Interior Design as Web Design Inspiration: Betsey Johnson’s Dining Room

By Nicole Heymer | May 29 2015
Interior design as inspiration for web design
Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo via New York Magazine

I can’t think of a better source for visual branding inspiration than interior design — the textures, the colors, the shapes, the representation of different eras. There’s just so much happening in a well-designed room. It’s a treasure trove for a web design style sheet.

Case in point: Betsey Johnson’s dining room, which was recently chosen by Ghislaine Viñas as her “favorite room” for an article in New York Magazine. Such a fabulous inspiration for the right website.

Can’t you just see it?

There are so many elements that would come together splendidly: graphic floral, baby pink and mustard (together at last!), a heading font inspired by the lines of the chairs…

Color Palette


black and white


Regular and On Hover



Conqueror Carved Font
Font: AW Conqueror Carved

Body Copy

Fira Sans
Font: Fira Sans Extra Light

Social Media Buttons

mustard social media icons
On Hover

Interior designers…

Do you have a room in your portfolio that could inspire some digital design? Drop me a note. I’d love to feature your work in this series.

Everyone else…

What do you think? Would you use a favorite room to inspire a DIY rebrand or guide your brand designer? Do you have a particular room in mind?

(19) Comments
  • I love this so much!!!! Can’t wait to see more beauties from this series 🙂

    • curioelectro
      | 29 May 2015

      Thank you, Kat!

  • Katy
    | 29 May 2015

    This is brilliant! I love this idea – I get how to create a color palette for three dimensional space, but seem to struggle with creating one for my website. Thank you for this great tip!

    And Betsey Johnson’s dining room?!? Pardon me whilst I go **swoon**

    • curioelectro
      | 29 May 2015

      Sigh. I know, right? I want this to be MY dining room.

  • Colleen
    | 29 May 2015

    This is awesome! I love the style sheet. Perhaps my next website?

    • curioelectro
      | 30 May 2015

      Sure! That’s the beauty of this idea. We COULD actually use Betsey’s Johnson’s dining room to inspire your next website:)

  • Sam
    | 30 May 2015

    Sigh… and now I want a new website and colour pallet.

    What a great idea!!

    • curioelectro
      | 4 June 2015

      Start thinking about it for the future. Why not? We all re-do our websites eventually:)

  • Nela
    | 4 June 2015

    Classy! 🙂

    I love taking cues from life for website design, I have a (really old) blog post with photos of details around my apartment that lent inspiration for what is still at the moment my website design.
    (I’m working on a new one, though)

    Recently my partner and I went shopping for furniture and he couldn’t get me off the sofas and textile samples, I was over the moon with color combinations and patterns 🙂

    • curioelectro
      | 4 June 2015

      Your comment gave me feelings. Like a strong urge to just get up, get in my car and go walk around a high-end furniture store. And I want to go find that old blog post because it sounds great.

  • Trista
    | 4 June 2015

    Gah! I love this color combination, and great font choice 🙂

    • curioelectro
      | 4 June 2015

      Thanks, Trista. I thought the pink and mustardy color combo was really refreshing too. You don’t see it everywhere.

  • Raj
    | 4 June 2015

    This is ace. Great concept. Following for sure.

  • Emily
    | 4 June 2015

    Brilliant use of inspiration and the application of that inspiration! Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to see the next one you do. So fun!

  • Daniela Uslan
    | 4 June 2015

    I love this concept! Websites are our online homes, and you really showed how that works in terms of design. Wonderful post.

  • Janet
    | 4 June 2015

    Lovely! I love using things in the world as inspiration and the idea of using an part of your home as inspiration for your online home so nice! 🙂

  • Shauna s.
    | 4 June 2015

    I love this idea and the colors. It’s cool to see Betsey Johnson used as an example. She is one of my favorite fashion designers. The social buttons look great.

  • Melissa
    | 5 June 2015

    This is really interesting. I’d never consider drawing from a room design for a website inspiration. I love it!

  • Christine
    | 6 November 2015

    Just found our website. Love your website inspiration from interiors. I am currently rethinking my website for the future. This will definately give me a lot to think about!

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