This Project Will Convince You to Color-Block Your Entire Home

For the second consecutive year, renowned interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch is working on the retail space for Villa Noailles, located on the French Riviera—a region the Nice-born designer knows well. For this new iteration, Pierre gave life to decor full of bright hues and geometric motifs, partly inspired by the rectangular plantings in the garden.

If you’re looking for something interesting to do with a garden, look no further.

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“I wanted to work with audacious colorways to create a fun, eye-catching space that highlights the design objects—curated this year by Graziella Semerciyan gallery—and also pay homage to the cubist nature of the building originally designed in the 1920s by Robert Mallet-Stevens for patrons of the arts Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles,” Pierre says. “In a literal sense, by playing with different tones of blue and adding several colors to the square vignettes, there is a three-dimensional cubed nature to the space that is representative of the Villa Noailles’s modernist history. Marie-Laure’s eccentric personality and her ability to be one of the most daring patrons of her time allowed for Mallet-Stevens to create a boldly designed space that calls for a form of elitism unencumbered by social norm. I wanted the playfulness of the design of the boutique to reflect that spirit.”

The organically shaped Lucille Uhlrich sculpture makes a statement in its highly angular display box.

The brightly hued colors make the more neutral pieces really pop out from their displays.

The variations of blue and the red details on the walls help give a sense of depth and tranquility throughout. They also act as a serene backdrop in contrast to the mix of contemporary and vintage design and art pieces, such as ceramics by Anne Agbadou-Masson, Lucille Uhlrich, and Hélène Labadie, among others.

“Colors have a huge impact on the overall ambience of a space,” Pierre says. “When well used, they allow [us] to see art in a different and better way.”

It’s good to remember that if you really want to go heavy with color, there are so many different surfaces in your home that can be painted. Case in point: every bit of an archway or door jamb.

Intuitively drawn to blue-green, the French interior designer confesses to using more color in recent years. “I have been deeply influenced by Le Corbusier, who said, ‘Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light,’ and by others such as Eliel Saarinen,” he says.

This lively project perfectly exemplifies how to use color with no limits to shape a specific atmosphere, whether in a commercial or living space, a space that is cozy or youthful, elegant or casual, relaxing or vibrant. “I use the dusty rose and deeper red colors in the interiors I design to add a sense of warmth to a room and to make it stand out from the rest,” Pierre explains. “I also occasionally use this bright bold blue color in furniture to create a modern focal point in the space.”

Offering endless possibilities, color plays with light, textures, and finishes—but above all, awakens anyone’s imagination and creativity.

To make the space even more interesting, billowing fabric across the ceiling adds a textural element throughout the day.

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