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True Colors

Three Texas tastemakers share the hues that make them happy—and the chromatic must-haves they’re coveting right now.

“The main thing, even in a formal setting, is to make your home your ultimate haven, and I like to help achieve that feeling with lots of color,” says interior designer Courtnay Tartt Elias, photographed in a Houston living room she accented with splashes of green. 

Au Coeur de la Vie Hermès silk pillow, $3,000, Tribute Goods 

Privê daybed, price upon request, bykoket.‌com

Alchemy dinner plate, price upon request, by Jeffrey Bilhuber for de

“Art is a wonderful way to personalize your space and bring color into your room, so gather home decor inspiration from your favorite piece of art,” says Moll Anderson, photographed in her Dallas home. 

Acrylic box with amethyst topper, $425, by CAC Mosaic Designs at Mecox 

Ceramic Rain garden stool, $375, by Emissary at Mecox 

Purple agate tray, $495, by Raquel Frankenberg at Mecox

Katie Kime calls the kitchen her favorite room in her Austin studio and showroom.

“I picked Confident Yellow from Sherwin-Williams for the windows,” she says, “and it lived up to its name.” 

Emil quartz rose sofa, $1,049,  

Marion short sculpture, $480, Arteriors 

Watermarks wallpaper in blush, $188 per double roll, Katie Kime 

Going Green
“Nature is the ultimate color inspiration,” says Courtnay Tartt Elias, creative director and principal of Houston-based Creative Tonic. “If you look outside, there are endless color combinations to choose from.” For a neutral-hued room, the interior designer might look to the subtle shades of tree bark, rocks and pine needles, or she might let a room’s palette be guided by the blues of the sky or the different variations of green found in leaves, plants and trees. “Green is the most perfect color in nature and is truly a neutral to me,” says Elias. “Green goes with anything—it can be bold or it can be just a whisper.”

Purple Reign
“Being a person who lives her passion, it’s no surprise to me now that all hues of purple were destined to be a part of my life,” says Moll Anderson. “Purple is sophisticated, elegant, playful, romantic and protective.” It’s also just one of many vibrant hues gracing Anderson’s Dallas home, which is fitting for a woman who literally wrote the book on color—last year’s Change Your Home, Change Your Life With Color: What’s Your Color Story? “Since colors hold different memories and energies, it’s important to understand your personal connections to specific colors to determine which speak to you and how,” she says. “No one can tell you what color to love; you are your own personal color expert.”

Pretty in Pink
“I’ve always been a color girl,” says Katie Kime. “Ask anyone I know and they will tell you I’ve never been a minimalist.” As the founder and creative director of her Austin-based namesake fashion and home decor brand, Kime has become known for her zippy patterns and unpredictable color combinations. “Finding the right palette is the most important element for me when beginning a collection,” she says. “Bright colors and prints are in the Katie Kime DNA.” The designer put both to use in the 1930s bungalow she recently reimagined as a design studio and showroom. The kitchen, which features pops of pink against bright yellow window panes, is just one of the many colorful corners in the East Austin cottage.