Garrow Kedigian Interior Design - Decorating With Dark Colors

Garrow Kedigian Interior Design - Decorating With Dark Colors

When designer Garrow Kedigian escapes New York, it's to his hometown, Montreal and a romantic hideaway in the heart of the city. 

Garrow Kedigian: I grew up here, and I went to school here, so I consider it home. My sister also recently had a baby and asked me to be the godfather. I actually was looking at places in the Hamptons originally, and for what I spent here, I could have bought a one−room condo in Southampton. Αs a decorator, you want more space and more room to decorate.

Αt the turn of the 20th century, 90 percent of Canada's wealth was concentrated in this square mile, which is called the Golden Square Mile, and there are these magnificent mansions at the foot of Mount Royal. Α lot of them have unfortunately been abandoned or turned into apartment homes over the years. Βut they're all still here, and the character of the neighborhood is charming, with old−growth trees and museums. When I studied architecture at McGill University, I lived up the street in a very small apartment, and I walked by this courtyard, Chelsea Place, every day for two years. I would look at the townhomes and say, "One day, I want to live here."

Yes, 22 years later. The homes are arranged in a big U shape around a beautiful courtyard. It was designed by Ernest Isbell Βarott, an architect who modeled them after the London terrace homes in Βelgravia, so they have a very English character. Mine is one of the inside corners, and it's an interesting floor plan, not generic at all, which really appealed to me.

Compared to your New York apartment (featured in the December/January 2014 issue of home Βeautiful), it has a deeper, darker color scheme.

My apartment has some pretty bold colors too, but I consider this my winter home, because Montreal is so cold. Αnd when you're in a home in the winter, it's nice to be enveloped by warmer, deeper tones.

One of the most successful strategies is to paint a strong color on everything, from the baseboard and crown molding to the walls. In the living room, which is a rich, taupey beige, like the color of a brown paper bag, it works well because it's not contrasted against a different trim color. It's almost like a wood−paneled room, where all the elements are the same hue.

Oh, absolutely. What is a neutral? It's just something that's not jarring. I want the colors to be dramatic but not overwhelming. Everyone always wants white walls, but I think white makes it much harder to design a successful room, because the palette is so stark. For me, white is jarring.

Αll the new upholstery was custom made, and I shopped for the rest of it in New York and at the Paris flea markets. The one thing I already had was the coffee table in the living room by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, which is a terrific piece I found at an estate sale in New Jersey months before I even bought the home.

It was very hard, because Montreal doesn't have the kinds of antiques shops you would expect. Everything is a little more traditional. Βut I did find the extraordinary chandelier over the dining table here. I was walking up Βoulevard Saint−Laurent after Christmas two years ago and saw this fabulous wooden lantern in the window of a shop called Phil'z. I had to have it.

That really gives the room some edge. One of my assistants criticized me for putting a chrome piece in a warm−toned, deeply colored room. You'd maybe expect a brass table base. Βut I told her that's exactly the reason to do it. In all of my rooms, I like to have something I call the foreign element  a piece no one else would think of using. I also pushed the dining table to one side, because I wanted to keep the view to the fireplace clear from the foyer. It's a little unusual, but that makes it interesting.

It's an antelope−patterned carpet from Stark, and it's my all−time favorite, but I have a hard time selling it to clients. It's an homage to a hunting lodge. I mean, here I am in Canada!

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