Interior Designer Keren Richter Took Inspiration From a Painting in Imagining This Brooklyn Townhouse

In designing her clients’ Prospect Heights townhouse, designer Keren Richter of White Arrow says her goal was to “create a warm and inviting interior that complemented the home’s modern finishes—matte white oak flooring, white marble, black-accented metalwork, and walnut cabinetry.”

Richter adds that she found design inspiration from the homeowners’ large-scale Raymond Saunders painting and “its moody, dark colors and red accents.”

The end result is a townhouse filled with furnishings designed by a bevy of independent designers, as well as some contemporary pieces and vintage lighting and furniture, as a way of supporting the client’s existing art and ceramics collection. The home’s furniture, on the other hand, is a mix of jewel tones that are “complemented by grand gestures and greenery that emphasize ceiling heights and the home’s natural light.”

Ultimately, Richter says she and her design team “achieved a dynamic feel by pairing darker finishes with reflective brass accents and cool geometric silhouettes often to complement natural organic textures.”

Explore the home below.

Living Room

living room, blue couches

Thomas Richter

In this abode’s double-height living room sits a large-scale tree, meant to complement the space’s sizable skylight. “The 10-foot tree towers over the Four Hands cane cupboard and adds a grand sculptural gesture,” Richter enthuses. “We paired the Highland House blue velvet tuxedo sofa with a custom textile artwork created by Thompson Street Studio and a coffee table from Croft House.”

Artwork: Thompson Street Studio and Periodic Table of New York Trash by Molly Young and Teddy Blanks. Accessories: MQuan and owner’s own. Throw: Daniel Barreto. Vessel: Nedda Atassi. Tuxedo sofa: Highland House Furniture. Cupboard: Four Hands. Side table: vintage. Coffee table: Croft House. Armchairs: CB2. Credenza: Four Hands.

    Dining Room

    dining room table

    Thomas Richter

    “Our client inherited a large-scale oil painting by Raymond Saunders, and its scale and color palate were the inspiration for the rich tones of their dining room,” explains Richter. This space also boasts a custom flatweave Moroccan rug from RRESS and a white oak dining table inspired by Axel Einer Hjorth.

    Rug: RRESS. Dining chair: CB2. Dining table: Four Hands. Artwork: Raymond Saunders. Pendant light: Jaime Hayon for &Tradition.

      Dressing Room

      room with outside view

      Thomas Richter

      With plenty of windows in the dressing area/sitting room, there is no shortage of natural light here. Plus, this enclave features a wall of storage, thanks to Reform cabinetry created in collaboration with Muller Van Severen, featuring an “accented brass toe kick and hardware.” There’s also a handmade woven pendant light by WeraJane and a wool rug from Cold Picnic, which, as Richter professes, adds “fun colors and artful details.”

      Cabinet: Reform x “Match” by Muller Van Severen. Daybed: CB2. Armchair: West Elm. Pendant light: WeraJane. Side table: Crate & Barrel. Rug: Cold Picnic.

        Primary Bedroom

        master bedroom

        Thomas Richter

        Dark blue floor-to-ceiling window treatments are a focal point of the primary bedroom, which are complemented by an emerald green Paavo Tynell pendant light, as well as a custom walnut floating nightstand and pendant lights by Buster and Punch.

        Nightstands: custom. Sconces: Buster + Punch. Pendant light: Paavo Tynell. Sheets: Parachute. Bed and coverlet: Owner’s own. Pillow: Etsy. Artwork: Lady of the Lake by Horace Pippin and a handkerchief print by Yayoi Kusama.

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