Prudence Home + Design

Prudence Bailey & Whitney McNell

Prudence Home + Design is a full-service design firm specializing in clean, fresh interiors blending modern and traditional styles. Prudence and Whitney strive to create curated spaces that reflect their clients' tastes and styles. They embrace color and love how it instantly adds a smile to each room.

Benjamin Moore

Amelia Island Blue (2044-40)


Plain and Purl



Benjamin Moore

Venezuelan Sea (2054-30)

Q&A with the Designer

What elements define your style?
We are known for our use of color as the common thread amongst all our work. We love to blend classic styles with modern or vintage and embrace the unexpected.
What parts of the coastline did you look to when choosing these colors? Was it the nature? The way you feel when you’re at the beach, a specific memory or vacation, etc.?
We were inspired by nature and the sky at dawn and dusk: the pink and blue sky on a morning run or in the evening with a glass of wine. The absolute turquoise of the ocean against white sand and the deeper color as you head out to sea.
There are many trends we see a lot in design along the Connecticut Shoreline and New England, what about your design differentiates you from these trends?
We see a lot of grey colors in design here in CT and our use of color definitely differentiates us. We feel color adds a smile to every room and aren't afraid to mix patterns.
What influences your paint selections, do you tend to use the same colors a lot or are you always looking to try new colors and products?
Big believers in the color white! We work with a few go-to whites that make for a great backdrop for any bright colors we choose to accent with! We are also big fans of high gloss finishes on trim and ceilings. We love to try new products. We recently tried Curator Paints and absolutely fell in love with the finish and color saturation of the paint.
What’s your favorite part about living and working on the Connecticut coast?
The beautiful seascape is constant inspiration for color stories we use. Nature always tells the best story for color pairing.
Favorite waterside restaurant on the Shoreline?
The Whelk in Westport
Favorite shop on the Shoreline?
Kirby and Co. in Darien. I love the decor, vintage finds and the cafe! The owner is a great friend so love supporting her.
Favorite local beach?
Bayley Beach is awesome. Food, fun, music and a playground for the kids.
What would be your perfect weekend on the CT coast?
Riding bikes to Bayley Beach in Rowayton. Grabbing sandwiches at 101 along the way for a beach picnic. After lounging on the beach, riding our bikes to Bell Island Bridge for high tide bridge jumping then heading back to 101 for late afternoon ice cream and then home.