Which has more impact? Red shoes paired with a black dress or the same shoes worn with a red suit? If you’re designer Erika Rundiks you’ll take option No. 1. “Just because your clients love purple doesn’t mean you have to paint the whole house in shades of lavender,” she says. “They’ll enjoy the color much more with a subtle approach that has the color on rugs and accessories.”
For the interiors of a Denver residence designed by architect Dan O’Brien, Rundiks incorporated the homeowner’s traditional purple floral print rug in the dining room, and then repeated the vibrant tone on solid and patterned accent pillows in the living room. The color returns in the entry, where the abstract pattern on a rug strikes a transitional chord. “It is traditionally made but has a contemporary pattern,” says Rundiks, noting the piece also complements the mix of woods, glass and metal in the architecture.
In search of other hues to infuse throughout the home, Rundiks returned to the dining room floor covering where, she says, “I looked for nuances that were refined, and repeated those until they become their own element.” Case in point: the wavy gold-and-green pattern on the room’s upholstered chairs, the subtle green on the kitchen counter stools, and the metallic gold in the backsplash tile that come together to make a statement.