Designer Spotlight: Tim Clarke
Take a design cue from Santa Monica, California-based designer Tim Clarke, who is known for stunning arrangements and easy beach elegance.
Make a Statement
For houses with open floor plans, Tim covers the walls in white paint to let stunning views take center stage (pictured here, All White, 2005, by Farrow & Ball). For rooms where homeowners want lots of color, like a kids’ bedroom, he amps up energy with bright accessories and patterned textiles—hot pink anyone?
Modern, Yet Cozy
Shining and Bright
Look beyond blue and green for a nature-inspired palette. Tim found inspiration for this guest room’s wall color from the insides of razor clam shells. A woven saddle-leather headboard and bleached-oak frame complement the lightness of window shades and white ceiling and trim.
Untreated cedar paneling creates an spa-like atmosphere in this bath. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also adds an unexpected level of warmth and character.
Fresh Spin on Neutrals
Reverse the typical paint approach—color on walls and white for the trim—to frame coastal views. Tim chose Pratt & Lambert’s China White (33-8) and Gossamer (32-26) for this living room. A single shot of color—like this plum-colored wing chair—instantly livens up a neutral palette.
When putting together a wall art gallery, Tim incorporates different type of media—black-and-white photographs, paintings, and drawings. He also experiments with various styles of mats and frames to create an unintentional and eclectic look.
Subtle and Comfortable
Inviting Guest Room
Tim created an artful arrangement in this guest bedroom by mixing several motifs—textured, chalky matte, and transparent—to design a smart, balanced look. Antique accents throughout—from the quilt to the nightstand—complement the more ornate details such as the lamp and mirror detailing on the headboard.
Tim keeps calm earth tones alive with modern elements such as a clear teardrop lamp base and a burst of green in a white polished vase.