In our new Eye on Interior Design series we are chatting with some seriously talented interior designers whose creative uses of color and art left us in awe.
This week we caught up with Danielle Colding, a New York-based interior designer and head of Danielle Colding Design, Inc. The designer founded the firm in 2006 and in 2012 she won the seventh season of HGTV’s “Design Star.” She then started her own show called “Shop This Room” — quite the list of accomplishments!
We love Danielle’s elegant and chic designs. Find out more about her below!
Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I am the principal designer and founder of Danielle Colding Design, Inc. I have been in business since 2006 serving both residential and commercial clients. In my business we are known for highly personalized, comfortable interiors with an emphasis on color, texture, global accents and original art.
When did you first get interested in interior design?
I’ve always been interested in interior design but didn’t know it was a profession until much later in life. I spent my childhood making design decisions with my mom all the time. We spent hours in Fortunoff or ABC Home and Carpet debating artwork and rug colors. And she always valued my opinion.
It’s funny because looking back design was a part of everything we did even thought at that point we didn’t yet treat it like something to be revered. We lived in a house and wanted that house to be beautiful and reflect who were were. That was pretty much it.
What kind of art do you like?
I love modern art. I am a sucker for abstract pieces with bold colors and patterns. I also tend to gravitate toward black and white photography.
What’s your best piece of advice when it comes to decorating a home with art?
Art is completely subjective so like I say with everything in the home go with what you love. Go with what moves you. The other thing to consider is the impact of art and how and where you want to display it. I love the idea of starting with the art and then designing the space around it. When you approach a space this way it is important to focus on color palette and space.
You want to make sure that you have a coordinated space without being too matchy. I recently designed an entire apartment around the art collection and it was one of my favorite projects to date. Art is a great starting point.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I drive the same car I’ve been driving since high school! A 1991 Jeep Wrangler… that I still get compliments on thank you very much.
Stay tuned for the next interview!