It is my pleasure to welcome Patrick Printy – talented US interior designer and art director. Enjoy the interview. I sure did!
How would you describe your own style?
I think my style is constantly evolving. It changes with each client and each home. I am so influenced by the client’s lifestyle and the architecture of the structure that each project is truly unique for me. I have a few guiding principles. I certainly always mix styles/periods. I don’t take it too seriously, I never want a space feel too precious or over-designed. And I always want my rooms to have character and feel comfortable.
What inspired you to get into design?
My grandmother. She had the most amazing style in both fashion and interiors. I never realized how much she influenced me until I was an adult. I still get inspired by rooms in her homes that I remember from when I was young.
Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?
A global approach to design. Even if you are working on only one room make sure it feels connected to the rest of the house through architectural details, colors and styling.
Is there a designer that has influenced you?
Not personally, but I think Steven Gambrel is just amazing.
Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?
It really can be anything. I try to let it come from the client, I don’t have any specific processes or rules for designing.
How do you achieve a good scale? Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.
It’s all about balance and that can be achieved in so many different ways. I think it’s almost a sixth sense, something that you either have or you don’t.
What’s your one best piece of advice on lighting?
Do not used recessed ceiling fixtures.
What is the biggest mistake people make when they decide to decorate their own homes without the guidance of a designer?
Only using pieces of a certain style or period which makes a space feel very one-dimensional.
What do you love to do when you are not designing?
I always seem to be fixing something around the house, re-landscaping the yard, or spending time with friends and our dogs.
What are your favorite books?
The Fountainhead, To Kill A Mockingbird, anything by JM Coetzee.
What does success mean to you?
The ability to work only with people I like.
My signature question – what are the most important design elements?
In all areas of design I think the most important element is texture. In fabric, wood, furniture, accessories – the layers of texture are what truly make a space come to life and feel personal.
photos: Laura Resen for Elle Decor