Home Tones: Tiffany Blue

Picture gallery on a Tiffany blue painted wallcredit

One of the few things I regret about our one and only trip to New York over a decade ago was not popping into Tiffany’s. We walked right past it, along 5th Avenue, peeking through the door as we drew alongside. I don’t know why we didn’t go inside!

Tiffany Blue is such a distinctive shade. The shop’s little boxes and bags with their white ribbon and rope are instantly recognisable.

According to Tiffany & Co:

Also referred to as robin’s-egg blue or forget-me-not blue, this distinctive color may have been chosen because of the popularity of the turquoise gemstone in 19th-century jewelry. Turquoise was also a favorite of Victorian brides who gave their attendants a dove-shaped brooch of turquoise as a wedding day memento.

The colour is perfect teamed with brilliant white and soft grey – or, for a touch of drama, try combining it with charcoal or black.

Tiffany Blue painted front doorcredit

Kitchen cupboards and door painted in Tiffany Bluecredit

Tiffany Blue clothes cupboard and drawers in a dressing roomcredit

Black and Tiffany Blue decorated teen bedroomcredit

Baby's nursery with Tiffany Blue bedding and cushionscredit

Shower enclosure with Tiffany Blue tiled floorcredit

Twin Tiffany Blue bathroom sinkscredit

Home Tones: Neon

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Neon has made a big comeback in recent years. It’s not just the preserve of 50s-style diners, cocktail bars and nightclubs. Neon can be used very successfully in the home environment, in any room of the house.

My favourite application is in the bathroom; it helps set a relaxing atmosphere when enjoying a long soak with soft music and glass of wine.

Neon isn’t only about signs – although I love them, especially when they’re personalised with your name or favourite saying. Strips or tracks of neon lighting can lead the way between rooms or up and down stairs – especially at night when overhead lights may be turned off.

'Boo' neon sign in a gold cabinet cocktail barcredit

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Red 'hotel' neon sign in vintage industrial decorated bathroomcredit

neon under-lit stairwaycredit

Red 'undress yourself' neon sign above the entrance to a walk-in wardrobecredit

'You only live once' neon sign above a sofa in a sitting roomcredit

Neon house numberscredit

Home Tones: Buttermilk

Buttermilk painted kitchen with butchers block islandcredit

This week’s Home Tones colour is buttermilk. We’re surprised it’s taken us such a long time to feature it as virtually our entire house is painted this colour. It’s such a lovely, warm shade which we find works well with an eclectic interior décor scheme – it’s better than stark white for this old stone house. Our vintage, mid century modern, antique and industrial pieces all sit well against it. It’s also the perfect backdrop for colourful paintings and art prints. Wood, wicker and seagrass add texture without jarring. We’ve got an orange feature wall in the kitchen – and are considering some dramatic dark grey in certain areas too, but buttermilk has featured in all of our houses over the years and will likely continue to do so.

Buttermilk twin bedroomcredit

Buttermilk painted rustic living roomcredit

Buttermilk painted entrance hallcredit

kitchen-diner with buttermilk painted cabinets and shelvingcredit

Buttermilk painted kitchedn cabinetscredit

Buttermilk porch swing chaircredit

Buttermilk decorated kid's bedroomcredit

Get their look: Colourful multifunctional family room

Colourful multifunctional family roomcredit

The colourful multifunctional family room above belongs to Evros and Susie Agathou, the owners of London-based Avocado Sweets Interior Design Studio. We first discovered them on Houzz and have followed their bright, often playful designs for quite a while.

They use a combination of vintage and contemporary furniture, creating spaces in which you want to live, work and play.

  1. Ceiling pendant lamps
  2. Cubit modular shelving
  3. Vintage Skipper Mobler leather arm chair
  4. Geometric rainbow cushion
  5. Two tone yellow side table
  6. After Matisse standard rug

Get their look: Colourful multifunctional family room | H is for Home

Home Tones: Cherry Red

Brilliant white sitting room with cherry red sofacredit

Cherry red is a pinkish red with a tinge of black, giving it a deep intensity. It looks amazing with greys and leafy greens. You generally see it as a punchy impact or highlight colour – the red Aga cooker combined with dove grey cabinets is a favourite. Using the colour as an eye-catching feature on sofas, benches, chairs and doors is very successful. However,  there’s always an exception to the rule – the floor to ceiling, wall to wall expanse of mosaic tiles works really well in the bathroom space featured below.

Dove grey painted kitchen with cherry red Agacredit

Cherry red mosaic tiled bathroomcredit

Cherry red painted garden benchcredit

Cherry red 1950s inspired kitchencredit

Tonal grey bathroom with cherry red rails and under-sink cabinetcredit

Blue kitchen island/breakfast bar with cherry red bar stoolscredit

Brilliant white kitchen with 4 cherry red bar stoolscredit

Home Tones: Daffodil yellow

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Both Gardener’s World and Springwatch were praising the beauty of daffodils on the television last night – and we’ve got some lovely swathes appearing in the local countryside. They really capture the vitality and optimism of spring. So, with the clocks going forward tonight, what other colour could we possibly have chosen for this week’s Home Tones than daffodil yellow?

It’s a fabulous highlight colour – feature walls & doors, chairs, lampshades, cushions and bed covers can all provide that flash of zingy, life-affirming colour without overdoing it. It lifts cream based neutrals & blond wood – and contrasts wonderfully against the much in vogue grey palette. In the case of daffodil yellow, it certainly is possible to have too much of a good thing. But, when used skilfully, it’s hard to beat for impact.

daffodil yellow painted open doorcredit

Yellow painted kids' bathroom with yellow tile strip in the shower enclosurecredit

Yellow kitchen cabinetcredit

Pair of yellow chairs in front of a firecredit

Twin beds with yellow pillows in an all-white bedroomcredit

Yellow painted pantry and kitchen unitcredit