Red Cabinet

Photo: Fernando Bengoecha

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Minimalist but not stark, this approach doses simple, edgy shapes with bursts of color—from peppy stripes and solids to powerful black-and-white.

Skip the bric-a-brac here—the shape's the thing. A space-age white light presiding over a glossy credenza. A sleek side table. A fishbowl-inspired vase. All that simplicity lets you go crazy with color. There's already plenty going on with so many explosive shades in the mix (a carpet with bright bands averts a clash by tying them all together). A touch of whimsy: The noble Roman profile reminds you that what's old is new again.