Would You Pick Your Home’s Color Palette Based on Your Cat?


Editor’s Note: Julie Carlson is the editor-in-chief of Catster’s sister Say Media publication, Remodelista. She and her design-savvy team sit right next to the Dogster/Catster crowd at our San Francisco office and we recently learned that she put together a Catster + Remodelista mash-up as a fun experiment that had yet to be published anywhere. So, of course we wanted to publish it! Here are some rooms in Julie’s home that she says her cat, Hunter, inspired.

A Vogue editor once said that no house is complete without the animating presence of a pet (cat or dog), and I agree. In my case, I’ve taken it a step further: my Abyssinian cat has also inspired the color palette of my living/dining room, with shades of green, golden brown, and black predominating (all of which can be found in the natural coloring of the noble Abyssinian).

Hunter, born on January 1, 1990, queen of 146 La Goma Street. (Hunter has since passed away, but her palette lives on.)


A selection of shades from Fired Earth, reflecting the coloration of the Abyssinian cat.


White walls, golden brown cabinetry, green velvet pillows: who designed this room?


Note the watery greens of the oil painting and the variegated shades of golden brown in the table and chairs.


More shades of green, black, and brown, reflecting the coloration of the Abyssinian.

Catster readers: Have your cats inspired your home decor? How would you design a room around a beautiful Bengal, classic tabby or Russian Blue?

P.S. Julie will be on Martha Stewart’s show this Tuesday, April 17. Catch her segment at 10 a.m. EST and PST, and 9 a.m. CST on the Hallmark Channel.

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