The countdown is on and I’m about to head off on holiday with my family but not before I fill you in on my September colour board project that I undertook. I was asked by the tile showroom Reed Harris to create 6 colour boards for their Miss Print Pop Up Shop at Reed Harris on the Kings Road. It was a fun project pulling together paint from Little Greene, tiles from the Reed Harris collections and all anchored by Miss Print Wallpaper. I first came across Miss Print in about 2010 and have seen them at various shows over the years including Decorex, ICFF and Tent (now the London Design Fair) but if you are not familiar with Miss Print they take their influence from the British countryside mixed with mid-century and Scandinavian design. They’re notable for simple clean lines and colour, but strike a balance between a midcentury modern and contemporary. The East London based company also produces its wallpaper here in the UK. For those of you who are long-term readers of Hello Peagreen you’ll know I have a soft spot for midcentury design and colour. I have an Ercol bookcase, a drop leaf dining table and plenty more besides, then throw in my love of colour and you can see why Reed Harris thought I’d be the (wo)man for the job.
Before I was even let loose in the showroom on the King Road for the Miss Print Pop Up Shop at Reed Harris, I had some research and mood boarding to do. Colour can evoke a mood and ambience in a way that is immediate and impactful. Yet so many of us are concerned that “colour” will become too dominant or overwhelming in our homes, just take a look at the research that went into the House of Colour. I wanted to show that you need not be fearful of colour and that there isn’t just one way of working with a palette. I rummaged through the sample room of Reed Harris and fiddled with paint swatches until I found a balance I was happy with from the products available. A lot of tea was drunk that day. There were plenty of products that would happily sit alongside my predictions for 2019 tile trends spotted at Cersaie, including two of my favourites that I included in the displays – the beautiful green and turquoise Bolle Verde tile and the mesmerising Ritmic Angolo Tortora.
The above shows Palm Tree Ocean, Bolle Verde tile and Canton 94 Little Green all available from Reed Harris.
I’m not going to lie, I had a lot of fun with Stuart and Karen, from Reed Harris, especially when I would make an outrageous suggestion. Sometimes though you need to push a little harder to see where the real boundaries are, that’s always been my philosophies with clients, to encourage them to take risks and explore. As Kelly Wearstler said “Living without colour is like living without love”. So while it might appear that I “went for it”, in reality, this was a balanced and considerate colour discussion. I know that not everyone is going to choose a deep forest green coloured tile for their kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere in their home but being brave with colour can lead to some fascinating and beautiful outcomes. On my second visit to the showroom, it was install day and that’s when the boxes really came to life. I kept the painted outer edges of the boxes and the wallpaper selection matching vertically to show how the same colour can be used in different pairings – I’m sharing them side by side in the photographs below so that you can compare. The inner box painted colour you will notice changes though.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a little bit of the process behind putting together the colour boards for the Miss Print Pop Up Shop at Reed Harris. If you’d like to see more of my colour styling take a look here or maybe have a look at my post about copper blush. The above shows Tarn Indigo by Miss Print, Ritmic Angolo Tortora tile and Mortlake yellow 265 and Mazarine 256 by Little Green all available from Reed Harris. Now if I could just win the lottery I’d have those Angolo Tortora tiles in my bathroom.