All posts tagged: Colour

Farrow & Ball new colours 2016

#MyFavouriteNewColour: Farrow & Ball 2016

You may have already heard that Farrow & Ball has released nine handsome new paint colours, coinciding with the paint and wallpaper brand’s Seventieth year. Expanding its ubiquitous palette to 132 paint colours, these nine beauties range from soft, delicate neutrals and muted greys to clean, fresh brights and dark, moody tones. There’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a die-hard fan of Farrow & Ball’s timeless, lighter heritage shades, or someone who likes a splash of bright intensity. There’s even a new shade of grey, proving you can never have too much of a good thing! Made in its factory in Dorset, Farrow & Ball paints rely on age-old production techniques, original recipes and high levels of rich pigments. Each new hue has been in development for the past three years, carefully crafted to reflect the classic Farrow & Ball aesthetic, and of course, intriguingly named with its own back story. There’s Peignoir, a romantic grey-pink inspired by the elegant chiffon gowns ladies once wore in their boudoirs – perfect for grown-up not girly-pink bedrooms – or Cromarty, a light grey inspired …


Introducing… A Splash of Colour

When it comes to interiors, I’m an absolute colour-phobe. The boldest I’ve been in my own home is with a light grey, which to be honest is practically white in some lights. I just love the clean lines and Scandinavian vibe of pure, fresh, white walls. A Splash of Colour might well be the perfect website for people like me then, who have a fear of injecting colour into their homes. Set up by Natasha Broady, A Splash of Colour is a new online store that filters a carefully curated edit of products by colour. From graphic prints and funky cushions to neon chairs and eye-catching lamps, Natasha has designed the site to give colour confidence and make us all a little bit braver. The key to brightening up a room, she suggests, is not being overwhelmed with the idea of painting a whole room one colour, but using unique, unusual pieces to add focus points of colour. The shop, only just launched, is beautifully designed and very cleverly organised, allowing you to pick and filter by colour – it’s …

Dries Otten kitchen

Colour-block kitchens by Dries Otten

Dries Otten is a furniture designer, interior architect and scenographer based in Belgium (not to be confused with fashion designer Dries van Noten…). His latest designs include these two graphically-inspired, colour-block kitchens – the first is a retro design for a family kitchen in a new airframe home in Rotterdam, featuring Polish pine, vibrant mint, dusky pink and neon orange paint, plywood and laminate. The second kitchen is a renovation of an old schoolhouse along the Auwegemvaart in Mechelen, Belgium. Birch plywood cupboards wrap around the corner of the white space, combining kitchen, desk space and bookcase into one smooth block, uninterrupted except for a blue box and vivid green laminate sink. I love his bold use of colour and collaging of different materials, transforming the dull and everyday into something that looks almost like a modernist painting. Images: Dries Otten


Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plant Colour Pop

This month, Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of have tasked the Urban Jungle Bloggers with making our plants pop with colour – #plantcolourpop! This time they wanted to see just one plant to contrast it with the #plantgang edition last month (which I sadly missed out on due to a super hectic May and June – boo!). At first I was a little daunted by the task, what, colour – I don’t do colour! Surely, grey counts as a colour right…?! After some thought, at one point considering pinning up some colourful wrapping paper onto the wall, I found these cute vintage Japanese paper decorations in a small shop in Exmouth Market. They definitely have the ‘pop’ factor, and just that little bit of colour so it doesn’t make me completely freak out! The first plant I photographed was a new cactus I bought the other week from Columbia Road Flower Market. It just screamed out to me, it is SO cute – I think it looks like it’s a teeny hand, with the nodules on the top. It’s so small I put it …


Pantone Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala

Global colour authority Pantone has chosen the ‘rich and charismatic’ colour of Marsala for its Colour of the Year 2015. Each year, for the past 15 years, Pantone combs the world looking for colour influences, from the fashion and beauty industries to the world of art, interior and graphic design. Influences can also stem from technology, new materials and textures, and even upcoming sports events. This year, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala is deep and earthy, reminding me of lady-like red lipsticks, textured, ethnic throws and kilims, and the earthy tones of red sand dunes. And while I still love my clean, (mostly-white) Scandinavian interiors, Marsala can still be used in the home – in moderation. Perhaps a kilim throw here, a soft cushion there, a linen napkin there, rather than a whole room painted in this very powerful colour. Pantone predicts that it will be popular in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws. But if like me, you’re still hanging onto your neutral greys and whites, here are a couple of examples of …


