Billy Baldwin

...I've always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake.
Billy Baldwin

Everything in a bedroom should contribute to an atmosphere of peace.
Billy Baldwin

The most luxurious bedrooms have as little dressing equipment as possible.
Billy Baldwin

Decorators should never insist on throwing out everything the client has. Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality.
Billy Baldwin

There is magic...in the deep-jewel-colored room, warm and mysterious, where you discover its many beauties as you sit, seduced slowly.
Billy Baldwin

If you spend most of your decorating money on a Chippendale table or a Chinese lacquer screen, don't fill in the gaps with mediocrity. Forget the gaps for a while; just have simple slipcover in one pretty color. Then, as you can, acquire other good pieces that are compatible in one pretty color. Let the room grow slowly to maturity.
Billy Baldwin

When you want to transform a room into a entirely different animal, change the color.
Billy Baldwin

A person with a real flair is a gambler at heart.
Billy Baldwin

If you have marvelous taste and know exactly what you want, you don't need a decorator.
Billy Baldwin

[on American decorating] We can recognize and give credit where credit is due to the debt of taste we owe to Europe, but we have taste, too - in fact, we're a whole empire to taste. That is my flag, and I love to wear it.
Billy Baldwin

Nothing is in good taste unless it suits the way you live. What's practical is beautiful...and suitability always overrules fashion.
Billy Baldwin

Great blends of pattern, like great dishes, must be carefully tasted. And constant tasting is what teaches a cook how to taste.
Billy Baldwin

Let's be honest about it. That big room isn't the living room at all. Unless you have a great many rooms, that is a ghastly waste of space. The living room should be lived in.
Billy Baldwin

When you arrange your living room furniture, think less of symmetry and more of comfort.
Billy Baldwin

Great blends of pattern, like great dishes, must be carefully tasted. And constant tasting is what teaches a cook how to taste.
Billy Baldwin

Comfort is perhaps the ultimate luxury.
Billy Baldwin

When you ignore the logic of the eye, the result may be a room that is disastrously uncomfortable even though it is undeniably beautiful.
Billy Baldwin

The best decoration in the world is a roomful of books.
Billy Baldwin

When you ignore the logic of the eye, the result may be a room that is disastrously uncomfortable even though it is undeniably beautiful.
Billy Baldwin

Suitability is the quality that makes things durable.
Billy Baldwin

What's practical is beautiful... and suitability always overrules fashion.
Billy Baldwin

Stick to the things you really love. An honest room is always up to date.
Billy Baldwin

Lately I have been thinking how comfort is perhaps the ultimate luxury.
Billy Baldwin

I have far too much respect for art to reduce it to decoration. A picture should never be bought to be a part of decoration....if a picture isn't loved for itself and by the person who buys it, it shouldn't be bought at all.
Billy Baldwin

I believe...that we should always leave room for a picture or pictures. Then, when the perfect ones come along - those you simply cannot live without - the room suddenly seems to have been waiting for them, and welcomes them.
Billy Baldwin

Quality is always essential whatever the price.
Billy Baldwin

If I find that something I am doing is becoming a trend, I run from it like the plague.
Billy Baldwin

The first rule of decoration is that you can break almost all the other rules.
Billy Baldwin

You should never be so aware of a room that it comes between you and the person you are with. That's not decoration, it's interference.
Billy Baldwin

Nothing is worse than a hallway where only the ceiling is lit- you feel as if you're groping your way through a tunnel.
Billy Baldwin

Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.
Billy Baldwin

The wilder the idea, the newer, the farther out, the more it demands that you know why you want it.
Billy Baldwin

Never adopt a particular style and peddle it as your own. Always be personal, always be flexible. Many decorators fall into a trap, and when they finally want to do something a little different, they find they cannot because their clients have stereotyped them.
Billy Baldwin, Ruby Ross Wood

There is one fundamental fact about lighting: Where there is no light, there is no beauty.
Billy Baldwin, Ruby Ross Wood

The final judge in decorating, as any wise decorator knows, is not the "logic of the mind, but the logic of the eye."
Billy Baldwin, Ruby Ross Wood

Decorating is the art of arranging beautiful things comfortably.
Billy Baldwin, Ruby Ross Wood

[on early days of 20th century interior design] We were the upstarts and between our younger ideas and the fabulous and growing array of fabrics, papers and colors everywhere, decorating in America was just about as emotional an art as it had ever been.
Billy Baldwin, House & Garden

Minor changes can always be made later, but the point of view is there.
Billy Baldwin, Decorating

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