Glamorous Bedroom Decor Tips from Ann Getty

Ann Getty’s eyes have always been wide open—whether as a child searching for ripe peaches to pick or as a renowned designer of “exceptional” antiques. “I am drawn to the great examples in any genre, whether furniture, textiles, rugs, or art, or something I don’t even know about yet,” she tells Diane Dorrans Saeks, author of Ann Getty: Interior Style.


Ann Getty Interior Style

“Ann Getty: Interior Style” by Diane Dorrans Saeks. Rizzoli International Publications,
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Honed by studious years at UC Berkeley and in Asia, Getty’s style feels “personal and cohesive,” yet wildly eclectic and unusually intense. With Saek’s book, readers can tour nine homes Getty has decorated and learn from how she combines diverse styles to create stunning fantasy rooms.

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Getty is an expert at creating glamorous bedroom decor, as seen in the room shown here. Getty gave one small-scale guest bedroom “a hint of grandeur” with a large George III-style bedstead with fluted columnar posts. “I love the fearless scale and guts of English antiques,” said Getty. “They have personality. They bring so much character to a room.” The small floral-themed bedroom also features a pink camellia painting by Paul Cezanne. Getty’s own glamorous bedroom decor is just as lush as the others. The room’s centerpiece, a late 18th-century Chippendale painted-and-gilded bed, and blue wallpaper hand-painted with birds and butterflies enliven the space, while favorite paintings by Cassat, Balthus and Degas grace the tops of antique Neoclassical tables. (Photo via

While Getty lavishes elegant bedrooms and bathrooms on her clients’ homes, she experiments in her own country house. When the ever-changing “blue bedroom” was photographed for Saeks’ book, the primarily blue and white color scheme—established by the teal walls and pale embroidered silk draperies—was echoed by chairs upholstered in 18th-century blue silk brocade and challenged by pink and white floral Chippendale chairs. For a startling contrast, a nearby “bamboo” guest bedroom reflects the aesthetic of Mughal India, complete with an antique padouk wood chest painted with palace garden scenes.
Aesthetic audacity marks Getty’s work, as readers of Saek’s book discover. Martin Chapman, a San Francisco museum curator, describes Getty’s San Francisco home as “arranged in a concentrated manner that no museum would dare to do.” With its lush color photographs and detailed captions, Ann Getty: Interior Style presents readers with a rare opportunity to learn from the woman who Chapman calls the world’s “bravest and most knowledge collector.”


by Elaine K. Phillips



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