Bring Dorothy Draper to Your Home

The Dorothy Draper look is unmistakable. Intense colors, bold patterns and lively furnishings combine to create rooms that are fun, functional—and most of all, memorable. Fans of interior design know that Dorothy Draper pioneered the field and was the most famous designer in America from around 1930 through 1960. Her work can still be seen today in locations such as The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.


Bringing home a bit of Dorothy Draper style is easier than you might think. She established her own design principles that are easy to follow. And when it comes to furnishings, you’ll love the personality and quality of the pieces in the Dorothy Draper collection from Kindel Furniture.


Here are some tips for creating your own Dorothy Draper-inspired look:



Color is a key component of any Dorothy Draper-inspired design. She was a color expert and wasn’t afraid to use vibrant, splashy colors and mix bold hues in never-before-seen combinations like aubergine and pink with a touch of chartreuse and turquoise blue. She also favored the combination of dull white and shiny black. To bring this look to your home, forget brown, gray and neutral—instead focus on clear colors (instead of muted) and exciting color combinations like green, red and coral. Try painting a focal wall in a bold color or adding vibrant pillows to a white or neutral sofa.


Pattern & Scale

Though it was before her time, Draper embodied the phrase “Go big, or go home.” She frequently paired her signature oversized cabbage rose chintz patterns with bold stripes and ornate plaster designs and moldings. She is known for exaggerated and bold botanical fabrics, enormous floral prints, and accents of animal and zebra patterns. Her signature flooring was a black and white checkerboard pattern. She favored wallpapers that made a statement with oversized graphics, geometric shapes and trellis designs. Today, these oversized patterns are easy to find in fabrics and wall coverings. And don’t be afraid to use a big pattern in a small space, it can actually work to your advantage.



The Dorothy Draper style is luxurious and formal, yet comfortable. There’s a touch of romance and more than a little whimsy—it’s elegant yet fun. Kindel Furniture’s Dorothy Draper collection captures this essence with furniture adapted and inspired from her designs. Painted and wood finishes make it easy to mix antique pieces with newer ones. Mirrors are an important design element for her look and reflect the beauty of bold color and pattern choices. And when it comes to collectibles, Draper set the standard: “If you are collector, let other people share your pride and joy,” she said. “Don’t sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble. Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective. Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis. Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage.”


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Pop Goes the Color

A simple way of updating a room is to add ‘pops’ of color. If you watch HGTV or home decorating shows, you’ve probably heard this term before. If not, it simply means to use color in concentrated areas instead of all over. It’s particularly useful when you just want a little bit of bold color. Like turquoise or orange—you may not be ready to paint a whole room with them, but a few well-placed accessories in these shades can give you a ‘pop’ of color.


More ways to add a ‘pop’ of color include layering a colorful throw on the side of a chair or adding new accent pillows to your sofa. A pair of ottomans in a bold color, placed in front of the fireplace or cocktail table, makes a colorful statement. You can even change out your lamps or add a few brightly hued accessories to liven up
a room.


And don’t forget to look down. If you have a largely solid, neutral carpeting or flooring, think about adding a
colorful rug. Choose a color or pattern that will tie all the elements in the room together.


The best part about ‘pops’ of color is that they’re simple to update. If you eventually get tired of a color or you’re ready to explore another, they’re items that are easy to replace.


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2012 Spring Furniture Market

Since 1909 the who’s who in the furniture industry have been visiting the Furniture Market every spring and fall. With over 10 million feet of exhibit space filled with the most beautiful furniture in the world and designed by the top designers in the industry – it is hard not to be inspired! We have just returned from the spring Market and wanted to share some of our favorite pictures so you can get inspired too!


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Creative Color Tips

If you love color but are a bit unsure how to use it, we can help. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite color tips to make it easy to add new hues to your home.

  1. Dining Rooms are Ideal. Whether you choose paint or wallpaper, the dining room is the perfect room for color. Bold colors work well in these spaces, while still allowing the dining table to be the focal point. And, many dining rooms have wainscoting or extra moldings, which help balance a deep wall color.
  2. Mix it Up. Don’t be afraid to mix natural wood tones and painted finishes. We love the look of a traditional table in a brown finish, mixed with chairs painted in a cream or off-white.
  3. Create a Flow. If you are going to use a variety of colors throughout your house, use the same value of colors so that each room is tied together and flows well.
  4. Be Strategic. Strategically use color throughout your home so that the colors have more impact. For example, instead of using bold colors in every room, choose the rooms where they’ll make the biggest impression—such as the powder room, dining room or bedroom.

And remember, the best part about color is how you feel when you walk in your new room. So be sure to keep
us posted; we’d love to hear about your favorite home décor colors and see photos of your room successes.


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Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango is a brilliant color that truly POPS! This vibrant shade of reddish-orange is both exotic and charming, delivering a warmth unlike any other. Over the years, the attention grabbing Orange has grown in the hearts  of both designers and consumers, erupting in 2012 as a trend. Fashion designers Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini are all absorbing our favorite shade of orange in their spring fashion lines!


Incorporate Tangerine Tango into your home, and bring bursts of warmth and energy into your favorite rooms!  Brighten your more neutral decor by adding small pops of this exciting tone throughout a room.


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Interior Design by Sheffield!

The warm, beautiful images displayed below are all homes recently completed by Sheffield’s own interior design team! The beauty of Sheffield’s design service is that you have the option to employ as much or as little of the talent we offer as you want. From accessory placement, paint and color matching, to full room floor plans and custom window treatments, blinds and bed linens — YOU are in control of the home we build together.

Click here to view Sheffield’s array of highly talented designers  and their portfolios to find the interior decorator who best suits your design preferences.


With your input, and Sheffield’s knowledge and talent, your dream home is closer than ever.



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