Orange has featured a lot recently in fashion collections and there are so many beautiful shades of this colour which infuse into interiors perfectly. From the softer spectrum of peach and apricots to the more vibrant hue that is tangerine … Continue reading
Blue and orange look great together, they remind me of a tropical beach with their burst of energy. Orange, being a fiery colour, works brilliantly with blue as an accent for maximum contrast. Together they create a striking and dramatic … Continue reading
Following on from yesterdays woodland post, which highlighted the fox as being a prominent character in interior design, todays post will show you whats new for Autumn/Winter. The fox motifs first made an appearance on fashion accessories and has steadily … Continue reading
Pantone has been the leading authority on colour for decades, and it has predicted that amongst this Autumn’s key trending shades will be French Roast, Honey Gold, Pink Flambé, Ultramarine Green, Olympian blue, Rhapsody, Rose Smoke, Bright Chartreuse, Whitecap grey, Rhubarb, Sea fog, Titanium and of course Pantone’s colour of the year, Tangerine Tango. The executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute said “By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skilfully balanced palette has something for everyone,” The colours are brilliant alone, but together they are amazing!
A great alternative to black and charcoal, French roast is a tasty, rich and robust colour, and a sophisticated hue. Where as the mellow, burnished yellow of Honey Gold suggests the soft muted tones of sunlight on an Autumn day. For a contrast, Pink flambé, like the name implies, is a delicious, vibrant pink which brings a bit of heat with it, and for a calming element, Ultramarine green, a deep, cooling blue-green will tone down vibrant colours. Olympian blue, a patriotic blue with a strong and sensible tone is sure to stick around throughout Autumn and Winter, and from strong to ethereal, the delicate, dainty hue which Rhapsody offers encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted greyed-down tone. Rose smoke, a beautifully subtle pink, pairs well with Rhapsody and Titanium, and on opposite ends of the colour spectrum lies Bright Chartreuse, a vibrant yellow-green, a typical spring shade, reminiscent of bright green foliage, which provides a brilliant accent to every colour in the palette. Other neutrals in this seasons palette include the versatile Titanium, a quintessentially cool grey.
Just by reading the names of these colours evokes beautiful imagery and although these colours were released in honour of New York Fashion Week, these trends do also apply to Interior Design. Below are some beautiful interiors that infuse some of these colours;
French Roast and Bright Chartreuse
Honey Gold and Olympian blue
Pink Flambé and Titanium
Tangerine Tango and Rhapsody
Ultramarine green and Rose Smoke
Despite being colours that are on trend, it is unlikely that they are going to be used all at once in your home, therefore based on Pantone’s 2012 Autumn colour report, here are some suggested colour combinations; Where better to start then Pantone’s colour of the year: Tangerine Tango. Imagine a big bowl filled with tangerines and limes, this mimics the bright hues of Autumn 2012. Because of its strong, bright hue, Tangerine Tango it is not a colour that should be used on every wall, instead, use sparingly and create a statement through accessories. Tangerine Tango and its complementary Autumn 2012 colour Bright Chartreuse hold their own, perhaps bring in another accent such as Olympian blue. If these colours are a little too strong for your interiors, Pantone offers a softer palette with the like of Honey Gold and Rhapsody. For a softer, feminine style try teaming Rose smoke with Sea Fog and French Roast, or go all-out pink with Pink Flambé and Rose smoke – perfect for a little girls room. For an all masculine scheme, use French roast accompanied with Olympian blue and Titanium. Lastly, if you are looking to achieve a modern look with these colours then Sea Fog, Titanium and Whitecap Grey work brilliantly together to create a clean, modern backdrop.
I have picked three of the latest shades to inspire your scheme:
When thinking of a grey room, dull and gloomy thoughts may spring to mind, but throw in plenty of mirrored surfaces, a sparkly chandelier and suddenly you have achieved an entirely different look. Grey is a versatile shade and springs to life when paired with other shades, such as pastel pinks, or sticking with the Pantone colour palette, Rose smoke and Rhapsody. Titanium grey shades have cool blue notes that also look amazing with tangerine, cobalt blue and aqua. The creative director of Dulux says “It is not surprising that grey has become one of the hottest colours of the year when you consider the advances in low-energy interior lighting which have allowed the cooler colours in the spectrum to enjoy the limelight”
This flower wallpaper, with hand drawn textured-effect grey flowers outlined in black is from the Albany Catwalk collection.
The perfect finishing touch to your bedroom. This Louise quilt has a luxurious finish and is made from a soft, sumptuous velvet.
This sofa is both comfortable and contemporary. With button back detailing, it has an elegant finish and would look perfect in a monochrome or grey colour palette.
This muted greyish pink is an ideal neutral backdrop colour, be careful however not to create an overly sweet scheme. For a mature style, team this hue with purple, grey or espresso brown, and use leather and natural wood to give substance. Rose smoke has been described as the perfect antidote colour to cold weather, Its a shade that seems to have visual perfume too, as it evokes femininity and joy in the rooms where you choose to use it.
This traditional tassel damask cushion in a light purple shade has a lovely soft chenille fabric. The tassel detail on each corner has a traditional yet elegant feel making this cushion ideal to sit on a rich coloured sofa.
A very feminine piece of lighting, the Lucille deserves a place in any girly girl’s boudoir. Its base is made from hand blown glass, finished with a delicate lustre effect, and topped off with a simple cream linen French drum shade.
A Retro set of 70′s inspired 3 ceramic swallows in increasing sizes, each bird is ceramic and glazed with a glossy feminine pink finish.
Olympian blue is spot on for 2012, with its blend of cobalt and sapphire tones. Try mixing darker and lighter blues with a translucent and textured accessories for a fresh and energizing space. Give blues a 1960s vibe by pairing it with pink, or mellow it down with taupe. The creative director of Dulux says “Blues are bursting with energy. Clean, crisp, pure and strong, blue is a colour that clears your head”
Putting a contemporary twist on a classic armchair design, the Maugham chair features an elegant high back with gentle curves, creating a sumptuous and opulent style.
This hand-tufted wool rug has a soft and luxurious texture. the modern chequer pattern has a variety of eye-catching blue tones.
Lastly, a fun and vibrant multi-coloured vertical stripe, adding a lively look to your room.
What do you think of this years colour palette?
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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.