Coral radiates during summer, it brings warmth and coziness to a scheme whilst reflecting beauty. Coral provides richness to an interior without being overwhelming making it a versatile colour for any room. This soft hue sits between red, orange and … Continue reading
Last Spring I wrote a post about the pastel colour trend being huge in both fashion and interior design and it now looks as if this trend is going to continue for 2013. Pastel colours instantly evoke a calming atmosphere, … Continue reading
Continuing with another trend report, this one is ombré! Ombré is French for ‘shaded’, it is a gradual faded technique used on fabrics with colours that subtly shift from light to dark. The finished result is soft and gentle and is appearing on everything from soft furnishings to furniture, these slight colour changes are sophisticated and elegant. Ombré or ‘dip-dye’, began catching on in 2010, and its now all the rage. It first made an appearance with our hair, then followed onto clothing, and is now continuing into our homes, and is showing no signs of going anywhere.
Elements of coral enliven this neutral colour palette above. The dip-dye effect blends beautifully into the scheme, with the technique used in the curtains and being subtly echoed into the cushion and rug.
The ombré technique is lively and fun, and it allows you to use colours that might be intimidating otherwise. This trend leaves plenty of options to bring complimentary colours into the scheme, whilst the play on shading is great at directing people’s eyes to a focal point, it can also be a great component in the composition of a room. This technique can create a brilliant illusion of height if used correctly. The gradual colour can really open up a room and lend a sense of brightness and spaciousness, especially when the tones range from dark at the floor to light at the ceiling. So whether its paint dipped walls or ombré accessories, you can still make a style statement with cushions, bedding or even wallpaper. The progressive blending of shades leaves a relaxed elegance that can fit into contemporary or traditional interiors – it is a fun and easy-to do design with stunning results.
How to get the look:
Reminiscent of a sunset, this orange dip-dye wallpaper is a fantastic way to add a punch of colour to your interior. Orange is a strong colour, so keep the rest of the room neutral, and add hints of the colour through accessories to avoid an over-the-top look.
Vera Wang is famous for her beautiful and elegant wedding dresses, and it looks like she has branched out into interior accessories. The Vera Wang bedding collection features a dip-dye dot bedding in a beautiful blue/grey tone, and the dots and pleats are ideal to create a casual atmosphere.
I love these unique hand painted ombré wooden utensils. They have been painted in light to dark blue tones with gold tips to bring that added glamour, perfect for adding a touch of colour to your kitchen!
This rectangular bandana cushion in teal would look perfect in a blue based interior, or to add colour in a neutral colour scheme. Use it on a sofa with complimentary colours for a welcoming style.
You can always liven up your own furniture using this technique, the easiest way to get the colours right is to use a paint card and apply them in the order they appear from lightest to darkest.
Coral has come straight of the catwalk and into our homes, and you can use it to create a timeless look. Coral sits between red, orange and pink on the colour wheel and has the impact of red, but the freshness of orange, yet it isn’t quite as feminine as pink. Coral can be so right, and this living room below is a great example of how to strike the perfect balance. The charcoal coloured furniture brings with it a soft, calming, yet formal atmosphere, and is brightened with coral and accents of white. A contemporary feel is added through the use of coral and red accessories which really lift the scheme.
Bold coral needs a blank canvas so team it with something subtle like soft greys. Add a striking focal point – such as this Chervil wallpaper then add statement accessories in coral to tie the look together. Pair with pale grey and clean whites also to tone the look down and keep it sophisticated
Brighten up your sofa with splashes of rich coral. This cushion is adorned with a simple daisy design, scatter it with cushions in a soft grey to cool down the look.