One of my favourite collections of rooms so far this year.
Diving into an unusual colour combination this week but one that is about to gain momentum I feel. First up are these two gorgeous rooms which featured in Elle Decoration UK. One in last month’s edition and one in this month. Both feature this rather fabulous shade of green which I flagged up a couple of weeks ago as being similar to either Benjamin Moore’s Tarrytown or Farrow & Ball Green Smoke.
Beware choosing colours online though as this image below is apparently Studio Green, one of the new colours flagged up for this Spring by Farrow & Ball from their existing collection. It’s a gorgeous dark, dark, dark green that is almost black. I know this because I tested it for my bathroom and, in the end, we decided it was too dark for a bathroom. In the room below, I suspect a little editing to make the rest of the room show up. If you want a greeny black test Studio Green. If you want a greeny grey try the aforementioned Green Smoke.
I know it’s boring but you just can’t tell from a computer. It all depends on the play of light and the intensity of the light – is it a cool blue northern glow or the warm yellow coming from the south both of which will have a very different effect on the colours you are choosing – especially if it’s grey.
Moving from shades of grey to shades of pink. I would never have thought of having a tinted glass room divider and suddenly it seems like a really good idea. This was done by a Finnish company and I’m looking at my shower screens and wondering….
Blush pink is lovely with brass as it’s always so warm and elegant. Remember to throw in some black accents to stop it looking too sugary and it’s a timeless look.
We couldn’t leave without a little bit of dark grey and this is Flint by Devol but you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a dark greeny grey colour which would be fantastic for a kitchen as the green would bring some warmth to the shade. Some people find that Down Pipe can be quite green. I have a lot of it in my house, and in my sitting room it does occasionally take on a greenish hint – south facing room – but in my bathroom -north-facing – never, so you can see why you need to test colours on your own walls.
More blush and brass in this restaurant in King’s Cross belonging to the Australian chef Bill Granger. I went there last week and remarked to the waiter how much I loved the brass pepper mill and that I might steal it. He clearly took me seriously as about halfway through lunch my dining companion noted that every table had a pepper mill except ours. It had been removed by our vigilant waiter. I still don’t know if I am amused or offended.
We’re finishing up with two images from the newly opened Devol showroom in Clerkenwell. A pink and green kitchen. Who’d a thought it? Who would think it? I love it as it fits with my ethos of rooms not looking like they were purpose-built but like you happened upon them in that state. This has that feel and it is very beautiful although I don’t know how much take-up there will be of this actual colour scheme.
I think everyone will be afraid to try it because they will be afraid they will get bored of it. Look again though and the kitchen is green – you could try grey – and it’s only the walls which are pink. Something that is relatively easy to change if, indeed, you do get bored. I wonder….. I think it’s a stunning combination – what do you think?