Palette & Pattern
Rich eggplant hues mix with bold patterns.
“A vintage Swedish carpet was the springboard for this room,” says New York designer Brian McCarthy, who often taps rugs as the foundation for his spaces. “This rug led me to explore aubergine.” While the hue is deep, it is shadowy— not a jolting, in-your-face color. Aubergine also was appealing because the room gets abundant light. “It can carry a strong, dark color,” McCarthy says. “Plus, dark colors can expand the feeling of space in a small room.” The walls’ polished Venetian plaster treatment gives a sense of vertical movement that plays nicely against the rug’s geometric pattern. Capping off the space, black-and-white art serves as the perfect foil to the power-packed hues.