Starting off the week with some calming neutrals and restful colours by which I mean (for me at least) some soft pinks teamed with lots of natural wood and dark accents as seen below.
Now before you start asking about the ceiling, note how it matches the white painted floorboards so it all makes sense and makes it look like a decision was made. It’s also a colour combination made in heaven that is completely age-proof as well.
Talking of classic colour combinations, this is the home of Nick Nemechek, co-founder of TRNK, a curated collection of homewares that, sadly, doesn’t ship to Europe at the moment, but they sell from an international range of designers so you can take inspiration from their curation at least.
And here’s a case in point. If you’ve started to look at that pale grey and find it a little cold, then note how it warms up with the addition of natural wood and a chocolate brown velvet sofa. Grey is very easily influenced and you can change its mood from cool and, slightly unfriendly, to more welcoming and still sophisticated with the injection of, if not actual colour, some warm neutrals.
Staying with natural wood, but this time adding in some soft blush pink in the form of these fabulous vintage chairs belonging to Kyla at the wonderful House of Hipsters. She has now changed the table but for me it this picture is all about those chairs and this colour combination that just always works. Nick’s room above is the more masculine version but imagine a couple of pale pink cushions on his sofa and it’s similar feel.
In this kitchen above, the open plan space has been carefully zoned by keeping the colour palette very neutral but using different materials to change the feel between the areas. So the kitchen is all white with lots of tiles and then the vintage wooden table, wishbone chairs and Persian rug bring a warmth and softness to the eating area.
The kitchen below, by Nordiska Kök, might be the one that persuades me to redo mine (in about ten years). The Mad Husband has long desired a wooden kitchen but he was thinking ply, which has never really appealed to me – or perhaps it is just this Victorian house. Then I saw these dark oak cupboards. The walls are a very pale grey but look how the wood, brass and black accents bring the whole space to life. This is how to do grey in 2019.
Now, enough of all those restrained calming colour palettes, worrabout this? Just as I wouldn’t change my kitchen unless it was for something like the one above, so I thought I would never fall out of love with my spotty stair runner until I saw this. And I don’t even subscribe to the current leopard mania, but this, this I could go for. It’s from a project by the Hollywood design team Woodson & Rummerfield, and I suspect (unless anyone can find out otherwise) that it was specially commissioned for this house but isn’t it fun? It works because everything around it is relatively restrained so there’s no fight. I wouldn’t haven’t tiled floors like that in the UK, but this is in Hollywood so all bets are off. Imagine simple wooden floorboards and a bannister that wasn’t made from lucite.
And while we’re doing colour what about this fabulous pink and orange dining room by Kim from Desire to Inspire? And you can see how much better this room looks with that pale pink ceiling instead of a standard white one. It picks up on the rug below the table and casts a pretty rosy glow over everything.
Staying with Kim’s house and that room leads out to this hall below. She has wonderful panelling but you could just as easily paint the walls and woodwork like this and then add your choice of wallpaper above. The white ceiling ties into the floor tiles, and stops it being too dark and the pendant light fitting is also a perfect reflection of the floor.
So the question is …. which way are we going this week? Restful neutrals or punchy colour? I suspect that happiness likes in a mix of the two. Thoughts below….