Blush – the colour on everyone cheeks has definitely transitioned its way into fashion and homes over the past few months. Mixed with moody hues like grey or charcoal it’s a colour that is soft enough to be pretty, but neutral enough to work in homes in place of boring beige or typical taupe. Throw in the latest metal trend – copper – and you have yourself a room that is set to please many. I love how this colour palette can be put together for a nursery or grown up lounge room. It’s modern, chic, young and fun – what more could you want?
Where you can get it all – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
This week I’m forgetting the seasons and going with colours that can be used year round. Or in other words: to celebrate the release of “50 Shades of Grey” I thought it would be fun to feature shades of grey for this weeks colour scheme feature. From Modern to Shabby chic, grey is one colour that adapts beautifully to many different settings. Although I may not be featuring 50 different photos with shades of grey, each of these rooms uses a palette of grey in varying shades giving the spaces depth, romance & strength. So, as they say – Mr Grey will see you now…
Aqua Marina Blog
House to Home
Marsala – and it doesn’t look anything like a chicken curry! As Pantone calls it, Marsala is a “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”. Marsala is also a colour that has caused a wide array of debate world wide as it follows on from some pretty bright hues, namely last year’s Radiant Orchid. Marsala has been linked to some less enticing images (some saying it reminds them of rust or blood) and has largely been named a let down.
While it’s not one of my favourite colours I can definitely see the beauty in this shade and how it could be worked into many homes. Marsala is subtle, yet elegant and has a very neutral base. It’s a colour we’ve seen in homes for hundreds of years in Persian rugs or homes with Moroccan or Parisian influences. To prove that the haters are always going to hate and that they aren’t always 100% justified, here’s a round up of some elegant and sophisticated ways this hearty hue can be used.
Doris Leslie Blau
House of Turquoise
It’s Halloween this friday, so I thought what better colour to feature than orange? Often picked as the colour for autumn (or fall), orange is a colour that can easily be worked into homes anytime of the year. Paired with navy blue for a bold summer look, soft greys or pale greens in winter or clear blues and soft pinks in the spring time, orange is bright, beautiful and very versatile.
The Socialite Family
The Writing Tree
This week’s colour focus is Lavender. It is one that has challenged me as it’s not a colour I would typically choose for my own home. Lavender is one of the few pastels that is quite difficult to work into a room as it is limited with regard to what neutrals work best. To me, Lavender is the quintessential colour for a little girls bedroom. It is reminiscent of fairy-tales and dreams and works beautifully to create a magical space. However, this week I have challenged myself to find ways Lavender can be used in spaces for adults too. Here’s what I’ve found…
Keep it dreamlike and use in old-world settings. The pressed ceiling, stunning chandelier and original floorboards in the picture below set a beautiful scene for the lavender Chesterfield sofa.
Pair with charcoal. Much like the colour blush – to modernise the colour – Lavender works beautifully with Charcoal grey. This setting below is moody and dramatic with the charcoal inset wall and complimentary artwork, but the warm shade of Lavender works well to give the room a young, fresh touch.
Desire to Inspire
Incorporate with Nature. A lot can be said about the world we live in, and more often than not using nature as our inspiration for a room will work wonders in tying a scheme together. Note: timber panelling and fresh flowers are the saving grace for this room!
Use it sparingly. This room below has just enough lavender to give the space interest without being over bearing for a man to sleep in. Paired with the black four-poster bed and other natural elements, the bedroom is a classic beauty.
And finally, because I can’t resist …. one for the kids. The butterflies and chandelier say it all!