Colour has the ability to create certain moods and it’s one of the most important things to consider when decorating. Although there are a number of interior design techniques to create the perfect home, when it comes to colour there are no rules – it all depends on personal taste and the look you want to create. Brian Woulfe of Designed by Woulfe is a renowned London-based interior designer with a love of art and colour; here he shares with The LuxPad his top tips to help you introduce colour into your own home…
This exciting choice for Pantone’s Colour of the Year works brilliantly in many different ways, for all different interior schemes. For the brave, go hard on block colours and mix this vibrant hue with other visceral and stimulating colours in your home in a Mondrian style. This will give your space a stylish edge – a heady cocktail of punkish rebellion and regal opulence. Alternatively, the intoxicating purple sits wonderfully with the popular grey, earthy tones of 2017’s interior trends. Alongside these greys and ochres, the tones are softened and are much more seamlessly introduced to pre-existing interiors. Another great way to introduce a softer version of Ultra Violet is to opt for cashmere or wool soft furnishings in the punchy tone. For splashes of Ultra Violet, add a silk or satin piping to cushions, curtains or armchairs.
Colour in Small Rooms
When designing a whole house project, I consider the bathrooms and guest bathrooms little gems of design potential. They can be patches of unexpected colour and vibrancy, tucked away behind a stairwell or an inconspicuous en suite door. Go bold with a blush pink tile or paint throughout. You could even carry it up onto the ceiling for maximum impact. There are many bespoke options for painted sanitary ware too, such as free standing baths or traditional cisterns. At the moment, colour-matching is a huge trend, so try to match the tone of the pink paint or tile you decide to use. For more depth and a less quirky aesthetic, use a tonal mix of pinks, from corals to ballet-slipper pink. This will create a more rounded look, while colour matching will give a really cool two dimensional look, not dissimilar to Pop Art themed schemes.
Rich scarlet fabrics and furniture are reminiscent of Victorian stately homes, illustrious tapestries or even sultry boudoirs. Red can add warmth and drama to any space. It also works brilliantly as a statement accent in a room with a more neutral or completely contrasting scheme, drawing the eyes into a particular corner or alcove.
This colour had captured the hearts of the Instagram generation and interior designers alike. Millennial Pink provides a fantastic way of introducing a feeling of serenity and fun to any space. The brilliant thing about pink is that it can be cold or warm. The more muted pinks hark back to the 1950s – think Grease. They work wonderfully with other similar colours like teal and greys, which have a vintage feel to them. Hot pinks add a bit of spice to an interior and are a more subtle way of adding drama to a room if red is not your thing.
The collective love of chromes, gilt-metal and polished metallic continues to show in many schemes seen this year. What is more interesting is the use of colours such as green, blue and pink to really make these metallic finishes dazzle. Often in the gilding or silvering of these metal finishes, there are other tones visible, such as those in the work of Rampoldi Casa, which really bring out the subtle hues of these finishes.
The Finishing Touches
To give your interiors a relaxed, intimate and homely feel, upholster, lay or cover in tartan, plaid and check. A thick, cosy carpet in warm reds and mustards will add an instant charm to your space. Pair with plain linen-upholstered sofas and winged armchairs, and add cushions to mirror the tones in the carpet. For those new to the world of check, a whole carpet in a checked print might feel overwhelming. A tartan sofa, rug or plaid cushion will provide the cheerful warmth of a carpet without the commitment to the bold trend. Using check, tartan or plaid furniture as accent pieces will keep your home feeling light and airy. However, for the full cosy effect, a carpet or set of curtains require no further work to get your home feeling snuggly.