Thom Browne and Andrew Bolton's living room color is a new classic – the perfect scheme invokes bold luxury

The designer and curator created a gorgeous home that's made contemporary with this one striking color

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One word that comes to mind when admiring Thom Browne and Andrew Bolton's living room: chic.

Given that Browne's eponymous label forever upended the conventions around men's suiting and Bolton is the Curator in Chief of the Met Costume Institute, the beauty of their living room is expected. However, the way the timeless style comes together is more surprising. Browne and Bolton's designer, David Kleinberg Design Associates, has decided to shirk trends and instead go for a timeless, elegant look with emerald green at its center.

The striking look is more than a passing fad: it's a new classic. Bolton and Browne's combination of emerald green with a gray sofa, white walls, and yellow art celebrates transitional design and uplifts an unusual living room color scheme.

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What makes the unexpected shade so appealing? 'The bright green tables immediately draw the eye, creating a strong visual focal point in the room. This pop of color contrasts sharply with the more subdued tones of the room, such as the dark furniture and neutral walls, making the space more dynamic and engaging,' Nicholas Kaiko, Sydney-based interior designer, tells Homes & Gardens.

Nicholas Kaiko
Nicholas Kaiko

Nicholas Kaiko, founder of Kaiko Design Interiors, is a highly sought-after interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. With over a decade of experience in the interior design industry, Nic has honed his skills as an interior architect and decorator, working on luxury hotels and high-end residential projects both locally and internationally.

He continues, 'The green does not stand alone; it is echoed in the rug, which features shades of green in its pattern. This repetition of colour helps to unify the space and ties the different elements together, contributing to a cohesive look.'

The green living room toes the line between being both striking and grounded. Manuela Hamilford, Founder and Creative Director of Hamilford Design, states: 'Green is a very bold choice, especially contrasted against the orange artwork on the wall behind. It’s tempered slightly by the monochrome backdrop, which allows the green to be centre stage. Green is believed to be a color of tranquility and serenity, with the clean symmetry of this room, it certainly feels very calm.'

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Manuela Hamilford

Manuela was born in Vicenza, Italy and then moved to New York City to start her career in design, where she gained a flair for interiors and a passion for bespoke home furnishings. She founded her luxury interiors studio, Hamilford Design, in London in 2000.

Living room with an occassional chair in Rapture & Wright fabric

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Of the timeless color scheme Kaiko adds, 'The room balances neutral tones with bold colours effectively. The deep green provides a refreshing contrast to the warm golds and browns in the painting and the sofa upholstery, as well as the dark tones of the furniture. This use of contrasting colors enhances the overall aesthetic appeal and makes the space feel balanced.'

He continues, 'The colors in the painting are amplified by the nearby furniture choices, showing a thoughtful consideration of the color relationships within the room. The classical paneling detailing with the eclectic mix of mid-century style sofa and what appears to be a Märta Blomstedt armchair just out of frame to the right demonstrates a bold yet balanced approach to using color to define and enrich a space.'

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Green is undeniably stylish, and it looks the best it has ever looked in Thom Browne and Andrew Bolton's living room.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.