I went out on a job last week. A proper get up early to be on set, fill the cab with props sort of job. It was styling two room sets for a brand (more of which I can tell you about next week) but one of the key elements of the rooms were the colours they had been decorated in. There were three of us taking part in the campaign which was led by the colour expert Karen Haller, whose work I have featured on these pages before and who interviewed me about my colour preferences at the start of the year.
The main thing I remember during that interview is telling her how much I dislike yellow. And then, or course as regular readers will know, I spent most of the last lockdown fantasising about painting my kitchen that very colour. Well it doesn’t take Freud (although Karen is a colour psychologist) to work out why I might have been drawn to the colour of the sun after six months indoors.
But the colours and motifs of nature are behind today’s post as well. My current favourite is green and I wonder if months inside have led to the resurgence in popularity of the designs of William Morris. His work was already coming back into prominence but it feels so right for now I wonder if it has been speeded up? Above is his classic blackthorn in the home of Laura @nofeaturewalls who has used it wrap her bedroom.
The designer Ben Pentreath has worked with Morris & Co (early signers of the Design for Diversity pledge) to recolour some of the Arts & Crafts designs for 2020. Blackthorn, seen above, was designed in 1892 by J.H. Dearle and you can see Ben’s new colour on the Willow Bough Curtain above. He first saw this colourway on a friend’s sofa in Italy and discovered that it had once been created as fabric but never as wallpaper. He has now brought back the fabric and added the wallpaper to the range.
Or what about this gorgeous desk area by M Interiors for the Kips Bay Dallas showhouse. This is probably the closest you can get to working in a garden and studies have found that looking at plants calms the mind, although I don’t know if it’s the same for pictures of plants. What I love here too, is the matching ceiling and skirting board. You know I would always say don’t use white, but a more conventional choice might have been to use a soft cream – like the lampshades – instead she has used a soft blue that both tones and contrasts.
Bookending these collections of wallpapers are two rooms with bold block colours. The top a bathroom by Beata Heuman who has contrasted her candy pink walls with a rich emerald green sink skirt (they’re coming) and above Karen Anita who has upcycled a cabinet in a bold yellow in her pink bathroom. It’s a tough call if I prefer pink and yellow or pink and green. I have the latter in my house (albeit significantly less bold) and love it although part of me adores the pink and yellow but feels it might be too much. Another few months of lockdown and I may be back to loving all things yellow.
What do you think? Have your colour preferences changed over the last few months? Has there been a gradual pull towards more floral or outdoorsy themes?