Following my last post, where I visited a styling master class and Darren Palmer, he predicted the use of jeweled colour palettes – think sapphire, emerald and amethyst to name a few! I wanted to demonstrate how you can pull together different colours along these lines without it looking over the top.
Now…my wall colours are pretty tame but, what can I say it’s good to start with a neutral base and build from there. I love hits of colour too, whether it’s a bright-coloured fabric, plant pots, throws, cushions, soft furnishings etc, I crave colour and to be honest I don’t really have a favourite. For me it’s about how you mix a few to create an overall look, that’s what I love about working with colour.
I think most people get hung up on choosing and playing with colour, because they think they have to choose a lot of colours for a colourful result. It’s actually the opposite… just think how impactful negative space is. Rather, it’s about how we bring a few colours, textures and patterns together – like mixing greens, blues and purples, which can be so rich and luxurious.
Right now, there’s a lot going on with colour and pattern, and you can balance these with a neutral base (walls, larger furnishing, rugs, linens, etc). But you can still keep the feel warm and rich with darker timbers and metals, like brass and walnuts. Like the example below, taken from trade suppliers: Globe West; The Rug Collection; and Canvas & Sasson. And high street suppliers: Freedom; and Urban Road. These are some of my favourites right now that could work in a lounge room for instance to create that rich, luxurious palette with texture, colour and pattern.
I mix a similar accent colour palettes across rooms. What is a dominant accent in one room can become a secondary accent in another room. My general rules are:
1. A limited palette keeps colour plans cohesive, and using the colours differently in each room keeps the palette interesting.
2. Dominant colours can be used at least three times (usually more) in different areas of the room, with secondary accents used once or twice.
3. If you want to introduce 2 or 3 strong colours keep backgrounds or large pieces like rugs neutral then incorporate textures, materials and patterns minimally (using few variations) to allow your colours to shine through as the feature.
Think of wall colours as the foundation, or backdrop, for your accent colours. Make sure you’re starting with the right palette, and if you’re unsure, work with a designer like SmartSpace Interiors to bring a concept to life.