Queen of Castles

Accomplished design reigns supreme for acclaimed interior expert, Pam Kelker

Kelker chose a neutral fabric for the sofa, adding pops of color with orange pillows and contrast with black and cream chairs. The walls are a darker gold with a more neutral rug against the darker hardwood, again playing with the contrast of light against dark. Photography: Ron Ruscio

Kelker chose a neutral fabric for the sofa, adding pops of color with orange pillows and contrast with black and cream chairs. The walls are a darker gold with a more neutral rug against the darker hardwood, again playing with the contrast of light against dark. Photography: Ron Ruscio

Pam KelkerFor more than 25 years, Pam Kelker and her firm, Castles Interiors, have been designing timeless spaces in the homes of hundreds of Coloradoans. Some words that describe her design style include “dynamic,” “transitional” and “visually strong.” Kelker often uses neutrals paired with rich, sophisticated colors to create classic-yet-bold palettes. She understands the importance of comfort and aesthetic pleasure, combining the two in striking ways.

DLM: Tell us about your background in interior design and the history of Castles Interiors?

PK: I started Castles Interiors in 1986. I did residential design and have developed a team of great subcontractors that I have worked with for years to execute remodeling projects and other interior design needs. Since then I’ve done 10 JSG Showhouses, two Parade of Homes and two Kempe Foundation Showhouses.

DLM: What motivated you to pursue a design career?

PK: I actually went back to design school when my son was two years old. I wanted to get into Fashion Design, but there were no opportunities at that time for that sort of education in Denver, so Interior Design it was. Having a strong background in art, it was a natural path for me to take.

DLM: What is your philosophy at Castles Interiors?

PK: It’s not my house; it’s my client’s home. I love being able to introduce aspects of design that may “push” my client a little, expose them to something they would not have done on their own. Follow-up and attention to detail are more business philosophies, but once everything is designed, it is as important as how things “look.”

DLM: What can clients expect when they hire you?

PK: Patience. I work with clients on whole, large homes or a single powder room. I never talk them into anything. I want the comfort level to be there in order to be happy with the end results.

DLM: Although you design homes in a variety of styles, do you have a personal favorite style?

PK: My personal favorite is transitional and eclectic. I love the mix of contemporary and traditional, yet clean.

DLM: What is your favorite part of the design process?

PK: The development of a relationship for one, but when it comes to install and the finished product, it’s very rewarding. Remodeling is on the top of my list. There’s nowhere to go but up, or the project wouldn’t be necessary, and it’s great seeing a transformation! The selection of lighting is also my favorite.

DLM: What are your favorite current home design trends?

PK: I like neutral, clean lines. No more Old World style.

DLM: What are your favorite timeless design elements?

PK: I like classic furniture, imported rugs with great colors and patterns and contemporary lighting with traditional embellishments. I also love formal or traditional framing on contemporary art.

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DLM: Do you have a favorite home design store or “go-to” resource in the Denver area?

PK: I still love the Design Center full of boutiques for accessories. That’s why I opened one.

DLM: Where do you recommend clients begin in the design process?

PK: I recommend space planning, of course, but I love to start with fabrics. It gives you a great feel for the space by just starting to select color, pattern and texture and coordinate it with the space.

DLM: For this particular project, what style would you consider this design? What were the goals for this project?

PK: This is a more contemporary space. We wanted a sophisticated look for their empty nesting space, and we also needed to work with a few pieces that they already owned, such as the master bed set.

DLM: What were the inspirations for this design?

PK: The cocktail table was another piece that they had. I worked off of the colors in the tile on the table top and introduced a little gold and orange.

DLM: What were your favorite aspects of designing this home?

PK: Working with Lois and their appreciation of a more sophisticated look. We were able to select some beautiful pieces, such as the entry mirror and console, which totally transformed the space.

DLM: What challenge did you face during the design process?

PK: We needed to be careful with the scale of furniture to accommodate the smaller living room.

DLM: Were there any special focuses for this project?

PK: I love the linear light fixture over the dining room table and the pops of orange and gold against the neutral sofa. The black just gave it a dramatic look.

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