We asked top interior designers about their go-to colors; what's hot and not; market must-sees and more. This week: Jason Mitchell of J Ansel Designs.
How would you describe your signature style? Curated. Timeless. I love mixing old and new pieces in a space that creates curiosities throughout a room that sparks the “why” and “where” questions
When and how did you know you wanted to design interiors as a career? As a child as far as I could remember, my grandmother and mother would often challenge my “peculiars” or my creative from a perspective that was never afforded to them and was often snubbed of me by others. They allowed me to create spaces in the home, afterward inviting neighbors over to see what I’d done. They often gave me the opportunity to accompany them to antique shops and yard sales around town and allowed me to choose something that I thought would look great in our home. It never dawned on me that this would lead to an affinity for styling interior spaces that others would call their home.
What’s your favorite part of your job? Finding the impossible and making it memorable for the client. Telling the untold story.
What’s the first piece you like to begin a room design? That piece that’s important to the space. That piece that creates conversation and holds energy. Whether your friends and family like it or not … and no, I’m not hanging it or displaying it just because you gave it to me. Ask yourself, “Does it feel right?” Follow your instinct.
What design "rules" do you love to break? Ceilings, trim and baseboards can be painted a different color—it’s only paint.
What are your go-to colors? Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17, Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258 and Sherwin-Williams Mindful Gray SW 7016. When I’m stuck, I draw inspiration from the fashion world and natural landscapes.
What's hot? What's not? Hot: Go for the gusto and stop following the trend—set it! Obsess over every single detail. After all, you have to live with it! Not: The thoughts of others on your space. Try it, and if it doesn’t work, change it!
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