Colour schemes - Do you really know what a colour scheme is and even if you do where do you start? Well I'm going to share some trade tips over my next few posts which'll help to transform and enhance your home or business.
As a trained colour consultant, I am in my element playing with colours and making them work in a space so I thought I'd let you in on some of the tricks I've learnt over the years.
Taking Inspiration from Nature
Look at the flora and fauna around you, country, parks, beaches, skies, shells, animals, there are an infinite amount of colour combinations out there but here are some ideas to start you off
Mountain - Just imagine a forest green velvet sofa, with charcoal cushions floorboards with pale grey walls with moody sky blue and light green accessories. This scheme would also work for a jungle themed room
Arctic - Icy blues and fresh whites riven with grey veins makes a perfect colour scheme for a kitchen with marble tops, painted cupboards and gr-eige accents. Also note the icy clear glass splash-back.
Flamingo - A very on-trend colour scheme from the most kitsch and colourful flamingo. Use this colour everywhere from colour-pop skirting boards and doors to duvet covers and kitchen cupboards. Mix with brown toned neutrals (ala flamingo chick) and some white and grey to anchor the room.
Mallard - One of my faves. This bird has plenty of safe neutrals to play with but the shocking cobalt blue and emerald green would work perfectly on mass as in the walls pictured above or as highlights in cushions, silk lampshades and rugs.
Seaside - The seaside is full of colourful ideas. For a bold room you could paint the entire room orange and have neutral furniture and green accents or like the second picture where the feature piece enlivens a room set against natural colours and a hint of sea green to create a rustic and calm space.
So look around you, look at favourite nature prints and paintings and notice the harmonious colours, which will have been a big part of what drew you to the place/image in the first place, then translate into your space. Well that was easy. Thanks nature!
Find our second part on 'how to create a colour scheme' soon and in the meantime contact us should you need more help
Take a look at what we found when we visited the fantastic London Welsh Centre for 'The Welsh Emporium''. Welsh interior design once meant itchy brown woollen blankets and novelty daffodil lamps but no more! You'll still find rustic materials, traditional prints and Welsh charm but the next generation of savvy crafters and shopkeepers are making sure that it'll fit into your modern home.
Discover more Welsh Wonders here
Awesome walls! Yet again we've spotted something we just have to share. Tasteful, large scale murals for your home or business premises that'll make a statement without being cheesy which up until now has been very hard to do.
Start your project off the back of one of these designs, add a dynamic wall to an otherwise tame, neutral space, have fun in the kids rooms or add a unique back panel to your kitchen, cupboards or staircase.
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How exciting can a surface be? Very! Look at what we shortlisted on our recent trip to the Surface Design Show in London. Could you use these in your space?
1. Solomon and Wu bespoke surfaces for table tops, cupboard fronts, panels etc. employ a system that melts pigments and metals together which are then sanded back to reveal all it's beautiful, natural layers.
2.Valchromat at James Latham is a wood fibre panel (AKA the new MDF) which is coloured throughout, so no need for painting and is engineered for high physical performance. The fibres are individually impregnated with organic dyes and chemically bonded by specifically developed resins to give the panels their special properties. Perfect for kitchens and wardrobes.
3. Wooden Shingles at James Latham. Interior and exterior walls can be clad in these fairytale, scandi-look wooden tiles which offer a tactile, natural and hard-wearing wall of interest.
4. Giant concrete tiles in 12 colours and 6 sizes for speedy cladding or flooring without a costly concrete pour. Lay standard squares for a minimal look or create a unique, bespoke pattern by mixing colours and shapes.
5. Aboriginal artworks from Bay Gallery, transferred onto wallpaper. Beautiful trad dot paintings, which on closer inspection contain several colours from which to start from or match your interiors to. Impressionistic with a Art Brut/Outsider Art sensibility.
6. Plywood at Koskisen is coloured, routed, peg boarded and ply combo-ed (pictured). With Plywood being a fashionably affordable construction material this company is trying out all the options.
7. Recycled material tiles and worktops from Alusid. The ingenious mix of recycled waste, glass, ceramic and minerals makes tiles and slabs with no two the same due to the unique formation and colourcast each piece takes on. A stunning and Eco way to decorate in an infinite palette of colours including high sheen metallics.
8. Scorched wood (various) The new black, the new wood cladding. Take the black exteriors of Dungeness cottages and combine with the rough beauty of wood to get a beautifully tough and tactile surface indoors and out. Blackened by fire and hardened with natural acids for a rustic and eye-catching cladding solution.
9. Terrazzo Resin Conglomerate (catchy name) from Innerspace can be any RAL colour and backlit which I could use to great effect in a bath or kids room.
Contact us for more information on these materials or any of our design services including the affordable ONLINE service.
It changes all the time - my favourite fabric supplier. Today it is Nya Nordiska for it's innovative textures and vivid colours. A German born company influenced by the Scandinavian school of design, it's a glorious blend of on-trend shades, textile tech with its matallics and Tex-Glass and bold Scandi prints.
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog