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: 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

Get their look: Double-height hallway

Double-height hallway

We love a proper hallway off the front entrance. Not only does it create a path through to the rest of the house, it’s a place to hang coats, take off muddy wellies & walking boots, deposit house keys and mail. Ours is a bit cramped to say the least. This double-height hallway is the epitome of adult cool. Bright & airy, sophisticated furnishings, clear of clutter and creates an expectation of a great interior ahead. Hopefully, we’ll get a space like this one day.

  1. 50cm x 50cm picture frame
  2. Sector Octo ceiling light, birch
  3. Solange cotton-blend throw
  4. Jojo vase
  5. Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair
  6. Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira sideboard
  7. Odyssey Nestor (Antislip R10) floor tile

Get their look: Double-height hallway | H is for Home

Home Tones: Hibiscus

Hibiscus pink games roomcredit

Last week, in our Home Tones post, we discovered that my birthday colour is Dry Rose. This week, it’s only fair to talk about Justin’s birthday colour – Hibiscus – which is your colour if you were born on 14th April. If you weren’t born on this day, you can find out what your own colour is in Michele Bernhardt’s book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You.

Those born on Justin’s birthday are supposed to be, “Determined | Persuasive | Sparkly”. It continues…

Swatch of Pantone's 'Hibiscus'You have a sparkly personality and the room lights up when you are in it. It is important for you to express your ideas with flair and gusto. Staying within the status quo and being average is not for you. Remain detached in regard to material ambitions and you will find that money and financial gain will come more readily to you. Your personal color gives you the staying power to follow through to completion. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Hibiscus helps you to listen better while improving your timing.

Dressing room with chair upholstered in hibiscus pink fabriccredit

Hibiscus pink, black & white bathroomcredit

Hibiscus pink decorated twin bedroomcredit

Sitting room decorated in hibiscus pink and white with turquoise upholstered armchairscredit

White bathroom with hibiscus pink painted feature wallcredit

White painted four poster bed with hibiscus pink headboard, cushions and blanketcredit

Glossy hibiscus pink and white fitted kitchen cabinetscredit

Home Tones: Dry Rose

Loft apartment with Dry Rose recesses and armchairscredit

I’ve just discovered something called, ‘Colorstrology’. It’s like astrology… but instead of it being your star sign, it’s your colour. You can read all about it in Michele Bernhardt’s book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You. Apparently, if you’re born on my birthday – November 24th – your colour is Pantone’s ‘Dry Rose’. You’re also meant to be, “Profound | Exotic | Committed”. It goes on to describe me further…

Pantone 'Dry Rose' colour swatchYou have a giving nature and at times you may feel like you are not appreciated. Try to remember that you are loved and that not everyone knows how to or has the capacity to go the distance the way you do. You are highly creative and understanding. Many people will come to you for support. Your personal color protects your energy. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Dry Rose supports the compassionate side of you, but doesn’t allow responsibilities to run you down.

I don’t know if I believe in Colorstrology… any more than I believe in horoscopes. Although the favourite colour of a Sagittarian is meant to be purple, we love to travel and we sometimes speak before we think – all correct facts about me!

My favourite shade of purple is violet, but this Dry Rose has grown on me whilst writing this post. I’ve chosen images below of a few homes where the colour’s been used very successfully.

Bathroom sink console with dry rose coloured towelscredit

Wall stencilled in Dry Rose shades of pinkcredit

Purple painted house exteriorcredit

Modern kitchen with purple painted walls and matching Kitchenaid food processorcredit

Corridor with purple painted feature wallcredit

Bedroom with purple painted wallscredit

Modern kitchen with Dry Rose painted splash backscredit