Bolia’s 2015 Lookbook

Bolia is a Danish furniture company with more than 50 designers and over 25 stores across Scandinavia. It’s yet to come to the UK yet (although 75% of sales are exported), but its latest lookbook is a beautiful thing. It’s titled ‘Live, Love, Create’ and is ‘a tribute to originality, creativity and the amazing life we live’. There are more than 250 new products, including designs by new kids on the block, Sofie Samuelson, Morten & Jonas, Joa Herrenknecht and Shinya Ito & Kaori Yamamoto. The style is Nordic, but some designs come with a splash of daring colour while some are inspired by the silhouettes of Japanese designs, with minimalistic and sculptural shapes. They say: The new collection launches with a brand new theme. A celebration of the fundamentals – Love, life and most of all creativity. These are tremendous principle to live by and it’s amazing what happens when you bring them into your every day. A home should be vibrant, original, peculiar and fantastic, brimming with life, full of passion, love and …

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Colour Picker: the rooftops of Reykjavik

I love this image of the colourful rooftops in Reyjavik, Iceland. The landscape of Iceland can sometimes appear quite grey and bleak, or certainly when I visited, with its snowy mountains and hot lagoons, but these little houses are pops of colour amongst the snow. I would love to go back there again. I also thought the rooftops made a nice colour palette to use for a home interior, for example, a background of white walls with accents of cobalt blue, bright turquoise, ombre yellow and Persian red. Try painting a fireplace a bold colour, or display a colourful array of artwork on wall, or simply throw some patterned cushions onto the sofa. Here is a selection of beautiful interiors colour picked from the image of Reykjavik above. I hope to do more posts like this in the future, so watch this space! (Reykjavik image above: BRB-SYD) Pinkrugco on Etsy The home of Suzanne and Adam Cunningham, The Design Files Setsquare Studio Grace’s Brooklyn home on Design*Sponge Laura and Ray’s art-filled Austin home, Apartment Therapy Chelsea …


Wait and See: a colourful and eclectic boutique in Milan

While I was briefly in Milan last week I stopped off at Wait and See, a lovely boutique housed in a former 18th century convent, which stocks a colourful array of clothes, shoes, accessories and vintage objects sourced across the world in flea markets. Founded by Uberta Zambeletti, this arty shop organises it’s collections by colour and features quirky details such as chairs upholstered in shirts and dresses and a revolving wheel to show off accessories and jewellery. Every day the staff write sentences with coloured chalk on the pavement in front of the shop, while mugs for sale display the shop’s philosophy, ‘La Vita è Bella’. They say: Wait and See – an open and promising invitation that evokes time and tranquility, anticipation and wonder. Browse at your leisure whilst enjoying a cup of our coffee. Relax, take your time, allow our pieces to seduce you, and wait and see what happens. Wait and See’s uniqueness is a reflection of designer Uberta Zambeletti’s varied cultural influences, her recognised passion for research and her inimitable …


Variations on a tube by Tomás Alonso

London-based Spanish designer Tomás Alonso exhibited a collection of lights, tables, benches and chairs at the NextLevel Galerie in Paris in 2009. It was his first solo show. I came across these images of the exhibition on Pinterest after looking for some interiors inspiration and really liked the colourful tubing that held the pieces together. Alonso sites his inspiration in the pioneers of the Modern Movement, from Weimar to Milan. He moved to London and gained a Master’s at the Royal College of Art after an entire decade of study and professional practice in the USA, Australia and Italy. Alonso sums up his design method as “an intelligent morphological synthesis of a technicist type, which focuses on functionality as an absolute value and turns it into an idea for products which are quick and easily understandable”. He uses both wood and metal, inverting the usual way in which these two materials are perceived: wood is reduced to very slender sticks, while iron is curved and coloured. Images Nick Ballon


‘Behind the Edge’, Jesolo Beach, Los Angeles by Luigi Bonaventura

Manhattan-based photographer Luigi Bonaventura has created a series of photographs of hotel facades on Jesolo Beach in Venice, Los Angeles. The series entitled ‘Behind the Edge’ features various different colourful balconies, some with iron railing and some with retro parasols, but all devoid of people. He says: “The real mission is to show each structure as its Platonic ideal: that is, as the architect imagined it, not as it all too often looks in real life and mixing color encourage your own imagination around the picture.”