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A most flattering colour

Hi and welcome to my first blog piece! EEK! I’m exciting to finally be doing it (!) and sharing with you my musings on colour, how to use and it and how it affects interiors. Anyone who knows me is aware of how much of a colour fan I am, particularly of dirty pastels!

It may sound obvious but interiors are (or should be) about people, making them feel and look good. As Deborah Needleman, the founder of Domino Magazine puts it “The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have.” I think she might be right there.

Anyhow, first up I’m going to talk about a colour which flatters pretty much everyone. You know those days when you wear a particular colour and receive lots of complements about how good it looks on you? The same principle applies to the colour you choose for your walls. They should lift you up and make you feel your best self. Not everyone considers how much their choice of wall colour will suit them but it's a game changer when you do.

Soft pinks suit a wide range of people as well as being an incredibly useful set of colours.

They cast a flattering glow on just about everyone. If you have cool undertones, look for a paler cooler pink while those with warm undertones can use richer peachier shades.

Cool bluish pinks have been used for centuries, particularly indoors, partly because the colour appears much cleaner and fresher than could be expected from an earthy colour and the tints don’t look too sugary. These tones change according to the lighting due to their blue undertones. They’re a lovely choice for a dining or living room, being flattering for cool skin tones and great with a big wooden table.

When we renovated our house a couple of years ago, we decided to preserve the skimmed plaster walls in the loft bedroom with a hardener. The muted colour and texture seemed too lovely to cover up. I must admit it’s lovely to wake up to and with the variation in tones looks more moody at night. Try Setting Plaster by Farrow and Ball or Temple by Paint and Paper library, which give stability and are very relaxing. Consider them almost a neutral and it seems easier to use (or convince non pink lovers). Indeed these brownish pinks, being closer to the colours of the earth make a space rooms feel at once comfortable and grounded.

If you want to make more of a statement, a shade of peach or coral is chic, cosy and incredibly flattering. The fab Emily Murray of Pink House living has opted for a really joyful of colour in her living room, Ida from The PaintHouse. I could hang out in there all day. the warm tone just makes for such a relaxing vibe.

The family room of Emily Murray of Pink House Living painted in Ida by Paint House

Happily, pinks in interiors have become more and more prevalent over the last few years. Although there are still feminine associations with the colour. For instance, many men will happily wear a pink shirt but they might be much more wary of using a similar shade on a wall. Try to strip away the sugary associations and consider the effects of using pink in a room; soothing, soft and flattering. It’s also easily combined with other colours. Counteract the feminine feel with serious tones of grey, navy, mustard and forest green.

Confetti by Little Greene

There is a pink thread connecting all the rooms in our house. Our kitchen cupboards in Calamine by Farrow and Ball are a lovely alternative to white or grey. It really is soothing a colour to live with. It makes everyone look and feel good. Think pink and (you and) your interior will assume a lovely rosy glow.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you found this insightful. Please feel free to ask any questions you have about colour!

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