Meadow Brook Farm, Connecticut

Daring Designer Plays With Color

When it comes to color, designer Paula Perlini likes to take a walk on the wild side

Quoted from Connecticut Cottages & Gardens



“At the core, I’m pretty much traditional, except I’m all about doing wild color,” she says. “I’m always trying to convince my clients to move away from white or even worse, gray walls because I believe color adds depth and makes everything from pictures to furnishings come alive.”

The home she and her husband, Carl Christensen, renovated in Lyme more than substantiates her point.

When the duo purchased the 18th-century structure seven years ago, Perlini couldn’t wait to cover the existing living room paneling in a vivid tone of granny apple green (“I call it lyme,” she chuckles), infuse the Venetian plaster in the master bedroom with a serene shade of seafoam, and cover the walls in the kitchen addition in an arts and crafts wallpaper with an orange and mustard print on a hemlock background. READ MORE