Home Tones: Successful Colour Combos

Cobalt and plum painted sitting roomcredit

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.

Colourful open plan living spacecredit

Bright entrance with daffodil yellow painted front doorcredit

Cosy sitting room decorated in jewel colourscredit

Kitchen cabinets in different shades of bluecredit

Mustard tiled bathroom with blue-green towelscredit

Lime & raspberry decorated sitting roomcredit

Sitting room with mustard coloured walls and sofascredit

Home Tones: Ombré

Pink ombré bedroom wallcredit

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!

Grey ombré shel recessescredit

Green ombré garden roomcredit

Ombré mosaic tiles bathroomcredit

Yellow ombré wood effect wallpapercredit

Blue ombré curtain in a hallwaycredit

Bookshelf with books organised in a rainbow formationcredit

Hallway stairs carpeted in grey ombré tonescredit

Home Tones: Racing Green

Racing green bookshelvescredit

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.

Racing green coloured floor to ceiling folding doors out on to a gardencredit

Racing green coloured conservatorycredit

Vignette in front of a racing green painted wallcredit

Bay window painted in racing greencredit

Coastal house painted racing green & whitecredit

Boy's bedroom decorated in shades of blue with racing green bed headcredit

Built-in kitchen with racing green coloured shelf alcovecredit








Home Tones: Indigo

Indigo living roomcredit

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.

Stairway painted in Sanderson Indigocredit

Minimalist home office with indigo painted wallcredit

Indigo kitchen islandcredit

Industrial styled kid's room with indigo painted wallcredit

Traditional styled home office with indigo painted wallscredit

Wet room tiled in indigo mosaiccredit

Indigo kitchen cabinetscredit





Home Tones: Emerald

Dark-painted living room with emerald velvet upholstered easy chaircredit

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.

Cloakroom with emerald subway tiles and patterned wallpapercredit

Mantlepiece decorated with emerald coloured glass, picture frames and coral-based lampcredit

Corner of Mini Moderns' home with white & emerald patterned wallpaper and emerald desk lampcredit

Emerald & white patterned cushions and curtain in a sitting roomcredit

Emerald painted bathroom with roll top bath and black and white checkerboard tiled floorcredit

Black, white & emerald painted stairscredit

Emerald & gold mosaic tiled bathroomcredit

Home Tones: Brass

Antique brass-mirror and hand basin tapscredit

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.

House extension clad in brasscredit

Brass-clad kitchen cabinetcredit

brass light switch finger plate and picture frame on a stairwaycredit

Antique brass bed in traditional styled bedroomcredit

Dark painted kitchen with brass and copper accessoriescredit

Bathroom with black roll top bath and brass accessoriescredit

Kitchen with 3 hanging brass lampshades and other brass accessoriescredit

Home Tones: All Black

All black bedroomcredit

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.

All black hallwaycredit

All black exteriorcredit

All black living roomcredit

All black home cinemacredit

All black sitting roomcredit

All black home officecredit

All black kitchencredit