Easy steps on how to get some timeless and classy Navy into your home!

Advice, Colour, Inspiration, Styling

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.

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Marsala – 2015 Pantone Colour of the year

Colour, Fashion, Inspiration, Interior trends

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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.

http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/34755738/list/raise-your-glass-to-marsala-pantones-2015-colour-of-the-year

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163

Get yourself some Radiant Orchid

Colour, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Interior trends

 

Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone’s Colour of 2014.  I think this is a fabulous, vibrant, fun yet captivating colour that can definitely be introduced to our interiors.  Lets explore some ways to do this.

  1. Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
  2. Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it.  Less is more.
  3. Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.  
  4. Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
  5. Play with the varying tones of Radiant Orchid, along with the shades and tints surrounding it using them for for a variety of elements in your room.  This will add depth and interest.
  6. Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
  7. Finally add some quirk to your room (i.e. an animal coffee table perhaps?) to make it more eye catching and memory making.

I’d love to hear how you use Radiant Orchid, feel free to comment below.

Below are some more ideas of ways to use Radiant Orchid in your home:

 

Colour me happy!

Colour, Inspiration

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways – Oscar Wilde

I love colour. When used well it can really make a room sing. But how do you work out what colour to paint your walls?

I guess as a starting point it comes down to having a think about the room, it’s use, it’s user and it’s location.

Is the room small or large? If it’s small you don’t want to go painting it a dark colour as this will close the space in.

What’s the room used for? Children’s bedroom? Probably don’t want to paint this orange as it is a very stimulating colour and you may not get your children to bed at night, rather choose a restful colour blue or pink.  Accents of orange or red are fine just not in large doses.

Who is using the space? What are their colour likes and dislikes, how do certain colours make the user feel?

Location of the room needs to be considered when choosing your paint colour. How much natural light the room gets and the direction it faces plays a part too.

Lastly just choose a colour that makes you happy and enjoy your space!

Blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom as it is very restful on the eye. Image from hearthomemag.co.uk

Blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom as it is very restful on the eye. Image from hearthomemag.co.uk

 

Meanings behind colours used in logos.

Meanings behind colours used in logos.

If you have a room that doesn't get a lot of sun and always feels cold paint it a warm colour like this, you will notice the change immediately.  Image from designsponge.com

If you have a room that doesn’t get a lot of sun and always feels cold paint it a warm colour like this, you will notice the change immediately. Image from designsponge.com

Come home and relax in a tranquil blue lounge room.  Image from dislive.com

Come home and relax in a tranquil blue lounge room. Image from dislive.com

Who said you have to paint the walls?  Bring colour into your room with furniture, art or maps in this case and decorator items.  Image from elementsofstyle.blog.com

Who said you have to paint the walls? Bring colour into your room with furniture, art or maps in this case and decorator items. Image from elementsofstyle.blog.com

Love the art and blue velvet upholstered furniture against the light blue/grey walls, it just works.  If you have a room that gets a lot of sun, cool it down with blue or other cool colours. Image from revistaaxxis.com.ca

Love the art and blue velvet upholstered furniture against the light blue/grey walls, it just works. If you have a room that gets a lot of sun, cool it down with blue or other cool colours. Image from revistaaxxis.com.ca

Beautiful use of colour. Image from vintage revival.com

Beautiful use of colour. Image from vintage revival.com

A touch of primary green complimentary to the floor boards makes for a dramatic but welcoming kitchen.  Image from loftenberg.com

A touch of primary green complimentary to the floor boards makes for a dramatic but welcoming kitchen. Image from loftenberg.com

Don't you just love this Moroccan inspired bedroom?

Don’t you just love this Moroccan inspired bedroom?

Stunning paint work in this home.  Image from fashion telegraph.com.uk

Stunning paint work in this home. Image from fashion telegraph.com.uk

Further information:

Did you know My Decorator offers Colour Consults, why don’t you make an appointment for one today and we can help you choose the best colours for your space.  Just call 0439 081 072 to make your appointment.

How to mix pattern into your interior – clash or match?

Fabric, Fashion, Inspiration, Interior trends, Textiles

Pattern brings personality to a room. There are two ways to introduce pattern into a space, the safe calculated matching way and then the clashing quirky way.

To clash or match that is the question?

As I have mentioned in my blogs before I often look to fashion to see what will be trending in interiors. Currently pattern clashes are trending in the fashion world and beginning to seep through to interior design. The vintage interior theme is popular at the moment, this theme carries clashing prints really well. But is there a right and wrong way to clash prints? I think the key is to have a bit of fun, mix up your prints and go with what you like.  I think clashes work well as long as your colour scheme is similar then patterns can clash. For instance small or large print floral, paisley, bold abstracts, images and checks and stripes all can work together when they are in the same colour family.  I think the unexpected element of surprise of mismatch can bring individuality and personality to a space.

 To match is much easier in theory. For example one way to achieve a perfectly matched interior is to pull your theme from the supplied stories that come in soft furnishing fabric sample books as fabric houses have generally designed them to match.

 Mood boards work well to help you design your scheme, using small samples of the fabrics prints that your are considering will help steer your scheme.

Let me encourage you to clash a little, push the pattern boundaries, explore what different patterns look like together and have some fun with pattern.

All interior images from Houzz

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