American Modern Thomas O'Brien Traditional Staircase, New York
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Use antiques to soften modern lines. Achieve the O'Brien look with a pale palette. Paint walls, trim and ceiling white or cream. For flooring, use light-colored marble, wood like pine or bamboo, or wood painted white or cream. This is a classic modernist trick to amplify the size or light in a room. To counteract the white-box effect, decorate with well-worn and well-loved pieces. Here, O'Brien chose an antique Swedish settee to soften the starkness of the formal hallway.Tip: O'Brien is a master at layering elegant, muted colors. When decorating with white, employ various shades to create depth. For example, use a slightly creamier color for trim than what's on the walls to create visual interest. The same applies to furniture.