Colour by Combo
A look at some of this year’s hottest colours, and different ways to work them
A nod to the retro design mood of the moment (the ’70s in particular are getting a lot of airtime), terracotta is warm and grounding. Almost a neutral in its earthiness, it is remarkably versatile and pairs well with various other colours.
01 WITH GREY
Choosing a strong colour needn’t mean committing a whole room to it. This wall panel half-painted in deep terracotta by UK paint company Little Greene (littlegreene.eu) offers the impact and interest the room needs, without detracting from the warmth and lightness the pale-grey sections offer.
02 WITH TURQUOISE
It’s basic colour science that to make shades pop, you pair them with their opposite on the colour wheel – which is the reason that the combination of terracotta and turquoise by Annie Sloan (anniesloansa. co.za) is so effective in creating this moodlifting rustic Mediterranean feel.
03 WITH BLACK
This use of a piece of black furniture by Ferm Living (fermliving.com) against a terracotta background gives a defined and dramatic feel, and the addition of metallic objects add to the Axel Vervoordt-esque palette.
04 WITH TERRACOTTA
Layering shades of the same colour creates a cocooning effect that’s surprisingly understated. But it’s the different textures that break up the density – the wall panelling and Casamance wallcovering from Hertex (hertex.co.za) allow breathing room despite the overdose of colour.
Ultra Violet, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, has ignited a renewed appreciation of all hues of purple. There’s no doubt it packs a punch visually – the strong end of the spectrum is a big commitment in terms of decor, whereas lilac is more low-key and easier to live with.
01 WITH BROWN
Heart Wood, the Dulux Colour of the Year 2018 (dulux.co.za), is a mauve shade that works with many colours to create different effects. Here, it’s been used with wooden kitchen cabinetry, and it looks warm and welcoming.
02 WITH PINK
Partnering colours in the same family is a good way to achieve balance. This space featuring Romo Black Edition Herbaria fabrics from Romo South Africa (romosouthafrica.com) is as soft and feminine as they come. Lilac as the hero and candy pink as the understudy in this elegant space strike just the right note of sophistication. A slight variation on the same theme, the Eijffinger (eijffinger.com) scheme on the right is a brighter version of the same combination, with pink as the
primary hue and warmer plum decor accents.
Still a hot shade for interiors, despite it having been on the scene for a while, pink is feminine and
nurturing. If a blanket approach is too much, there are subtler ways to introduce it.
01 WITH NAVY
Pink is instantly more grown-up when teamed with navy blue. This smart living room featuring subtle Élitis fabrics (stleger.co.za) and wallcoverings shows off a successful use of colour-blocking that gives the room depth.
02 WITH GREY
A strong blue-grey grounds the ultra-feminine shade of this pink by Little Greene (littlegreene.eu), without which it might have come across as slightly on the little-girl side of the spectrum, illustrating how powerful an effective combination can be in achieving a specific aesthetic.
03 WITH GREEN
Furniture offers a colour treatment with less surface area than a wall, and therefore less colour. This elegant roomset by Rose & Grey (roseandgrey.co.uk) teams up pink and emerald green – a tried- and-true combination, which is best enhanced by the addition of metallic accents.
Shades of green have been popular for a few seasons now (the Pantone 2017 Colour of the Year was Greenery), but they’re certainly not passé. Play with the entire spectrum – but note that mint and sage in particular are on trend.
01 WITH GREY
Always a timeless match-up, a green-and-grey combo is an understated way to make a space feel polished, seen used to exemplary effect in this Rose & Grey (roseandgrey.co.uk) scheme. Pay attention to the temperature of the tones of fabric and paint when you’re choosing colours – subtle
variations in shade can make the difference between satisfactory and show-stopping. Here, both are warm tones, and it works well.
02 WITH MINT
Deep green combined with pastel mint and creamy avocado shades from Little Greene (littlegreene.eu) create a cool, sanctuary-like effect in this minimal kitchen. Note how the darker green has been used as a framing and highlighting device.
03 WITH NAVY
This moody combination of navy and deep green by Ferm Living (fermliving.com) makes a dramatic statement, and is best suited to a small or contemplative space, like a study or cloakroom.
04 WITH NUDE
Introduce a note of freshness to a nude base by including crisp green accents. This peaceful room corner by Dulux (dulux.co.za) shows how effective even just a small decorative piece can be in creating depth through colour.
TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied