Colour: A blog round up

I’ve been on a colour fest since Maison et Objet in January and have come across some great examples of fabulous hits of high octane colour.  I thought I’d share some of my favourite finds with you.

I love the attention to detail shown in the two examples by Diamond Baratta Design. The mixture of colour, scale and natural light is so expressive and right now I want it to brighten my day (given its dreak and dreary here).

Holly Becker over on Décor8 has a great post on Pantone’s Autumn 2011 Colour report.  As Leatrice Eiseman, from the Pantone Color Institute is quoted “[the fall palette is about]…artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals…” Taking Leatrice’s advice is certainly away to introduce these hues into our homes.  I’m currently very excited about Honeysuckle, Deep Teal and Quarry – not necessarily very English interiors colours – but fabulous. Certainly enough to make me smile. 

A real favourite, Heather Jenkinson has a fabulous post on designer palettes, which is completely in tune with my fluttering heart on the new Farrow & Ball’s Manor House Grey. I am itching to use it in my own home with something bright, bold and hopefully zingy.

Be still my heart

Heather has also posted about the recent Upstairs Downstairs series, which along with last years Downton Abbey has really inspired me – lots of lost interior colours.  I am definitely seeing a move to incorporate both old and new influences, modern interpretation of historical tones and taking cues from the great stately homes.  Heather’s palette beneath Lady Agnes completely rocks too.

Megan Arquette aka Beach Bungalow 8 recently showcased the work of Swedish stylist Lo Bjurulf. Full on colour here and absolutely no shying away from it.  I’m not sure there are many client’s who could be persuaded to paint the walls, ceilings, molding’s, architraves, doors and radiators bright fuchsia pink. But it works so well and I bet it is an extremely flattering room to be in – warming up the skin tone. Maybe a future bathroom project?

I was introduced to the diversion project by Heather Jenkinson. This eye popping blog is full of the most beautiful things and I get my fix as regularly as I can – daily when time permits. In today’s post there is an easy-peasy solution to getting high octane colour into your home, even if your other half isn’t so keen. The statement wall made easy or half size in this case. 

I have been excited to see so many blogs talking about the approach to colour. Andrew Dunning at APD has a fantastic explanation of the differences between tonal, harmonious and complementary colour schemes – a brilliant back to basics and a real reminder about getting colour right.  

In australian homes and lifestyle Adore Magazine there is a feature on the lovely eclectically stylish Abigail Ahern advising on how to vary the intensity of colour. Completely agree that “painting a space a different hue is one of the most transformative things you can do and it’s cheap.”

More roundup on colour to come…… 



  1. February 23, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    Great post, Mary! Really good all round effort – and colour is a big topic… Also digging the uptodate info by mentioning today's Diversion Project post! There are not enough GOOD UK colour blogs, I hope you preserve with this line of study because you've got a real eye for it.

  2. February 23, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    Thanks heather you are far too kind given I have you to thank for chivying me along. Going to be interesting these next few months. Lets see if I can keep the amp turned up on colour

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