Anne Campbell’s Design Tips for Adding a Pop of Red to Black-and-White Colorway
The design consultant recommends creative ways to bring the crimson color into a neutral palette
By Anne Campbell
Lead photo by Seamus Payne
When it comes to my design mantra, the phrase ‘pop of color’ is one that I consider a visual prerequisite. Particularly when paired with a classically chic black and white aesthetic. Though muted tones certainly have their moment, the sophistication of a B&W palette will always be in style. As is the occasion to use an ampersand. With the duo being so dynamically different, bringing in a third party color, even the most subtle poppy or crimson, will bring about balance and add a proper punch to the picture.
To hear more, we sat down to chat all things black, white and red with Anne Campbell, who, when not putting her talents to work as project manager for Austin-based Interior Design firm, Sarah Wittenbraker Design, is assisting her husband and co-founder of Campbell Landscape Architecture, as well as contributing to CamilleStyles.com and Magnolia Journal. From houndstooth hides to spark-worthy wicks, this trio of a color story is one worthy of a whirl.
Black Dog Rug from Kyle Bunting
A hint of houndstooth goes a long way. This black and white hide from rug boss Kyle Bunting adds the perfect Vogue-esque vibes to your foyer or living room.
(Contact Kyle Bunting for pricing) kylebunting.com
Red/White Striped Cotton Teddy Bear layered on top of Black Gingham Cotton Blanket
Gingham — but make it fashion. A cozy checked picnic blanket from de Buci Baby, paired with one of their striped teddy bears, is a picture perfect moment waiting to be snapped.
($65 for teddy bear; $90 for blanket) debucibaby.com
Le Feu De L’eau Rouge Garden Rose Candle from ByGeorge
Basic candles are so blasé. This splurge-worthy number, featuring rich notes of red Moroccan and white rose, is just what you need to kick off this new year with a fragrant bang.
Gubi Black and Brass Multi Light Pendant
This black and brass light is just edgy enough, and just classic enough, to make it
to the tippy top of my light lust list.
‘Adrift’ Series from Minta Maria
Buzzy Austin shutterbug Minta Maria was named this year’s Texas Book Festival poster gal for good reason — her work speaks for itself, and then some. Her gorgeous new ‘Adrift’ series, featuring newspaper forms made from the Sunday New York Times from Jan — Dec 2020, is beautiful and thought provoking.
(Unframed prints starting at $575) mintamaria.com
Ubuntu Life Salad Tongs
Your salad game just got a glow up. These bone inlay hand-carved servers are almost too pretty to actually use … almost.
Kristy Stafford ‘Holly Red’ fabric from Supply Showroom
Color me smitten with all things Supply Showroom. This geometric-with-a-twist material from Kristy Stafford, sold locally at the chic fabric-stacked boutique, is at the top of my current lust list.
(Contact Supply Showroom for pricing) supplyshowroom.com
Copa Ink Wallpaper from Studio Habita
ATX wallpaper maven Emily Wong knows her way around a well-designed space. This bold graphic wallpaper, when juxtaposed against thoughtfully selected antique framed art, is a combination worth repeating.
($70 per roll) studiohabita.com
Brandon Mike Arete Sconce
Local artist Brandon Mike can make blackened steel and hand-sculpted concrete and hand blown glass into something breathtaking. I’m head over heels.
(Contact Brandon Mike for pricing) brandonmike.com
Bit Stool Cone by Normann Copenhagen
Reminiscent of your grandmother’s 1950s cookware, this black and white speckled stool, sold locally at Urbanspace Interiors, adds vintage pizzazz without breaking the bank.
Red No. 1 by Kelti Smith
If you (like me) have been obsessing over decking your walls with your own Kelti Smith art, here’s your chance. This gorgeous handmade piece that comes pre-framed will be an instant upgrade to any room in your abode.