If you’re a fan of decorator Elaine Griffin, you’ll enjoy your May magazine subscriptions.
In Better Homes and Gardens magazine‘s May “Color” column, contributing editor Griffin discusses lightening your decor by incorporating a range of blues in shades drawn from the sky and sea. Among her tips: Use pillows to add a punch of citrus and use darker shades of blue in rooms exposed to lots of natural light, paler shades in rooms with less exposure.
For a glimpse into Griffin’s personal decorating style, see the spreads of her apartment in May’s Elle Decor magazine. Griffin shares a 1,000-foot apartment in an 1890s Harlem brownstone with her husband of just over two years. Here the only blue visible is the midnight blue on the bedroom’s walls; the room is also decorated with richly colored Indian tapestries, vibrant lithographs from a Parisian gallery, and an antique wedding sari.
The home has a decidedly masculine color scheme with walls in black, British khaki, olive and forest green; a heady mix of antiques and near-antiques found in Parisian flea markets; and a dash of IKEA here and there. In the Elle Decor story, Griffin talks about marrying her vision for the apartment with that of her husband–the space also reflects the blend of comfort, accessibility and elegance found in her interior design work.