Home Tones: Chestnut

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Huguenot Physician's Housecredit

This week’s Home Tone is chestnut – very apt for Christmas week! It’s such a warm and luxurious shade for interiors. There’s the wood itself, of course, but it can also be brought into a space through the use of quality leathers, paint, granite, furs or textiles. It has a timeless elegance and quality. It works very well with other shades of brown and a natural palette in general. It also looks fabulous with dark greys to create real dramatic atmosphere. Teal is one perfect contrast colour that we like. Chestnut can also be used as an exterior timber where it weathers to a very attractive, silvery brown.

Chestnut coloured shower enclosure in a white bathroomcredit

Chestnut coloured leather club chair in a sitting roomcredit

Wood panelled library and home officecredit

Chestnut coloured rug in white & turquoise sitting roomcredit

Chestnut-framed Turkmenistan gercredit

Chestnut worktop on a kitchen islandcredit

M House clad in chestnut woodcredit

Home Tones: Black Coffee

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Basement wine cellar & seating area in a boutique mews housecredit

This week’s Home Tones brings you all things black coffee coloured. It’s the shade of brown associated with wenge, a beautiful tropical hardwood.

It’s a very practical and forgiving colour for use on walls and floors; hiding all manner of scuffs, marks… and scribbles! Perfect for those with kids or big, active dogs like ours (or rather, big muddy dogs most of the time recently!).

It has real warmth and atmosphere, working perfectly with other natural shades – and contrasting well with creamy whites and greens. Pair it with highlight metallics such as gold, brass and copper on lamps, taps, light switches and sockets.

Small home office area with black coffee wallpapered wallscredit

Light-filled sitting room with pair of large brown leather sofascredit

Bathroom with floor to ceiling matt tiles in black coffeecredit

Solid rendered spiral staircase painted in black coffee colourcredit

Bedroom in the Emirates Crown decorated in black coffee and other shades of browncredit

Bathroom clad in black coffee stained wood panellingcredit

Sitting room with pair of large cream sofas and black coffee coloured wall panellingcredit

Home Tones: Khaki

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Khaki coloured Shaker-style kitchencredit

So far, we’ve only featured bright, vibrant colours in our Homes Tones series. This week’s Khaki post will really calm things down, so to speak. Make no mistake, khaki isn’t some ‘drab‘ beige or magnolia; it means business! Khaki is fashionable yet timeless – think of those classic trench coats, chinos and Bermuda shorts – and the same goes for using it in your home.

If like us you like a little flash of colour, you can team it with almost anything – fire engine red, racing green, orange, royal blue… If you don’t and prefer muted tones, match it with chocolate brown, sage green, white or even black. Khaki is such a flexible colour! 🙂

Bathroom with roll-top bath and bee print wallpapercredit

Vintage modern sitting areacredit

Modern fitted kitchen with islandcredit

Front door painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Skimming Stone'credit

Modern, pet-friendly kitchencredit

Bathroom with khaki-painted walls and black & white tiled floorcredit

Open plan lounge, dining room and kitchencredit

Tuesday Huesday: José Pedro Costigliolo

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José Pedro Costigliolo painting, Abstraction (still life), 1948Abstraction (still life), 1948

Welcome to a new slot on our blog entitled Tuesday Huesday, where we highlight a pattern, artwork, interior, illustration, clothing etc whose colour combination catches our eye.

(still life), 1948

We start off with the Uruguayan artist, José Pedro Costigliolo (1902-1985), whose work is very reminiscent of the cubist style.

Many thanks to Kevin Anzalone of Mid-Centuria for introducing us to this wonderful artist!

Original images via Castells, Uruguay.