David Hicks — what genius interiors. Bold, but edited. Previously, I have shown some of his most outrageous, neon designs, published at the same time I compiled David Hicks: Biography and Comprehensive Online Guide. Then, I spotlighted 10 tablescapes by Hicks. Today: 22 photos of 19 luscious David Hicks living room designs — these are more classic: Classic-modern. Study these photos and you can learn a lot about elements of great interior design. All photos used with permission of The Estate of David Hicks.
Hicks is famous for his use of interlocking geometrics — usually seen in his rugs. Clever how the octagons in the rug repeat the octagons in the table. And spy: Monstera deliciosa, the iconic midcentury house plant.
How often do you see periwinkle and hot pink used together. Hicks backs off from this color combo from becoming cloying, but adding a clearer blue in the tables, and a clearer pink in the table lamps.
Details to note: Lucite coffee table “disappears”… built-in bookshelves… plug-in, swing-arm sconces. Butterscotch.
I’m getting a disco vibe from this one. The mix of modern and antique is lovely.
Remember how back in the day, they used to drape round occasional tables in a tablecloth, and then scape them? That is a good idea worth reviving. And tulip chairs: Not just for the kitchen.
Another of the things I like about these interiors, is that they are not over-embellished. If you are an avid collector, it’s easy to fill every corner… Maybe less is more, some times or for a change.
Even when Hicks uses light-colored carpets, its seems there is a tone-on-tone design. These are looking like early 1980s colors to me, and I’m liking them just fine. Notice again: Built-in shelves, this time with mirrors..
Love this. What a great color, this 1970s (?) green… mixed with this 1970s (?) blue.
Same living room, different angle. Dig the window shade.
This room is all about texture. Warmth.
Built-ins. Big art. Symmettry.
Restful backdrop to show off eclectic artwork. Dig the clear lucite fireplace screen.
Looks like this is a big room. One of many in a stately manor, perhaps?
Ahh, same room as the photo prior, not as big as I thought, but still pretty big. I like the Pops of color.
The room is old… The draperies say old-money… but the decor: Keeping up with the times.
What an interesting angle. Apparently David Hicks was a master at designing for the camera. In this room, notice the flood light pointing toward the seating area… The pinch pleat hardware hidden behind a valance that spans the entire wall…well scaled art.
You need a housekeeper to keep up with dusting all the vases and urns in this room…
I should do a story just on the coffee tables. He likes Parson’s tables, clear Lucite and on occasion, lacquer.
Wallpaper and zebra strips on wood parquet, oh my. I am thinking the inhabitants are off at the Disco right now.
I wanted to call that a day bed. But squinting, it looks like three pieces…
Little parson’s table – covered in the same design as the tablecloth across the room. Little bit of red in the draperies, pulling from the chairs. Herringbone wood floor, medium-rich brown finish.
When I die and go to heaven, I want to go decorating with David Hicks.