Interior Designer Andrea Schumacher Shares Her Showstopping Style
Boisterous patterns romp on walls, flowers dance on armchairs and vivid hues shine throughout Andrea Schumacher’s spaces. Schumacher has an eye for drama, and her previous experience as a Hollywood set designer infuses her interior design. We spoke with Schumacher on how she adds vibrancy and flair to projects for her eponymous Denver design firm.
Tell us about being a set designer.
I was a 19-year-old intern at Days of Our Lives, then I worked at Columbia Pictures. I used to shop for accessories at movie houses. They have aisles of products based on era, like an aisle of Victorian candlesticks, chairs and doilies. Then I went back to college and fell into interior design.
What are a few ways to create drama in a project? I like visually exciting interiors, and I bring energy to a space with color and pattern. It’s also important to make homes look collected over time by using unique conversation pieces that are weird or have a sense of humor. And I really try to capture how my clients live in the space and how they can bring vibrancy to their own home.
How do you decide on an overall look for a space?
I find one item or pattern to use as a jumping-off point. Sometimes it’s a small vase from the client’s grandma; sometimes it’s the client’s Archie Bunker-style avocado-green chair from 1952. From there, I pull patterns that look good with it and mix colors that wouldn’t ordinarily be put together.
Any favorite colors?
I love bright greens and different shades of blue. Green is the only color on the color wheel that is neither warm nor cold; it’s totally neutral. And blue is so soothing and has a range of options that go from calm to energizing. I like to mix the two.
Could you share a trick of the trade?
Putting in wallpaper, like a thicker grasscloth, covers up terrible drywall. It solves two issues in one: You get a really dramatic wall, and you don’t have to deal with the drywall.
Any areas where you like to add extra oomph?
I always try to make people see that the ceiling is a fifth wall. If you do floral on walls, then put a graphic on the ceiling — that makes the whole space.