Color Thoughts With Debra Stein, Palm Beach County

ALT="Debra J Interiors, masculine red room, Jupiter, Florida"These color thoughts are shared by Palm Beach County’s Debra J. Stein, principal of Debra J Interiors in Florida. Debra has been in the region for some 20 years delivering expertise in how to make lifestyles elegant with luxuriously creative interior design.

From the looks of her website, portfolio of projects on Houzz, Facebook page, and Pinterest, Debra is delighting her clients no matter where they live. She has special gifts and an even more special approach to visualization. She can envision a bare room and one that needs a makeover in minutes. She then works to lead her clients to a comfortable place with their stamp of approval to bring interiors to life.

Notice how Debra expresses herself when asked for her color thoughts? You know from her responses that there is greatness bottled up inside, and she taps the cork each time she has the privilege of working in clients’ homes.

This piece is written by me, Jayme Soulati, president of Soulati Media, Inc. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Debra Stein of Palm Beach County, over the last several months, and I’d like you to know her well, too.

ALT="Debra J Interiors, Debra Stein Palm Beach County"Color Thoughts With Debra J. Stein

What is your favorite color?

Debra: I have a favorite color for different things. I love pink; it’s the essence of who I am, but I don’t want a pink living room. I have a pink purse, and it makes me happy.

I like pink accents, too. Pink is a happy color and relatable. For my poodles, I prefer black or white with a pink bow, of course.

I love to paint walls with salmon orange. I like colors that are sophisticated and that make us think. I often wonder, “What is the hue behind that?” There are thousands of colors and very unusual colors in between.

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Is color masculine or feminine?

Debra: Definitely! There are colors that will bridge the gap. When I see dominant colors I think of men. For example, bright red in a library is very masculine. Deep dark blue is, too. Purple is ambiguous and universal. It has both masculine and feminine qualities. I appreciate interiors that combine masculine and feminine colors.

It’s always a challenge to take pictures of interiors. Cameras can’t capture color.
The Internet is not great for color, either. When I put tile, fabric and paint together for a room, I must order samples of each. It’s an unwritten rule; I never order anything sight unseen. That’s like playing Russian roulette! Fabrics are really important to get samples of because each lot is different. It’s also force of habit. Back in the day, we wrote orders manually. Everything was handwritten, and we included a swatch to get approval for the custom order.

How about your home? Is any room in your home decorated in your favorite colors?

Debra: I look at color all day long, so I’m soothed with a more neutral palette; it’s calming to me. The main living area is monochromatic. Sometimes I splash red and yellow and mix interesting textures.

I like to mix woods, metals and patterned fabrics. I have a black iron jaguar that sits on my dining room table as a centerpiece. I put an antique pot from Indonesia on the breakfast nook. When there’s a lot of wood in a room, it needs color to pop it and find the happy side.

In my master bedroom, there are muted reds, beiges and tans that I like.

Are people afraid of color?

Debra: I think not only are people afraid of color; but they are afraid of change. to stand out. People want to be perceived in a certain way and that’s why they may be afraid to stand out.

There are times when I paint a room, and people freak and call me. They say, “OMG, I don’t like that color!” While it was merely a darker hue of beige, they say they can’t live with darker beige. I coach them off the ledge and ask for their patience until the entire room is complete. Only then, will it be OK. The design, furniture, fabrics, window and floor treatments, and accessories all complement darker beige.

Not everyone has the art of visualization, so it’s my responsibility to nurture and coach him or her through the experience. Ultimately, I’m a salesperson; I am convincing my client they will love the room when I’m done. When they give me the nod to proceed, and I work my magic, then everyone is happy including me.