” Barton explains.

Curved furnishings and rounded fixtures offset the architecture’s sharp angles and straight lines. “They help soften the spaces and add a sense of informality that is comforting and calm,” Barton says.

While the designer introduced a few punchy patterns, she relied mainly on texture to deliver interest and dimension to the interior spaces. From natural stone and wire-brushes woods to plus rugs and rich velvets, a broad assortment of texture-rich materials provides the intrigue and visual depth that mark the décor.

To satisfy her clients’ desire for both grounded and glamorous elements, Barton chose expressive materials that are both natural and enchanting: richly patterned marbles, sparkling crystals, gleaming brass, smoked glass and light-toned woods. “Nothing is vanilla or precious,” she says.

When it comes to smart design, size matters. Barton paid close attention to scale as she furnished the interior with features and furnishings that ideally suit the individual spaces. In the voluminous great room, for example, the massive stone fireplace and large velvet sectional ground the ample space without overwhelming it. In the compact kitchen, on the other hand, she chose open shelves, painted cabinets and a single focal point (the Ilve range), that adorn the small room without intruding on its small space.

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