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19 Jun

Livingetc house tour with Arlo and Jacob – A colourful home.


North-London-colourful-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Last week, I was invited by Arlo and Jacob , a cool new brand that sells and specialises in sofas, to the North London house tours. The tour was curated by one of my favourite design magazines, Living etc.

We visited 7 homes in total. This is the home of photographer Debi Treloar, one of my favourites.

Recently, I was also invited to a Colour and Pattern talk by Julia Begbie, the director of KLC School of Design , organised by the wonderful team behind the Interiors blog awards at Amara. 

So this was the perfect opportunity to analyse how this house has been decorated.

A striking feature was the use of accent colour. There were three predominant accent colours – Teal, pinks and bright orange.

The Teal accent colour above can be found in the metal chairs and arched wall.

Patchwork-wall-paper-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love how colour and pattern has been added to this room by the wallpaper patchwork.

Livingetc-house-tour-with-Arlo-and-Jacob-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Complementary colours, the two colours that are opposite each other on a colour wheel, create maximum contrast but coexist well.

Red and green are complementary colours whose palette can be expanded by incorporating white to create tints, grey to create tones or black to create shades.

The photo above demonstrates that varying saturations of pinks (tints of red) worked well with different intensities of green tones. Window-seat-London-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This bay window space is positively dreamy yet multifunctional, with its combined seating and storage. 
London-home-tour-colourful-stylist-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Love how textures add visual interest to this corner. Pnk-walls-and-teal-house-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The pink and Teal look great together.  Painted-stairs-blue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Isn’t geometrics just great when combined with colour?

I need to reproduce that monochromic strip of blue running up the stairs.

Such a bright and cheerful focal point at the entryway. Floral-mantlepiece-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Vases of differing heights and colours were filled with fragrant blooms.

Such a great idea to spread the individual stems out in different vases than bunched up on a narrow shelf. Floral-display-wall-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell So pretty, House-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell when viewed from all angles. Colourful-dining-room-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mismatched, painted vintage chairs here add eclectic charm.

The two accent colours of bright pink and orange would probably clash and cause too much visual noise.

I think the way they have been separated by the white table and powder blue chairs work really well.
Living-etc-house-tours-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I like the idea of the bench on the opposite side of the dining table as a counterbalance, to stop the table being over engulfed by colourful chairs. Colourful-outdoor-space-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a sweet outdoor space. Accent-colours-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The orange and blue works so well together.
Livingetc-house-tours-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell When coming in from the outdoor space, the orange accent colour of the chair and mirror frame really draws one’s eyes towards the living room space.

Colourful-eclectic-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a cosy area. Livingetc-house-tours-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The Teal continues. Livingetc-house-tour-North_London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The embroidery on the cushions matches the palette of pinks, orange, blues and greens. Upcycled-painted-sideboard-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell An up cycled cabinet in blue. The decorative accessories in the same accent colours of orange and pink. Kitchen-DIY-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More upcycling. Such a great idea to use these wooden frames as kitchen storage. Livingetc-house-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Shelf details. Colourful-lantern-to-decorate-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A colourful lantern sits alongside the wooden shelves. Livingetc-house-tours-2015-colourful-kitchen-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What a joy to do the washing up here with that burst of colour against the wall.

Colourful-storage-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A shelf to match. Pretty-flowers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell  That concludes the tour. Hope you have enjoyed the colourful house. Wishing you all a happy weekend.

( All PHOTOGRAPHY are by Geraldine Tan of LITTLE BIG BELL).

  1. Beautiful pictures from your home tours, love the bright pops of colours and the eclectic mix of vintage and new. Love the shots of the flowers grouped together on the shelf, thanks for sharing!

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