We feel our ‘Home Tones‘ series has run its course for the time being, so the final instalment today is Successful Colour Combos – a celebration of the myriad of colours we’ve seen over recent months. Here we’re showing how you can use complementary or contrasting colours to great effect in your home décor. There are some fabulous examples for this final hoorah – hope you enjoy the bold, eye-catching and creative interior spaces that we’ve chosen.
Ombré literally means ‘shade’ in French. It’s the graduation of light to dark (and sometimes, back again) of colour. Think sunrise and sunset and the colours of the rainbow. It’s a very ‘on trend’ fashion in hair, nail art, cake decorating… and décor.
If you fancy using the effect in your home, the most obvious application is in the painting of walls. It looks easy to do, but it’s hard to perfect the subtle, imperceptible colour changes. As well as painting walls, you could tackle stair risers, adding a little white or black paint to the pot with each stair.
There are lots of other ways of bringing ombré detailing into your décor. Dip-dye fabric for use in curtains, cushion covers, bedding and upholstery. Lay kitchen and bathroom tiles on walls and even floors; it’s particularly effective if you use small mosaics.
We particularly like the bottom but one image below of shelves of books arranged according to their colour – I don’t think I’d be able to find particular titles if we did this with our books though!
Racing green is a quintessential British colour. It’s the colour of rubber Wellington boots and Barbour jackets. It’s a favoured paint colour of the Land Rover, Jaguar, Mini and the vintage Morris Minor.
In houses, it’s a great transition colour for bringing the outside in and vice versa. It works well with other shades of green, yellows and various wood tones – and when contrasted against shades of cream & white.
While wondering what colour to feature in this week’s Home Tones, I glanced down at my T-shirt… Indigo blue.
One of the seven colours of the rainbow, indigo is a deep, dark blue. It’s the traditional dye used to colour denim or serge de Nîmes to give it its correct term. It’s also used to colour wool, silk and food.
Indigo’s got real impact when it comes to interior decoration – intense and rich. It seems to work very well when it sits against a crisp white in the form of skirting boards, ceiling etc. It also looks fabulous when combined with layers of grey tone or natural wood shades. Successful highlight colours include yellow, pink, gold and other brass like metallics.
Like Malachite, which we featured on Home Tones a few weeks ago, emerald is a beautiful green coloured mineral much favoured during the Art Deco era.
Emerald jewellery looks fabulous with diamonds and set in platinum or white gold. Similarly, in interiors, match this shade of green with brilliant white, metallics and a deep dark shade of grey.
Emerald green can give a feeling of grandeur, mystery or freshness. It all depends on what you pair it with and what type of materials you use. For instance, the velvet easy chair above makes the room ooze plushness and sophistication.
In previous Home Tones posts, we’ve featured a range of metallics such as gold, pewter, copper and steel – today, it’s the turn of brass. It’s a warm, inviting colour which we have dotted about our own house. It works with both our antique and mid century modern pieces. It comes in various tones depending how much it’s aged or has been polished.
Brass can have a wonderful reflective quality – and light can also play differently depending on whether the metal has a smooth finish or is beaten into a textured surface. It looks fabulous with spotlighting – or even better, flickering candles.
It works well with the natural shades of wood, wicker, seagrass and Hessian. It’s often used with cream and white paints where its reflective qualities enhance the light & airy feel… but we particularly love it against dark greys where it has real dramatic impact.
It’s dark, dramatic all black for this week’s Home Tones. And we’ve chosen images where walls, floors and ceilings are incorporated into the scheme. It creates a cocoon or womb-like space that envelops the occupant. Spotlights and mood lighting have the perfect backdrop to look their best.
There are a wide range of highlight colours that work well. Our personal favourite are those mustard yellows, tan leathers, blonde woods and wicker. It’s also a great colour to display artwork against. Black & white photos sit very nicely – and bold flashes of colour have real impact – a huge abstract oil painting springs to mind. All in all, it’s one of our absolute favourite interior looks.