There’s no doubt that as a nation we are getting more adventurous with colour. Well, I hope that’s true anyway. But what I’m really hoping for is that we can start getting bolder when combining colours in our interiors. It’s no longer enough to paint a feature wall in a bold colour and leave the rest to chance (so noughties!). Or indeed paint the rest with lashings of white paint. To really stand out and create a scheme that pleases the eye and creates the right mood you have to think about using colour in a completely different way. All of the images below are from the autumn/winter ranges coming to the high street soon, and they have two things in common. They all use strong colours in bold combinations. And then surprisingly or not they all have an element of pink.
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Royal Blue and Pink
Using a warm pink as a background colour on all four walls is a very good way of making a room look cosy and inviting. It will look equally good day or night. But to add royal blue curtains and a matching (I hate to say matching but in this case it works) sofa takes it to a whole new level. The white paintwork and table top add freshness to the scheme, and the accessories pick up varying shades of the two colours. What really makes this room work though is the more muted rug and the unexpected russet coloured pouffe. Remember every room should have an element of surprise to stop it looking too predictable and contrived.
Racing Green and a Touch of Pink
Dark green will always be one of my favourite colours. It always looks smart but sometimes a little bit too formal. Here in a dining room the addition of pastel pink and blue tableware takes the formality down a few notches and creates a more modern feel. The light wood table and white chairs also help to create a more casual ambiance, but the mood could be changed for a more traditional setting with a change of tableware and accessories. In the kitchen, the pink and grey accessories add a playful note to the more traditional features of dark green paneling and a marble splashback.
Teal and Pink
Half and half walls have been around for some time, but are never more effective than when two strong colours are used together. Generally using the darker colour on the bottom half of the wall grounds the entire scheme. And painting the skirting board the same colour ensures the effect is not broken up by too many colours. It’s also a good idea to use some wood in a scheme like this to add a natural element. Without it the room might look too much like a child’s playroom. And look how lovely those green leaves and branches look against the pink!
Neutrals with Green and Pink
When creating a bold colour scheme, it doesn’t necessarily have to start with the walls. This room has restricted the bold colours to the bed accessories and made a real feature of it. The pink has been used in a more restrained statement and the subtle pattern on the bedding breaks up the green in an effective way. This is a good way to dip your toe into the water if you are feeling cautious about choosing strong colour combinations.
A Riot of Blue, Green and Pink
From the Joe Browns Collection at JD Williams.
By total contrast, if you are feeling really courageous why not just go for it? Paint the walls a darker shade of teal and pile on the fabrics in a riot of colour and pattern. Not forgetting to use pink of course.
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