For interior guru Richard Mishaan, a bold and daring mixture of influences within interior design isn’t something a good designer should shy away from. On the contrary, in his newest book “Artfully Modern” you will see examples of colors, eras and styles thrown together not quite randomly, but certainly not exclusive of each other.
One clear sign of a Richard Mishaan design is an artful yet unexpected blend of individual pieces. In his apartment, a visitor will see modern masters full of comics and graffiti right alongside classical furniture of the 1930s through 1940s and even a 16th century gilded Italian mirror. For Richard Mishaan, as long as the pieces look harmonious together, he does not care about what date or era that they were created in. He has also designed a loft for a SoHo couple filled with antique furniture, taxidermy, and contemporary paintings. While that is a contemporary approach, it’s one he has been following religiously for thirty years.
Richard Mishaan was born in Cartagena, Columbia and raised partly in Italy. The Columbian and Italian influences continue to sway his work, especially when it comes to color. He continues to have homes in Italy, and still treasures his memories of Columbian cities and their bold, vibrant color schemes.
Those memories carry through when he decorates a home, usually with more than just a splash of color. His Hampton’s House, also featured in “Artfully Modern” pictures, has a bright blue and white kitchen, flame stiches, stripes, and even plain everywhere. Other, client kitchens are lime green and beautiful.
Richard Mishaan even has tips for decorating a small apartment. To make a small space seem bigger, paint warm white walls and a white ceiling to expand the room, even if it’s only a trick of the eyes. He also recommends floating the bed, rather than crunching it against a wall, to maximize space with two usable areas instead of one. In a living room, low chairs, strong colors painted behind a couch, and using two small tables are also good optical illusions to make a little space feel big.