Colour with confidence
PUBLISHED: 10:19 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:19 12 April 2016
Be bold with your choice of colour, says Norwich-based interior designer Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors
WHEN ALL of the practical elements of a design such as layouts and lighting are finalised, we then move on to what is seen as the fun part - the decorative scheme. This is when we help our clients turn a space that works functionally into a home that is both visually pleasing and has the desired ambiance.
Mixing colour and texture with accents of pattern is my personal preference to creating a room that feels balanced and comfortable; this seems to be a winning formula with clients too. Being brave with colour can be a daunting thought at first but, if the scheme is carefully put together, something very interesting and unique can be created. Helping a client to leave their “neutral” comfort zone and enter the world of dark and mysterious shades or bright and bold pops of colour is something that I do on a daily basis to take homes to another level on the design scale. So when it came to deciding on a scheme for my own home - that is also a showcase for my work and seen by clients - it was important to show just what is possible with colour.
Having created a semi-open-plan living space with varying floor and ceiling heights, I didn’t want to just paint one colour throughout. It was more about using colour to create different zones and break traditional colour theory rules along the way.
A paint of choice that we have used in both modern and traditional homes recently is Zoffany’s Victorian purple. It is a beautiful, deep, smokey purple/grey, I couldn’t resist using this in my kitchen - on the walls, ceiling and even the skirting. This may seem a risky choice due to the space measuring just 2.3m by 4.2m, but with pops of bright pink and green, good lighting and a section of reflective bevel-edged metro mirror tiles, the area still looks bright and welcoming but with a sophisticated, restful feel. It is quite a contrast to the bright, neutral – sometimes a little stark - colours that are often found in kitchens.
Leading through into the light-filled dining area with a high ceiling and south-facing, tall sash windows, the wall colour drops down several shades to a Little Greene paint from the Blue palette, called Arquerite. This is a beautiful colour that has been given a quirky edge by becoming the backdrop for artwork and colourful Roman blinds in a printed velvet fabric by Parris Wakefield, adding texture and a little pattern accent.
If you are struggling to move away from a neutral palette but would like to add some colour to your home, pop along to our shop to peruse our paint collection and receive helpful advice or telephone for information about a home consultation appointment.