An elegant, colourful and layered interiors scheme for a family home in New Jersey

KNOF Design has created an elegant, colourful and layered interiors scheme for a private family home that merges a recently married couple’s tastes, in the form of classic French interiors and the geometry of the art deco period. The new scheme is for a 6-bed, 6,500 sq ft property in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, which is part of a 4,000-strong lakeside community located within the Manhattan commuter belt. 


The house is arranged so that it opens up immediately on entry into two formal rooms, with the formal living room to the right and the formal dining room to the left, both are clearly visible one from the other. The spaces were designed with a similar, linking palette of colour and materials, including strong blue tones, textured finishes and layering, as well as furniture with a distinctly luxurious feel. Subtle added glamour comes from dynamic, large-scale floral wallcoverings, metallic finishes in gold and brass and standout chandelier lighting.


Both formal receiving rooms feature highly polished existing timber flooring, with new overlaid rugs. Both rooms also feature stunning woven silk wall coverings from Phillip Jeffries. In the formal living room, the Tirreno Blue Amalfi Silk wall covering is used, whilst a large-scale wild meadow flower print in the formal dining room is the WISH Bright in silk linen. The dining room also features timber half-panelling on the walls and this helps to balance out this strong print and prevents it from overwhelming the room. A grand piano is positioned to the rear left side of the room, whilst the final striking piece of furniture is a stunning hand-painted screen in silvered leaves. This floor-standing screen, from Argento, features four panels and is decorated sans traverse with Japanese flying cranes, inspired by a Japanese original. The decoration includes crushed eggshell inlays and was hand-tooled with gold leaf.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a distinct deco feel, with mirrored-accent furniture including an Amelie Mirrored Console in hardwood with mirrored veneers, as well as mirrored bedside tables from Z Galleries. These feature hand-applied silver leaf and silver beaded trim whilst the drawers are accented with brushed silver hardware. The room features light linen curtains and Brian Yates Back to Nature natural linen wallpaper.

The young daughter of the house’s room features a highly textured purple and pink colourway. The animal print theme finds further expression in the wall treatment; Cole & Son’s “Folie” wallpaper: a playful take on a French toile with a tropical feel and illustrations of flamingos and palm trees. The young boy’s room is a fun room, with playful layers and patterns. 


  • Interior Architecture and Design: KNOF Design
  • Photography Credit: Sean Litchfield