Tessa Jones in How to Guides — 01.07.2020
Over the past few weeks, we have introduced you to a selection of our favourite colours from the new paint collection. However, once you've fallen in love with a shade, it's not always clear how you can incorporate it into your interiors. Paint can be a powerful tool for transforming the character and feel of a space, but the idea of filling a whole room with one colour can often feel a little daunting. Luckily there are lots of different and unique ways you can use paint to add a splash of colourful joy into your home, other than plastering it across all four walls. To help inspire you, we headed straight to our Interior Design Review book to gather some ideas from a selection of our favourite designers on how to harness the power of paint.
Photo: Mary Douglas-Drysdale
Photo: Ligia Casanova
Large, contemporary rooms offer plenty of space to play with big blocks of colour, sculpting unique features in minimalist style spaces. See how Gary Zeng creates drama in this sleek and modern monochromatic home with a bold block of red in the stairway, a similar punchy shade to Moroccan Souk. We also love this series of rooms designed by Yang Jun, each has its own daring colour palette creating a stunning visual effect as you look through all three spaces. From pale, stony grey to vibrant lilac and vivid turquoise the colours seem to simultaneously clash and compliment each other. This clashing technique is also used by Design Intervention who have gone for a bold combination of primary red as a background for this beautifully curved staircase in a sugary powder pink.
Photo: Daun Curry
Photo: Alexandr Yakimov and Alexandr Potemkin
Photo: Han Qingsong
Photo: Daun Curry
Photo: Heidrun Diekmann
Finally, a space that is often neglected when it comes to painted colour is the garden, but introducing bright tones can help to bring sunshine into your outside space even during winter months. Take inspiration from Matthew Williamson and these tomato red chairs which enhance the warmth of this sunny terrace and are complimented by the lush green door shutter mimicking the green of the climbing vines. To freshen up your space for summer we suggest using a gloss finish to paint antique, metal outdoor furniture, and don't be afraid to go for a vibrant hue such as Dutch Tulip, Carnival Headdress or Persian Lime. Alternatively you could use Scottish Heather or Nantucket Blue to follow in the footsteps of Denton House, and recreate this soft and calming blue backdrop for potted plants.
Photo: Matthew Williamson
Photo: Denton House