Classic Draper

classic dorothy draper

Want to replicate Dorothy Draper’s classic aesthetic?  Here are a few tips from her classic interior design book Decorating is Fun!

1. Black & White Marble Floor – 18″ Squares, on the diagonal.

2. White-painted Dado & Chair Rail (use the “snowiest” white you can find).

3. Paint the ceilings a ‘Thomas Jefferson’ pale aqua blue.

4. Striped Wallpaper – 3″ or 5″ thick (she believed stripes were decorating’s common denominator).

5. Happy, Full-blown flowery chintz for draperies or upholstery (stripes and a flowery chintz were a romantic combination).

6. A touch of black – lampshades, coffee table, or a simple black lacquered box.

7. Braided trim on chairs, sofas, and curtains. She LOVED fringe. Big braided tie backs are a must.

The book was originally published in 1939 and is still available to purchase today.


The Dorothy Draper Paint Collection Curated by Benjamin Moore


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