I couldn’t resist showing you these images of Marks and Spencer‘s upcoming spring campaign. It’s called Seascape and I’m behind it one hundred percent. Not only does it showcase my favourite shade of green (almost the same shade as my office at home), but it demonstrates how to use it to great effect too.
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Nothing compliments this intense shade better than some crisp snowy white. It may be trendy to paint ceilings the same shade as the walls, but in this case the white reflects the light from the skylight and prevents the room from descending into gloom. The original glossy floorboards and panelled walls may be traditional looking but those upholstered chairs and the round contemporary table bring it right into the 21st Century. A beautiful example of combining old with new. By the way, painting the cupboards the same shade as the walls unifies the scheme and is a neat trick if you have inherited a kitchen you can’t afford to replace yet.
Wallpaper is a good way of introducing a loved colour in a more subtle way. And a good way of creating synergy between rooms. That wallpapered screen may be a stylist’s trick to get wallpaper into the room but it could work equally well if you wallpaper a recessed part of the wall. It’s an updated version of the ‘feature wall’. It’s a beautiful room and the original details are stunning but introducing modern furniture and accessories ensures it does not look dated. Note how the cushions and accessories are all mis-matched. It works because none of them are dominating the scheme and it’s all drawn together by the common thread of green on the wall and through the plants.
Here the green paintwork and green wallpaper have been used together to great effect. The bedding has a light background to reflect light. As does the rug. The bright blue of the headboard, occasional chair and patterned cushion are just enough contrast to make the scheme look uncontrived. And just as a parting shot. I wouldn’t normally use gloss paint on woodwork but here it looks sensational. I’m a fan.
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