Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet: Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018

Image source: Pantone Every December Pantone announces its colour of the year for the following 12 months. A few weeks ago, they finally announced 2018’s colour and it is a good ‘un. Ultra Violet is a rich and intense blue-toned purple that is evocative of far-away galaxies. It’s a colour that conveys mystery, intrigue, wisdom…

Tech-Nique

2018 Colour Trends as Predicted by Pantone (Part II)

It’s time to look forward to the coming year’s interior design trends. At the International Home and Housewares Show back in March, Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman revealed the colour trends we may well be seeing in 2018. They announced eight colour groups Pantone at the show: Playful, Discretion, Verdure, Far-Fetched, Resourceful, TECH-nique, Intricacy and…

Discretion

2018 Colour Trends as Predicted by Pantone (Part I)

Autumn has well and truly arrived so I’m looking ahead to next year’s interior trends. Today I’d like to talk about colour. At the International Home and Housewares Show back in March, Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman revealed the colour trends we could be seeing next year. They announced eight colour groups Pantone…

Emerald and white

Surprising Spring Colour Combinations

It’s that time of year again. The world feels like it’s finally waking up after months of hibernation. The sudden rush of colour is one of the biggest benefits of spring. Not just in nature, but in fashion and interior design too. The colours we most typically associate with spring tend to be pastel hued;…

Painted Door

A Visual Guide to: Using Mustard Yellow in the Home

Mustard yellow is one of my favourite statement colours. It’s a rich, retro-esque hue with surprisingly cool design credentials. Like olive green and fuchsia pink, it can feel a bit intimidating but in just the right doses it makes an impact like no other. I’ve rounded up some images to show you just how special…

Blush on Blush

Blushing Beauty

There’s a new neutral in town. And it’s one you might have never expected: pink. Not a bubblegum Barbie bright but a soft, romantic blush. It’s as versatile as any other neutral, blending effortlessly with other hues and giving rooms a sleek, sophisticated vibe. It’s feminine, yes, but used in the right way, not overly so. I…

ceilings same colour as walls

Get Creative and Colourful with Your Ceiling

When it comes to room design we spend hours deliberating over wall colours, flooring, curtains and furniture and no time at all on the ceiling. Image source: Emmas Design Blogg via Apartment Therapy I say it’s time to stop neglecting the ‘fifth wall’ and treat it is as the wonderful blank canvas it is. If it was…

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An Interior Designer’s Homage to the Pastel

A few times recently I have been approached by clients who wanted to talk about ways to work with pastels in the home. Designers in recent years have promoted stronger, vivid colours or neutrals but this focus is now extending to include innovative ways to work with colour schemes that have often been criticised as…

industrial-dining-room

Psychology of Colour in Home Design

Contemporary Living Room by South West Architects Seymour-Smith Architects For many years’ artists, scientists and researchers have been interested in the psychology of colour. They found that colour can have a profound effect on the human mind and emotions; evoking memory, affecting mood and influencing behaviour. It has been shown that colour can have physical…