Unexpected Wall Treatments from the Beekman Boys
The stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys offer three fresh inspirations for walls from their new book
"The biggest 'wow' factor a room can have is when you use something in a nontraditional way." That's how Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge think when designing a space, a philosophy reflected in Beekman 1802 Style, their new book. They like the idea of covering walls with home-center ceiling medallions, louvered shutters, or even open books (really). They've lined walls with faux-tin ceiling tiles and nestled mitered strips of picture molding together to create a dramatic chevron effect. What inspires them? "A lot of times our ideas come from going to big-box stores and seeing what's on clearance. Scoring a bulk quantity of something for very little investment really makes us more creative. We have nothing to lose!" Here, a few designs they love.
Think beyond the roll when it comes to wallpaper. A stack of 1960s Ukrainian newspapers bought at a flea market for $20 serves as a graphic backdrop for vintage plumbing fixtures in this bath. All it took to transform the sheets into a moisture-resistant wall covering: wallpaper paste, flat-finish craft sealant—and a little extra patience.
Pro advice: "For interesting wall finishes, visit high-end retailers, hotels, and restaurants in your area. You'll get a glimpse of all the latest trends and a true 'touch and feel' experience." — Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, founders, Beekman 1802, Sharon Springs, N.Y.
More often seen running vertically than horizontally, grooved boards, here painted a steely gray, form a handsome background for an armless sofa, playing up its long, low lines. They also visually widen a tight space. A collection of small framed mirrors spans the area above the sofa, avoiding the all-too-common misstep of centering something undersized directly above furniture.
Another kind of planked treatment enlivens this kitchen and mediates between two tones of vibrant green. Modern faux-bois porcelain floor tiles form a pale neutral backsplash below minty-green walls and soften the transition from the white countertops and teal cabinets below. Their long lengths mean minimal seams and grout lines.