I often have clients ask me how they can make their small spaces feel larger. So I thought today I’d share a few easy changes you can make to any room to make it feel larger then it actually is. Sometimes it’s all about
Did you know that interior styling can impact the way you feel in a space?
Have you ever felt happy in an interior or the opposite sad or depressed? How do you feel in the rooms in your home? Are you and your family or visiting friends feeling how you want them too?
Today I want to talk about exactly that. How we can ensure the rooms in our homes emit the feelings we want them too.
There is nothing worse than being in a space that you don’t feel great about, and worse than that
Each year Pantone puts out what they believe will be the colour snapshot of what we will see take place in global culture over the coming year. The colour serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
I always look forward to seeing what Pantone come up with for their colour of the year and then watching
Lately I have been noticing navy everywhere. Fashion, how many summers have I seen nautical themed fashion, it just works. In nature, look up to the evening sky and out to the ocean it’s there and in BIG doses. Advertising, navy is used by the advertising world to project trust, loyalty, intelligence, truth brands like Facebook and HP are blue for this reason. And of course lastly I’ve been noticing navy interiors. Navy plush velvet chesterfields, navy damask wallpaper, navy upholstered high back dining chairs, navy plush custom designed carpet and the list goes on. Navy is an easy colour to live with, so lets look at some ways we can introduce this classy colour into our living spaces.
Navy is a timeless, classic colour. It never dates, always looks good, you can dress it up or down, yes even in interiors. It plays well with other colours, textures, styles. I would go as far to say it’s a neutral, it goes with everything.. yes, even black if tastefully done.
There are a few ways to introduce navy into an existing colour scheme or use it as a basis to create a new one by use of some simple colour theory.
Getting back to basic colour theory, get your colour wheel out and look at colour combinations such as emerald, rubies and copper they work beautifully with navy to create a tetrad of four colours that relate. I also like the triad of gold, ruby and navy together. Then there is the complimentary navy and copper, lastly theres citrine with garnet and navy that make for a very sophisticated palette. Of course when pairing these colour combinations together it’s important to get the recipe right, you don’t want to use equal parts of each colour in the room, this will make for a boring interior. Create some drama and intrigue, mix it up with the values of light, tone and shade of the colours you use. You may be bold and paint navy walls, then keep your flooring lighter in tone and maybe introduce a complimentary orange tone by way of some accent chairs to create some interest. Another alternative is light walls, navy carpet and then some ruby and gold accents in cushions, picture frames etc…. for a triadic colour scheme.
I’ve put together some of these colour combinations below showing navy with it’s various colour partner options. Of course Colour Theory is just a starting point things can be mixed up, adding black, grey and white to the mix will add a whole different dimension to the look. Either way, have a play with navy, you might just like what you discover.
Pantone have announced Marsala 18-1438 as the colour of the year 2015.
To me this colour speaks maturity, elegance and sophistication. Named after a fortified wine it’s richness and earthy red brown tones bring character and I think will add a lot of charm when used in interior spaces. It is a colour that could be used on it’s own or as an accent.
Incorporate Marsala into accent pieces, decorator accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.
Lets explore some ways to use Marsala in home interiors.
1. Use Marsala for upholstery. I can see it in a velvet upholstery for a traditional wingback chair sitting next to a beautiful old fireplace in a library, old vintage rug….. you get the picture.
2. Complimentary colours are blue, green, gold even grey will work nicely with it.
3. Paint your dining room walls Marsala if you are feeling brave, be sure you get a lot of natural light in the room though as it is quite a strong, dark tone it could also make you feel very warm too so if you live in a warm climate you may want to consider a cooler colour.
4. Update your current interior with some Marsala in various tones of light and dark, texture, print in the form of cushions, decorator items or art it’s a brilliant winter colour.
5. Marsala will work well with a contemporary interior as well, add more earthy tones and bring in some white to keep it all light and minimalist.
I would love to hear how you use Marsala in your home, feel free to comment below.
See links below for more uses for Marsala.