Primary Colors

Yellow and blue make for bright and bold design.

Using color in a big way—such as the many shades of blue punctuated by sunny yellow in this project from Erika Rundiks of Recherche Interior Design—is somewhat unusual in interior design. It takes a creatively thinking designer and a client who is not afraid to be daring.

“Often people are more comfortable with the safe route and what they see represented by retailers appealing to the masses,” says Rundiks. “In this project, the client really led with their heart, which allowed for a more expressive design.” In this particular remodel, the main level of this home was opened up, but it was initially a dark space (Rundiks calls it “a tightly flanked Victorian situation”). Kevin Anderson from ArcWest Architects added lots of windows to increase access to natural light.

“It’s funny,” she adds. “I’m typically not a yellow girl, but what I love about the yellow is how it makes the blues shine.”

In the kitchen, says Rundiks, “Going with the sunny lemon range was a brave move and really set the tone for the whole project. Even the whites and greys add a nice balance.” Photo by Susie Brenner Photography.
LEMON LIFE: Rundiks selected Schumacher’s Citrus Garden pattern in the colorway called “Pool” for a powder room in this same home project. She paired the flora and fauna of the wallcovering with a teal blue subway tile to complete the look.
PAINT THE TOWN: Looking to experiment with this exciting color combo? Sherwin-Williams’ Confident Yellow and Jay Blue are great places to start.
For the kitchen-adjacent sitting room, Rundiks says, “The yellow was an inspiration to add brightness and happiness. The blues started with a very livable hue, and then we added teal and navy for more interest throughout. The oranges came later to punch everything up and add complexity to the color scheme.” Photo by Susie Brenner Photography.
NEW NORDIC: The Helsinki line of tableware from Jonathan Adler features rich color in a bold pattern of interesting stripes. The teacup and dinner plate feature our hues of interest.
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: Daltile’s glazed porcelain penny rounds in Daffodil Yellow and Cobalt Blue can make for a bright backsplash or shower surround with a little bit of a retro vibe.