Palettes

Colours that inspire me, to inspire you

Blue and green should be seen

Blue and green should never be seen without a colour in between…. I know, that old saying rings out in my head when I see this colour palette… but these colours together are so sultry, sleek and evoke a deep sense of relaxation. I’m obsessed.blue and green paletteI love the way these rooms mix the dark blues, teals and greens with the lighter hues coming from marble, timber and woven rugs. It paints a mood of relaxed reading on the couch, chatting over cups of french earl grey tea and watching your favourite movie on a rainy day.

Metallics, whether gold or silver, are key in making this palette glam. But if glam is not your thing, timbers and other matte colours give this palette a modest feel. Plants also compliment these rooms, especially ones with lime green foliage which gives respite from the darkness.

This palette lends itself to old world glamour and Hollywood regency styles. Be brave, and lavish your room with eclectic finds. Go and get those old paintings out and feature them! If you don’t own any, pop over to vinnies and buy some large framed paintings in similar colours and spray the frames navy, black or gold. This will tie the artworks together no matter frame they have.

The thing I love most about these rich colours is they ensure big sculptural velvet couches and arm chairs have a place, as well as the display of many beautiful things. I just want to jump into these photos and snuggle!

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Colour palette à la Hannah

So I was super inspired and quite obsessed with Hannah’s apartment last week I decided to dedicate a colour palette to her! Congrats Hannah, you’ve made Stylelingual history. The colours I’ve run with are her gelato hues of pink, peach, orange and yellow with the neutral of grey. Because grey is the new beige.

hannah paletteThe pinks and peaches are soft and dreamy while the yellow and orange punch through to stop it from becoming too sickly sweet. I know I bang on about bringing colour in through accessories and Hannah’s place is such a great example of it.

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Pick out colours from artworks and other investment pieces like a floor rug. She has cleverly brought out the colour through the cushions on her couch. When she is ready to move on she can simply swap them out to another colour without turning her whole living room upside down.

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And she strikes again in her lovely bedroom carrying through that same palette, with natural whites, creams and blacks to balance it out.

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These colours look fab in Hannah’s eclectic apartment but they also lend themselves to a scandi and contemporary styles. Just use hints of the colours, you don’t have to go all out. If you want to add in another colour teal works in so well. And yes, I didn’t include a metallic in my colour palette (gasp) but copper and gold works in really well with these colours as it picks up those warm golden and peachy pink hues.

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Marble Chic

If I was renovating a house right now (oh I wish, boo Sydney prices) this would be the colour palette of my kitchen/bathroom. I just love its simplicity.Chic PaletteYou really can’t go wrong with black and white. White walls with black trim is so sexy. And white marble, so opulent, so soothing and so hot right now. The mint and copper can be interchanged with colours like blush pink, charcoal and blue; with metals like bronze, gold or silver. But let’s be honest mint is the best colour in the world and copper is still the hottest metal out at the moment. And just before you say, “I only see copper in expensive stores” pop into target and oxfam who have amazing affordable copper ranges- even Myer has copper kitchenware at a good price! You may think this palette lends itself to a more opulent room, however looking at my pics below it can be contemporary, retro, country and eclectic. So basically, style it how you want to!

My tips would be:

1. Use the white for walls and other expanses e.g. cabinetry and floors.

2. Use the black sparingly. Think appliances, tapware, stools, trims, window frames, an accessory here and there.

3. Let the copper shine. Use it as your wow piece. You can get cheapies and dot them around the place. But I encourage you to splash out on certain copper feature pieces like a light pendant or piping to hang utensils on.

4. The marble can/should be a splash back but that is a MAJOR investment. There are plenty of small white marble objects you can buy from Country Road and Marble Basics. Check them out!

5. Use the mint green (or the other colour you choose) as you want. However this is the only major colour in the room. You can go minimal, or just go for it. Its up to you! Use it in accessories, soft furnishings, cabinetry and flowers. I heart flowers.

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I’ve got the blues… in a good way

My palette this week centres around the colour blue. Its such a universally accepted colour. Everyone likes blue. It’s the sky, the ocean and blueberry flavoured lollies… my favourite. It’s calming, natural and can be both masculine and feminine at the same time.

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I have chosen a nice mid blue to centre my palette. Its strong, but not dark. Its uplifting, but calming. I would use it sparing around the room, in special pieces. I have chosen a grey-white for the walls to accompany this blue, it’s a warm white that will brighten up the room and bring warmth. Next is the the other it neutral colour of the moment, charcoal. I have chosen a mid grey, that also has warm tones. It will work back with the blue. Use this as a base colour for sheets, couches, carpet, cushions and throws. I have thrown in acid yellow as an unexpected pop. Blue and acid yellow work so well together. It’s the modern version of the golden yellow and blue interiors we saw from the 90’s. It will uplift the room and give it life, but use it sparing! Only one or two accessories please. To bring this look together, I would use blonde timber. Again it is warm, it brings in a natural element and works so well with blue.

The reason I keep banging on about warmth is because grey, blue and white can be quite clinical if chosen poorly. You will be left with a room that is cold and uninviting. Remember to play with textures as well. Have fun with this! Bring in a chunky knit throw and different fabrics through furniture and cushions. It will make the room much more interesting!

Shannon and Simon hit the nail on the head with this look in their main bedroom on The Block. You can see the mix of textures making the room interesting. Sheer curtains, a knit throw, plush carpet, timber accents, fabric furniture, copper pendant lights, and of course a bit of greenery. And all of the colours that were chosen are warm. This room certainly doesn’t feel cold to me… I would be happy to move in asap. Onya boys.

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Monochromatic Madness

This weeks palette is brought to you by the hottest look right now (or the coolest). Monochromatic: whites, greys, blacks and natural textures. This is a look that evokes relaxation and even though the palette seems stark and lifeless it’s the natural textures that bring it to life. If you are scared of colour, this is for you!

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We want to keep this room light and airy so don’t be heavy handed with the black. I would use the blacks through accessorising, like a bedside lamp, or through the artwork. The greys would also come through the soft furnishings, think soft Mongolian wool cushions mixed with linen cushions and a chunky knit throw. As there is no colour to warm the room its best to keep the white warm and creamy  to make the space feel cosy. And then go mental on natural homewares, they will make your space unique and interesting. Add life to the room using plants, get some cute succulents or bring in a fiddle leaf fig tree.

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This colour palette is cool, airy and fresh in summer while still being cosy and warm in winter. And it’s easy to add a soft muted colour or two if your heart desires!