Landings, stairs, entryways: They’re all transitional spaces designed with functionality in mind, but Megan Rapinoe’s home is an exception to that rule.
The former football player, who lives with her wife, former basketball player Sue Bird, commissioned designer Mark Grattan to decorate their SoHo home, and that includes spaces we might forget.
The designer chose to bathe both the landing and staircase in a muted purple that makes an instant statement. The tone transforms these spaces from just transitional areas to some of the most exciting areas in the home, and while this is a bold choice, color experts say decorating in purple is a risk that will pay off.
“Lilac is a traditionally romantic and feminine colour, but it is increasingly popular in many rooms in the home thanks to its subtlety and adaptability,” comments Mylands CEO, Dominique Mylands. He explains that he’s noticed an increasing number of clients choosing bold, therapeutic colors like lilac, since “its versatile nature means it goes well with a myriad of colours” – if we’re pairing with neutrals, unlike Megan and Sue.
However, if we want to make a similar statement, Becca Stern, creative director of Mustard Made, encourages bathing our entire room in pink in this single color.
‘Forget just feature walls. Choose a color and put it everywhere. “Color immersion is about bathing an entire room in one bold color,” she says.
“Imagine a space transformed into a monochromatic wonderland where your chosen color highlights it. Additionally, this design trend is not limited to just walls and ceilings, but extends to every element of your space, including furniture, design features, and all Drenched in the same color.
Becca Stern is the co-founder and creative director of Mustard, a designer storage company known for its colorful cabinets available in the USA.
As mentioned earlier, purple and similar purple hues have already enjoyed some time among color trends in 2023, but will their popularity decline? Octavio Estrada, chief architectural designer of Cluster renewal He suggests no. According to Octavio, 2024 will see a greater shift than ever from cool to warm colors, including, most notably, shades of purple.
“Plum or eggplant tones are versatile enough to feature prominently in your home any time of year,” he adds. So, whether we upgrade our transitional areas or social areas, we can rest assured that this color is a safe investment.
Along with the paint, we’re choosing these lavender picks that translate to every space.
Barbie Dreamhouse Purple Sample
One of our favorite paint brands, Backdrop, has teamed up with Barbie to bring the iconic Dreamhouse to reality, and it’s fun while staying on the right side of elegance. It’s the perfect purple for dipping.
Purple Love from Harlem Candle Company
This candle has bottom notes of elemi, apple and clove, middle notes of rose de Mai and a base note of sandalwood – all of which capture the scent of Provence in an elegant packaging designed in Harlem.
Made from Czech Bohemian crystal glass, this vase provides the perfect injection of purple without overwhelming our entire space. We love its timeless look and how it will impress us in seasons to come.