COLOUR

CHROMA: A GRAPHIC VIEW

We have been visually devouring post-modern references over the past few years, and the popularity of these movements is ever increasing.  As we move through inspirations from Memphis to Bauhaus and beyond, these references are seeping into our creative minds and from this emerges a style that is distinctly modern and yet very familiar.  

 

 The style is highly chromatic and filled with bold schemes in saturated colour. Peach, melon, yellow, teal and blue form graphic elements dominating the forms that make up interiors. From block colour, shapely furniture and melting objects that seem to have emerged from a Dali-esque artwork to graphic outlines and line-work that create illusions reminiscent of work by Escher – your interior will begin to evolve beyond the mid-century post-modern style and into a vivid chromatic retreat.

A strikingly chromatic palette in clean and bold colours, saturated hues work alongside softer, greyed-off shades in the Chroma colour collection.  Together black and white is an essential starting point, whilst more muted tertiary hues are paired with stronger colour to create intriguing combinations.


Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

ENTWINE: A COLOURFUL WEAVE

Respectful appreciation for diversity is an important part of how we now live. More frequently than ever we are reminded of the need to strive for equality and to take a global view that extends beyond our backyard. We want to be connected with other cultures, be respectfully inspired by their traditions and unique creative talents.

We look for a connection – something that can create a dialogue between modernity and tradition or seemingly opposing cultures


This interior style is eclectic and combines many references to varying global cultures with modern pieces featuring weave and rich colour, inspired by landscapes from South America to the middle east. Rich colours such as red, burgundy, brown and oranges are brought together with the zest of bright yellow and blue to form unexpected combinations and diversify the look of a modern interior.

This eclectic range of colour displays richness and warmth in earthy red and botanical green with unexpected accents.  The Entwine palette is influenced by global cultures and landscapes creating a link between modernity and tradition.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

SENTIENCE: A TACTILE REMEDY

Texture has become a remedy for our senses.

Move away from smooth, cold surfaces and surround yourself with warm colours, flesh tones and vegetal hues. Rediscover colours that are soothing and restorative; relaxing and tonal. Begin to fill your home with texture, tactility and undulating surfaces. Your choice of materials becomes very important – how do they feel? Smell? Does your eye find interest in the apparent movement of the material's surface?

Texture has become a remedy for our senses. Tactility is our relief from the pressure of the screen and the smooth unsympathetic surfaces we endure daily.

Raw aesthetics are combined with manmade materials that provide visual interest and tactile qualities under our fingertips.

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Subtle pastels and soft naturals make up the Sentience palette.  New beiges with a hint of grey are versatile and will pair easily with the mellow hues of the range.


Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

We love this peaceful calm palette direction and look forward to incorporating these tones into a project. 

Antidote: A Colour Cure

Dulux Antidote Colour Trend 2017

DULUX COLOUR TRENDS 2017 THE FUTURE OF INTERIORS

ANTIDOTE: A COLOUR CURE

 

The Dulux Colour Trends 2017 is your perfect prescription to cure the mundane. The Colour Cure is prescribing distilled colour palettes as an antidote to many of the challenges we face in our modern lifestyles
— Dulux

The team at Dulux has gifted us four stunning trend palettes. We have decided to drop one trend per week over the next four weeks so you can savour the concepts and thought provoking inspiration. 


CONSTRUCT: A LUXE FOUNDATION


A tonal palette of cool hues for understated luxury.


Pared back beauty comes from a rawness found in architectural angles and the use of industrial materials such as concrete, steel and galvanised finishes. These elements combine with subtle, more tonal colour palettes that can create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details. An atmospheric palette of blues and greys, warmth is found through metallic accents in platinum, copper and rust.

Industrial materials such as glass, concrete and metal are perfect partners for decorative details in the Construct trend. Metals such as bronze, copper, platinum and silver all work beautifully with the grey and shades in the palette.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

LIGHT AND DARK - COLOUR TREND

 

Continuing the theme of “looking both ways” i.e back to the past and forward into the future, The Dark and Light Palette blends tradition with modern innovation.  One of the key trends has been the importance of Darkness.  

 

Just as we need a dark sky in order to see the stars more clearly,  so it is with this palette.  The Dutch Masters of the 17th century epitomised this with their clever use of light playing against dark hues.

 

This can be translated into an interior scheme where there can be the juxtaposition of a dark and moody paint finish with rich and textural upholstery such as velvets to provide lustre, sheen and contrast.

Many of the colours in this palette combine coherently to reflect the tones of both dusk and dawn.

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HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE - Colour Trend

We need to know about our past in order to design for our future.  Including the past is comforting and evokes a feeling of home. Having a foundation in the past gives us confidence to step into the future.

Terracotta Reds reflect our rich heritage, however these tones have a bright contemporary feel that leads us to the future. 

We are in love with these nude and blush tones in this palette. We continue to use these in our projects with much success especially when contrasted with dark timbers or modern stylised fittings.

 Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Vintage and antique references may be in contrast To or support Our modern-day aesthetic.

BATHROOM COLOUR COMEBACK

Are we ready?

Colour is on it's way for bathware once again. 

We may only have just recovered from the 70’s ill-advised arctic blue, avocado and lolly pink, well hold on colour in bathroom fittings is making a comeback. 

One reason why we think that the colour renaissance might be worth considering is this time around the finish is resolutely matt. The new look product's chalky low key lux follows the similar trend we see in home decor ceramics. 

New bathware colours on offer range from flesh pink, pale yellow, terracotta and khaki, or for those who are remodelling and would play it safe a we have found a stunning range of grey tones that will tempt even the most skeptical. 

 After seeing these stunning inspirational bathroom design ideas, were you converted to colour?

IMM......INTO GLASS

The week long International furnishing show that is IMM Cologne ran this past January.  Trade fairs showcase a feast of décor innovation and imagination which get us very excited.

This year we were particularly taken by the rise of coloured glass in coffee and side tables. Reflecting the WGSN 2016 Deep Summer trend you can see water-like transparency, bioluminescent hues, ombres and contrasting materials featured in our favourite picks;

 

Shimmer Tivoli Table by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia

The amazingly talented Patricia Urquiola has done it again. A Laminated and glued glass construction is seamless.  Iridescent and multichromatic, the glass creates ethereal reflections with changing light.

 

Bell Tables by Sebastian Herkner for Classicon

Herkner was nominated to design the Dashaus – Interiors on Stage exhibition at IMM Cologne.  Each year a designer is chosen to work with the 200m2 stage to create a future oriented, practical and workable house-like space.  All furniture, colours, materials, lighting and accessories were selected by Herkner and so created a sort of portrait of the designer.  He described the space as “soft aromatic, colourful and communicative”  we think his Bell table is much the same.

Materials are contrasting and illusory.  The metal top appears to float on a light and fragile glass base, a contradiction to the the usual heavy base and glass top.

 

Pli Side Table by Victoria Wilmotte for Classicon

Surface treated stainless steel gives these geometric bases the look of giant polished semi-precious stones.  The smooth rounded crystal glass top contrasts nicely with the faceted base which playfully reflects light.  It seems Classicon are hitting the mark with glass.

 

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Hampton Low Table by Eric Jourdan for Ligne Roset

Lastly the pink glass and wood combination was a hit on this coffee table.  The generous use of coloured glass relaxes the seriousness of the architectural style and helps to tie in softer textures and more playful patterns.

 

Introducing coloured glass doesn't need to be limited to tables. Vases and lighting are an easy way to inject this playful trend and enjoy the magical patterns light and glass can make!