Vive Le Contrast

BY DESIGN

December 08, 1991|By YOLANDA GARFIELD

This remodeled Baltimore County bedroom suite is a study in contrasts. Once tiny, contemporary and gloomy, it is now spacious and celebrates an uninhibited French country flair.

Owners Susan and Gary Talles worked with interior designer Janet Plitt of Morgan Truesdell Interiors to create a his/her bath and dressing area, a sitting room to be used as a study for both adults, and a bedroom that would be luxurious, exciting and yet still accessible to their two children.

The colors provide instant appeal because of their strong contrasts. Ms. Plitt believes that the judicious use of black sparks most colors, so she selected black marble for the bathroom floors, white for the study, and white carpeting. Throughout, black is a dominant theme as background or accent. Most walls are vividly patterned: white lattice against a green ground for the bedroom, and in the bath a precise, intense floral grounded in black. Elsewhere, walls are mirrored, reflecting creamy backgrounds and elaborate moldings.

The owners' request for separate study areas led Ms. Plitt to contrast masculine and feminine moods within the same room. For the masculine side, Gary Talles' Louis XV desk has been placed beneath the strong curves of a Chapman chandelier with a bird motif. A feminine mood in the other corner may be attributed to the antique fainting couch reupholstered in a pale striped Scalamandre satin, and also to the two antique chairs.

The marble floor has been topped with a Stark area rug, which was custom-made to match the flowers and colors of the bedroom's Clarence House quilt and draperies, all made by

Meadow Mill Draperies of Baltimore.

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