Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Brit Decor: Colour kick-start 2015

Images (from top) 1/ Sonia Saelens 2/ Riches for Rags 3/ The Zhush 4/ Brit + Co 5/ Zilver Blau

Although our UK Winters do have some aesthetic merits such as frosty white mornings, dramatic skies and the naked architecture of the leaf stricken trees & hedgerows, the ration on daylight hours can leave our interiors feeling a little lacklustre, right?

After the festive trimmings of Christmas have been carefully packed away and the fireworks have simmered out, our surroundings can feel a little bare and in need of an interiors 'pick-me-up'. The simplest way to achieve this, which will in turn lift mood, is to add colour to help kick-start the year with energy and vitality.

I like to think of it as weaving strands of colour into a predominantly neutral canvas - artwork and photographic prints (especially your own) can add instant colour and personality to a room, as well as provide a great starting point for a scheme's palette. Picking colours out from artwork and deploying these as accents in a scheme is one of THE most effective ways of decorating.

For fun and varied colour palettes, I like to envisage confetti and imagine that I am scattering an array of colours throughout the room. Equally I find that picturing a beautiful floral bouquet is another easy way of visualising and planning how I am going to introduce colourful accessories within a room's palette. Of course, we can also be literal about this and add the real thing - flowers bring an instant pop of colour and smell great too!

Today I have created my own shopping palette of quick fix colour accessories to help awaken interiors from their Winter slumber - I hope you like them...

1/ Skydiver artwork €38 Tomy K 
2/ Alexandra vase £795 Jonathan Adler 
3/ Wild & Wolf trim phone £26.10 Red Candy 
4/ Kitchen Skimmer set £10 Zanders and Sons
5/ Dandelion print £20 Howkapow 
6/ Triangles notebook £3.50 Sian Elin 
7/ Swan brooch £29.95 Howkapow 
8/ 1810 cushion by Paul Vogel £35 Heals 

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