Spotlight: Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

Lee Ann Thorton interviews for NewWall

Images by: James Merrel

We had the chance to sit town with designer, Lee Ann Thornton, to hear about her work and love for wallpaper. Read below to learn more about Lee Ann and her tips for using wallpaper.

Lee Ann Thornton‘s design aesthetic was informed by having grown up living in New York City, Connecticut, and Los Angeles. She seamlessly has merged the influences of one coast to the other in her original, trademark style. Her design firm was launched in Greenwich, Connecticut in 2003, and specializes in both high-end residential and commercial projects.

Lee Ann’s signature interpretative style is both warm and luxurious while capturing the fine details and personal lifestyle of each client. Lee Ann finds inspiration in the colors and comfort of classic design and enjoys updating this aesthetic to suit contemporary individuals and families. She is known for balancing style and comfort and firmly believes elegance and practicality can be combined for today’s family living. Beautiful fabrics, inviting palettes, and colorations combined with original and graceful furniture are hallmarks of Lee Ann Thornton Interiors. Lee Ann’s wit and charm inspire the look of her interiors; nuanced in a lively, often playful yet classically styled tradition.

Lee Ann Thornton interviews for NewWall
Lee Ann Thorton interiors dining with wallpaper


“I’m always happiest in a project

that I’ve been able to use a wall covering.”


What is your favorite space you have designed that included wallpaper?

I would have to say a family room where I was able to incorporate wallpaper to match a large sectional and it created an incredibly chic and really comfortable space.

If your clients were brave enough – what fun project would you do with wallpaper?

I would wallpaper the ceilings throughout the house and high gloss all of the crown moldings so that the home would appear to have incredibly tall ceilings and the look would flow.

What is the best way to use wallpaper in a large space?

A wallpaper that matches the fabric and allows the room and its furnishings to stand out. For example, a pale blue damask print on the walls and furnishings would make for a drop dead gorgeous scene.

What is the best way to use wallpaper in a small space, such as a powder room?

My favorite way to wallpaper a powder room is to wallpaper the walls, ceilings and – if applicable – the sconce shades. Total jewel box!

What are the most out of the box ways you have used wallpaper in the past?

I used a chocolate brown faux tree bark high gloss wallpaper mixed with super chic jewel-like lighting fixtures that created the chicest powder room.

Lee Ann Thorton Interiors interviews with NewWall, powder room wallpaper
Your top NewWall products:

1: Birdbranch stripe EX/BBS/4232/02, Timorous Beasties – I love the cornflower blue with the little birds and can see this looking great in a breakfast room.

2: Blotch Stripe BDC/BLS/PRL/05, Timorous Beasties – this would look great playing on outdoor colors in a beach cabana

3: Colonnade blotch BDC/CND/PRL/04, Timorous Beasties – I would love to see this in a coffered ceiling in a highly lacquered dining room in South Hampton

4: Cordes 2503-3, Tres Tintas – The vertical stripes on this sisal textured wallpaper adds a nice dimension and helps develop layers in any room, plus the indigo color is super versatile.

5: Wheel of Fortune Grasscloth Slate Kinney, Abnormals Anonymous – Grasscloth is a great texture for large walls in any room and the wheels/medallions add interest for the eye.

NewWall patterns by Timorous Beasties Wallpaper
Follow Lee Ann Thorton on Instagram @thornton_designs.

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