Palm Beach Design: Gil Walsh

“Whether it’s contemporary, traditional, or transitional, it’s all about having ‘good taste,’” declares Gil Walsh of her interior designs. In neutral palettes or vibrant colors, her aesthetic embodies elegance and sophistication, with close attention to color, shape, pattern, texture, balance, scale, layers, and movement.

That said, she does retain a sense of fun and whimsy. One of the trends she’s enjoyed in the past year is that of palm imagery. “It can be replicated in large scale on a wallpaper to elevate a space and add a sense of drama,” she says, “or you can introduce a fresh tropical vibe in the space by foregoing the typical green palm and using a bolder color palette of blue, yellow, and teal.”

Gil Walsh

Similarly, she notes that using single prints—covering a room in the same print from floor to ceiling—“invokes a glamorous, yet timelessly chic feeling to the space,” says Walsh. “It’s a simple way to incite drama and style.”

Looking ahead, she’s already using Pantone’s color of the year, Classic Blue (“a familiar, calming shade,” she says), in her designs—like the one shown above, a neutral backdrop with vibrant blue furnishings.

Also very of-the-moment, she says, is layered design: mixing new pieces with old items, often ones that have been passed down through many generations. “This mixing and matching of old and new creates a space that is timeless,” says Walsh. “When you step away from the modern, clean and minimal aesthetic to the timeless art of layering, you’re creating a more dynamic and multifaceted environment. The layered look brings a culture to your home that gives a sense of depth, and provides conversation points for your guests.”

Way ahead of Pantone’s color of the year, Gil Walsh’s use of color and pattern take center stage in this Palm Beach living space.