One of our design aims for April is to bring in more colour into our home. Working with so many talented designers, traders and bloggers is inspiring us to take the leap and be braver when it comes to quirky patterns, bold fabrics and colourful statement pieces.
So we’re calling it – colour is in for Spring! But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve pulled together the lessons we’ve learnt from the experts on how to keep calm and colour in. We’re crushing on colour and here’s why…
Interior Designer Shaun Clarkson on paint
“Experiment with colour and don’t be scared of a pot of paint. Paint is a great way to transform a room and your life. I always think that people are scared of colour but we live in England – a grey and dull environment – and those little shots of colour in your home will really cheer you up.”
View Shaun’s full home tour on Layer here.
Designer Abigail Ahern on picking colours that suit your personality
“Don’t listen to anybody other than yourself when selecting a palette. (You can be sure I don’t!) Once you tell friends or family about your new colour plans, you’ll get all those old clichés thrown at you: ‘blue is cold’; ‘red and orange clash’; ‘blue and green should never be seen’. Actually, the more you ditch the old rules and decorate from your heart, the cooler your pad will look.”
Visit Abigail Ahern’s blog here.
Blogger and stylist Sophie Robinson on patterned carpet
“Patterned carpet is the next big interiors trend. We saw it at the Milan Furniture fair last year, so it’s only a matter of time before we see it back in our homes. But it’s not polite, it’s bold!”
View Sophie Robinson’s full home tour here.
Blogger Cat Dal on colourful contrasts
“I generally veer towards light palettes, but always pair it against something bold or fun.”
View Cat Dal’s Blogger in our Corner interview here.
Founder of Kitty McCall, Catherine Nice, on using colour to inspire design
“Colour is one of the most important things in my work as it helps spark my creativity and really helps me shape my ideas for a finished piece. When putting colour together I often use paper cutting and collages to get a feel for how they work together.”
View the Kitty McCall website here.
Stylist and design guru Emily Henderson on finding your colour groove
“Start with one color you love the most, and the easiest way to choose this color is to think about what you want to wear the most. What are your “go to” colors? Think about what you buy, what you stare at in magazines, and what you pin the most. Yes, there are going to be trends in fashion (and in home) like say, the neon trend right now. So the best thing you can do is use it in accessories — and sparingly — unless you have neon balls of bravery and want to do something crazy on your walls, which is great as long as you know you’ll change it in three years — and there is nothing wrong with that. So ignore the extreme trends when choosing your palette.”
Visit Emily Henderson’s blog here.
Founder of Galapagos Lucy Mortimer on colourful armchairs
“I like to choose fabrics that will spark the imagination so that each chair becomes a statement piece rather than just something that’s safe.”
Browse Lucy’s armchairs here.
So there you have it! Don’t just flirt with the idea of colour – feel the fear and do it anyway. Take a blank canvas and colour in the dots – add a zingy chair, a playful lamp, a bright painting. And if you’re ever in doubt of where to find such colourful pieces, you may want to start here…
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