Michael Taylor

Decorating...is... and exercise in alchemy, a long discredited medieval science of making precious objects out of base ones.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

Interior decorating is the frivolous sister of the architectural profession.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

The selective eye must be an experienced eye, an eye that knows the genuine pleasures of harmonious colors and textures, of sensitive line and proportion, of the play in contrasts of light and shade. The selective eye must see beyond immediate limitations, recognize possibilities that a fertile imagination suggests, and translate the difference between the genuine and the false.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

People have often said to me, "But you don't use much color." This is not so at all. I build a simple background - usually of white or of a very light shade - for the use of color.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

To be successful, a room must contain the element of contrast - in forms as well as in colors and textures.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

The most beautiful rooms are those that retain a feeling of not being quite finished. There is still a place for a painting on that wall, still a chair to be found that will suit that corner...meanwhile the room stays alive, young and growing.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

The most beautiful rooms are those that retain a feeling of not being quite finished. There is still a place for a painting on that wall, still a chair to be found that will suit that corner...meanwhile the room stays alive, young and growing.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

Decorating is a mysterious profession.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

A decorator should...be blessed with a sixth sense - a kind of artistic alchemy which endows the articles of furniture with that elusive quality of livableness which transforms houses into homes.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

...A high ceiling...makes every woman look beautiful when she enters the room; but if a low ceiling practically scalps her, she comes into the room looking like a pigmy.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

In real decorating there are no precedents. Every house, every room is different, and you cannot be sure of the exact position any object should occupy until you try it out.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

We must demand that all things that come into the realm of our private world, our houses and our rooms, be a delight to the eye and a satisfaction to the intellect.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

I was really not responsible for a "new look" so much as I was for bringing back the "white look" which Syrie Maugham had created in the America of the twenties.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

A good room...should give one...the exciting feeling that the owner is a part of it and that it is for him a personal triumph, whether or not it follows a recognizable trend.
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

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