We were once a nation of beige! Beige, beige and a splatter of grey if we so dared to. However 2019 has seen a continuation of the shift towards the use of intense hues. In the last couple of years the interior designer Instagram feeds have been filled with COLOUR! Yes, colour! Social media has helped transform the way we feel about colour and how we use it in our own homes.
Earlier in the year Dulux announced 2019’s colour of the year as ‘Spice Honey’, a vibrant yet warm colour which can be paired with an array of colour pallets to create diverse looks to suit all kinds of interiors.
In the previous year, 2018, ‘Heart Wood’ was chosen as the colour of the year and to this day it is still a favourite of mine. The versatility of this colour is great. It applies itself to be used anywhere in the home from a relaxing bedroom to a boutique style bathroom.
Using these colour shades may be a daunting prospect especially if your current interior scheme is based on neutral finishes. To avoid feeling overwhelmed with a complete room transformation, start small and take it slow, use a combination of finishes, colours and textures and build it up gradually.
Award winning interior designer Sophie Paterson is known for her neutral schemes. She gives tips on creating a contrast between light and dark to create a warm and cosy environment.
“Dark interiors give a sense of drama especially in the dining room. The only time we use ours is in the evening or for Sunday lunch so it's nice to feel warm and cosy even in the summer. While the wallpaper is dark, the painting and lighter rug brings a contrast (I often add silky rugs to a room as they look luxurious and the light bounces off so you don’t notice where they're worn or stained). If you have overhead lights, like in our dining room, they must have a dimmer. At a dinner party the first thing I do is to dim the lights - it transforms the atmosphere. And to create a dramatic table display, you don’t have to cover it in flowers, you can add small arrangements or scatter sculptures from around your home to make an eye-catching effect.”
Blue tones offer a deep, rich look and coordinated with the complementary fabrics and finishes create a cosy interior you will be desperate to get home too! Use opulent fabrics a shade or two lighter than your wall colour to allow the furniture to stand out and become a feature. Including brass details within your scheme helps to create a luxurious contrast. Hints of brass could be implemented in the light fixtures, furniture & ironmongery. The dark blue and brass combination works beautifully in the kitchen illustrated in the images below.
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