Say it with colour: Brown

Every Friday, I’m sharing with you my learnings about colours, how they affect our psyche, and how we can create and often improve our surroundings using certain colours.

brown colourThe colour BROWN is frequently associated with nature and trees (just like green), so it can be perceived as down-to-earth colour signifying stability and support.

Brown is neutral just like grey, so it’s useful in balancing stronger colours. Its non-offensiveness is loved by estate agents who insist that sticking to a neutral palette (think beige…) will attract new buyers.

The colour brown is not the most exciting of colours; perhaps slightly on a boring side, but at the same time it’s homely, reassuring and comforting.

brown decor collage

1. Traditional rustic sitting room (brown goes well with wood and vintage finds).

2. The brown armchair and ottoman are my favourite here. This space is absolutely charming thanks to the antiques and the warm colour palette.

3. Modern rustic living space I adore. The exposed brickwall, vintage globes in one corner, and a mix of contemporary and vintage furniture make this living room special.

What do you think of brown? Is it your colour or not?

Have a lovely weekend.

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Image source: Country Living and Home Adore

Say it with colour: Purple

It’s Good Friday today, so the end of Lent is coming soon (I can’t wait to eat chocolate again).

Purple colour

The colour frequently associated with this time of year is PURPLE. It can be associated with mourning, but also with royalty (the crucifixion but also Christ’s resurrection).

The colour purple stimulates our imagination and enhances our spirituality. It can be as strong and full of energy as red, but it also benefits from serenity of blue.

The meaning of purple most often refers to nobility, abundance, dignity but also fantasy. Too much of the colour purple can promote or aggravate depression in some, so use it with care.

Purple collage

1. The colour purple can create an impression of luxury, wealth and extravagance. This room has been designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s Los Angeles home.

2. This room is super romantic, magical and mysterious. I’m ready for daydreaming now…

3. The combination of blue and purple/violet works well in this eclectic and full of character room.

Do you like purple? Which colours does purple look good with?

Image source: Brunch at Saks, Heartfire at Home and UKTV

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Say it with colour: Grey

It’s Friday! Hurray!

Time for GREY (haha I’m in a mood for some rhyming).

grey colour

Grey, unfortunately, is mainly associated with doom and gloom and sadness but also, on a good note, with modesty and sophistication.

As a combination of black and white, grey is neutral and as such acts as the perfect background colour.  Mixed with any colour (I love grey and yellow or grey and pink), will lose its negative associations.

As you know there are many shades of grey…one might say at least fifty:).

Grey collage

1. This shower room is pure sophistication, and very masculine.
2. Grey can bring a homely feel when combined with soft furnishings and vintage accessories.
3. This room is elegant and modern. Grey allows us to see well all the period features. I love how grey makes this space calm and relaxing.

Which shade of grey is your favourite?

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Image source: Japanese Trash, Housetohome and Dezeen

Say it with colour: Orange

Every Friday I tell you about a new colour and its associations. This time is ORANGE.

orange colour

Orange represents happiness and sunshine (just like yellow), and, thanks to the influence of red, it’s got the energy and drive.

It’s definitely one of the most positive colours we can expose ourselves to. It makes us spontaneous, enthusiastic and sociable.

It gives us hope…the future is bright! And it keeps us warm.

However, in interiors, orange is a difficult colour to get it right. It took me much longer than usually to find the images I was actually drawn to.

Orange collage

1. Orange, similarly to red, is likely to increase our appetite, so it’s a good idea to use it in a kitchen. Mixing it with white, tones it down. It’s not overpowering anymore.

2. I love these two orange chairs. It’s a great idea to combine orange (warm), green (fresh) and yellow (happy) in one space. Imagine having breakfast there… hold that thought:))

3. Va va voom bedroom, I would say. Very brave!

What do you think of orange?What impact does orange have on you?

Have a lovely weekend!

Image source: Housetohome, Styleathome and Shelterness

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Say it with colour: Pink

I know I missed a week, but with the new bathroom transformations taking longer than expected (I should get used to it)…Apologies for the delay.

This week let’s look at the world through rose-tinted glasses.

pink colour

PINK, it’s my new obsession

PINK, it’s not even a question,

PINK, on the lips of your lover

‘Cause PINK is the love you discover’

The colour pink is comforting, delicate (esp. lighter shades) and optimistic. As a mix of two colours red and white, it inherits the qualities of both: passion and power of red and openness and clarity of white.

It represents the feminine principle, so it’s nurturing and physically soothing. Too much pink, however, might be emotionally draining, and, to some extent, emasculating.

Pink interior collage

1. I love the combination of pink and black in this living room inspired by the culture of India.

2. Pre-teen bedroom doesn’t have to be too girlish and immature. The combination of pink, orange and red with the white walls makes this bedroom highly appealing to a young lady.

3. White bedroom with pink accessories looks relaxing and comfortable.

What do you think of pink? Do you like it? Which colours do you think pink goes best with?

Have a lovely weekend!

Image source: India-Inspirit, HouzzMyLusciousLife,

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Say it with colour: Black

Apologies for a slight delay today. I had a day off to go to Tate Modern to see Roy Lichtenstein’s exhibition (pop artists do love colour). But back to BLACK…

black colour

Black absorbs all colours, and leaves us in the dark. I must admit I find black colour depressing and cold. However, I recognise its power as one of the most glamorous colours. Used right in interiors can create extremely sophisticated space.

Too much black though might be emotionally overwhelming. If you are generally pessimistic, try to avoid black.

Black interior collage

1. Industrial and black living space…super chic. The black bookshelf, pendant lights and, my favourite, the black Chesterfield sofa make this room extremely glamorous.

2. Black and gold combination works for me. This stunning gold mirror stands out even more on a black background.

3. Black and white interior is perfect if you are after a stylish office giving an impression of authority and power.

What do you think of black colour? Are you brave enough to use it?

Have a lovely weekend Everyone!

Image source: Murray Mitchell, Akzibi and PTagler

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Say it with colour: White

Is white a colour, one might ask. Some might say white is a lack of colour.

White colour

WHITE represents purity, innocence and new beginnings (white wedding dress).

It’s bright therefore creates an illusion of spaciousness. It might be perceived as sterile, so tends to be used in places expected to be clean (hospitals and doctors love it).

In my opinion, white is like the blank canvass you can put your stamp on. White combined with any other colour or different textures and materials like wood, can transform a cold and bland interior into a calm and inviting space.

White collage

1. Scandinavians are the best at using white. This Copenhagen’s living room feels huge but homely at the same time thanks to combining white with natural textiles and contrasting it with wooden floor and few furniture pieces. Simple and functional. (Read more about Scandinavian style on Interior Novice’s blog)

2. White and grey/metallic are great together. Remember, there are many shades of white.

3. White is perfect for bathrooms. This place looks clean and tidy thanks to clever storage. Hyacinth or rattan storage boxes look beautiful on a white background in general.

What do you think? Do you use white a lot? Is Scandi style your cup of tea?

Image source: Wabi SabiLovingit, Style Files

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