Two Summer Colours to Keep

As I sit here at 55 latitude, I have to report that summer has definitely vanished. The shops are filling up with heavy textiles and the colour palettes are rapidly changing.

However, it is still August, so I thought I would pin up some summery palettes and interestingly each image contains one colour that is going to hang on well into Winter 2011.

Sulphurous yellow is likely to be a key micro colour this winter. Used for details to lift a moody room, or on the catwalk to make fun of  grown up tailoring, its presence even on very small areas will be felt.

Inky midnight blue is another colour I think we will see but this time on larger areas. Not a conventional navy, more a bruised navy heading towards off-black. A great backdrop for artwork and a colour that can easily add sophisticated drama to an interior. Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue fits the bill but if you are looking for less saturation, Paint & Paper Library’s Blue Blood is a stylish “easy on the eyes” blue. Little Greene’s Juniper Ash  a hazy airforce blue-grey  would be a softer choice while Valtti “St.Peter’s Boat” a powerful blue-black would create an interesting feature wall.

Put the two colours together and you have a great combination – perhaps it’s not so bad we are marching towards Autumn……

In Search of a Traditional Colour Palette

Most of the colour consultancy projects I work on tend to be at the contemporary end of the spectrum – often commercial clients looking for a sharp colour for their reception to reflect their fresh and cutting edge businesses. However, I am currently involved in a traditional project and have been looking at an entirely different colour spectrum to usual. Searching for softer broken hues was more challenging for me so I needed to find something old to seek inspiration.

One step into this disused potting shed with its earthy smells and ancient garden equipment transported me straight into the “zone”. I  decided to take a palette directly from the scene in front of me only to discover the colours look like they are straight from Farrow & Ball….