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Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere

By definition, inspiration is a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something.

Don’t you love being inspired by something that you glimpse quickly but has a profound effect on your imagination? If you are searching for fresh ideas for decorating or renovating, look beyond the obvious sources.

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That impetus could be from a floral display you see at a wedding or other reception that defines a neutral palette and serene atmosphere for a room. It could be realised in quality artificial flowers or the form itself could motivate you to create a similar cascading effect in a room divider, shower screen, window treatment or curtains.

Sometimes the juxtaposition of two colours will surprise you and their unique combination will become the source for a whole new adventure in colour schemes.

Inspiring colour combos can come from nature, a scene on TV (such as the Countess of Grantham’s room in Downton Abbey) or two small dots of oil paint on a canvas at the art gallery.  Some of the best colour artists were Edouard Vuillard and Odilon Redon. They can be described as artist’s artists for their amazing use of colour. Look below to see some brilliant examples.

The outrageous colours used by Vuillard on the left and by Redon in the centre work beautifully together within each painting and offer some superb hues to experiment with. Sometimes the shapes and textures may be the motivation. The abstract by Barns-Graham could be reinvented as a floor plan for a room or garden or it could be used to represent the proportions for the decoration of a feature wall.

'Boulevard-of-Batignolles', Edouard Vuillard, 'Sunset', Odilon Redon and an abstract by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
‘Boulevard-of-Batignolles’, Edouard Vuillard, ‘Sunset’, Odilon Redon and an abstract by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

 

 

 

 

I’m Redecorating. What Colour Should I Choose?

Every colour has a psychological value and a particular association for each individual. Colour is a powerful decorating tool that can change the perceived shape and size of furnishings and the actual room itself.
A good tip is to start by choosing the furniture, rug and other elements that aren’t available in as many colours as the wall paint. Think about the primary function of the room. Colours can be described as active, passive or neutral. Light colours can make a room seem larger and brighter while dark colours can create more intimacy.

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It is very much a choice for the individual but here are some general colour associations:

RED – dramatic
YELLOW – cheerful
ORANGE – energetic
BLUE – calm
GREEN – fresh, restful
PURPLE – rich
BROWN – comfort
PINK – romantic

Warm tones – red, yellow, orange, brown and beige – can look great in the living room and entrance hall.
Cool tones – blue, purple and green – can be a perfect choice for the bedroom and bathroom.
Accents in black, grey, cream or white highlight your stronger colour choices.