Last Look: Beth Clark of B. Clark Interior Design

Beth Clark, Owner of B. Clark Interior Design in Portland, OR, was honored with an IDS Designer of the Year Award for this dining room that adds function and the bold mid-century vibe her client wanted, achieved through her choice of materials, colors and curated accessories.

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1. My clients wanted something bold and appropriate to the mid-century modern style of the house. They also love to entertain, so it was important for the room to feel welcoming to friends and family. We used a mix of materials to create a dramatic, warm place that showcased the mid-century modern style. The ceiling brings warmth and interest to this room. The texture and the soft tones of gray and beige add to the mix. The contrast between those tones and the saturated color on the wall creates a fun mix of subtle and bold. I knew I wanted grasscloth wallpaper. This paper has colors ranging from navy to lime green which adds subtle interest. We painted the interior walls a soft turquoise to contrast between the ceiling and the wallpaper, drawing the eye in and creating a cozy space.

2. The furnishings were chosen to provide enough seating and still have room for a console. They needed to be bold enough to not be overwhelmed by the wall treatments. We added a statement chandelier with a mid-century feel. The lines going in multiple directions creates a sense of energy and movement. The black table in the space add interest, and the soft blue chairs add balance. The console table adds lightness with its white zigzag interior, and the walnut contrasts with the lighter ceiling.

3. There wasn’t a lot of room for accessories, so they were carefully edited. An acrylic and brass mirror brings in a lighter feel while referencing the chandelier. My client requested a sculptural piece that would be a nod to her work as a medical professional. This sculpture does that in a subtle way that also adds some interesting angles to this corner.

Beth Clark
Beth Clark, Owner of B. Clark Interior Design in Portland, OR.