Kit Kemp’s space-enhancing color rule will change how you use bold tones for good

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Interior designer Kit Kemp’s name is synonymous with color. Drawing influences from all corners of the world, her decorating palette spans from Barbados-inspired turquoise to rusty oranges of New York City. However, despite her use of abundant color, Kit’s schemes are far from overwhelming. Instead, her room color ideas remain perfectly balanced and always surprising. 

But what is the secret behind her sumptuous schemes? In conversation with H&G, the Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels (opens in new tab) and Kit Kemp Design Studio (opens in new tab) sat down alongside Massachusetts-based designer Annie Selke (opens in new tab) for a masterclass in color. And her color balancing rule was at the top of the agenda.

Kit Kemp’s rule for a curated color scheme

Grey paint and yellow sofa surrounding a multi-colored rug

(Image credit: Kit Kemp Design Studio)

According to Kit Kemp, the key to using a strong color is to let it breathe. This means you assess the space around the bold hue and see how it works alongside other colors. How does it reflect against the other tones in your space?

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