Pal­ette & Pat­tern

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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.

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