Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog
Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog

Tag Archives: how to decorate with colour

Atlas-sofa-Multiyork-1 Happy New Year! I’m starting 2016 with an interiors post.

Every year, I spend the Christmas holidays decluttering. Do you do that too? It’s my way of announcing a fresh start.

Once I finish, I get that urge to redecorate, to create a new look in my home.

Maybe it’s just my desire to say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring.

I have decided on 3 colourful interiors trends for a home makeover, with 3 mood boards.

For the envisaged change, I have used the blue and grey Multiyork sofas.

My first mood board is all about the mixing of modern clean lines with period features in a home. Imagine the above as an open plan living space. Do you like it?

I’ve picked my favourite light aqua shade (think Tiffany&Co), mixed with bubblegum pinks set against a neutral backdrop.

I’ve chosen the Atlas sofa in Rose Aqua. Its upright posture,contoured silhouette and tufted back makes it the perfect fit for a combined period with modern look.

( Image source: Blue Kitchen from Tvis via Lamu Slenis / Pink books by Calhoun book store / White panelling and Caravaggio lamp image from Skandium )
Multiyork-grey-1 My second mood board is all about colour blocking.

After all, mixing and mismatching colours are big this season.

I think when colour blocking a room, it’s best to keep the larger pieces of furniture in a neutral tone. The bright accent colours can come from the decorative accessories, soft furnishings or smaller pieces of furniture, such as that red swivel chair in the photo above.

I’ve chosen this sumptuous grey blue Dunwich sofa, in Athena Sky fabric. It’s the perfect greyish neutral tone, against which brights will pop.

Other ways of introducing blocks of colour, could include painting a corner wall or adding wall art.

( Image source: Bedroom via SF Girl by bay  home of Anne Sofie/ Colour block room from Est magazine  photo by Derek Swalwell).  Simple-living-style-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Last but not least, if you fancy starting the new year in a Zen like state, how about this look?

Bring the look of nature indoors to create that organic feel. Try fresh green succulents grouped in ceramic pots on a tray, or pebble brown blankets made of cotton and linen.

I like the shade of blue to create calm. In my mood board above, blue runs through the decor. From the striped tray holding the potted cacti, to the blue stripe across the pillow on the bed and the Cameron Nordic fabric of the Abbington sofa.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Has it spurred you on to think about redecorating for Spring?

Have a lovely, happy week.

( Image source: potted cacti from Sinnen Rausch  / bedroom from Diario design). 3-colourful-interiors-trends-for-a-home-makeover-Little-Big-Bell

(Collages and mood boards have been created by Little Big Bell,images credited as above and the images of sofas are from Multiyork. This is a collaboration with Multiyork. All opinions are my own.)

Camille-Walala-at-Aria-for-London-Design-Festival-2015-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell With all the rain in London last week, I thought I’d post something bright to give you all a mid-week cheer.

I was overseas for most of London Design festival this year, but I was so pleased to have at least caught this exhibition.

Introducing you to Aria’s London Design week 2015 presentation of Camille Walala’s work.

The exhibition was called ‘Walala In Da House’. Isn’t that exterior amazing? Camille-Walala-London-Design-festival-photo-by-Little-big-Bell Camille Walala is known for her tribal POP style, using vibrant colours and graphic prints.

Her work appears to be influenced by the Memphis movement.

The Memphis group was founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1981and they designed colourful furniture and decor inspired by the Art Deco and Pop Art eras. Camille-Walala-London-Design-festival-photo-by-Little-big-Bell It was great to get to photograph the exhibition up close.

Graphic squares on walls seem to be very on trend, I have noticed it popping up in various other design venues. I’m sure we will see more of it emerging come Spring/Summer. Camille-Walala-at-Aria-London-Design-Festival-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The bright pops of colour and patterns go so well together. Camille-Walala-London-Design-festival-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is inspiring me to paint the backs of my shelves in vibrant shades or even apply stripy wallpaper. Camille-Walala-graphic-Memphis-style-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Up close. Camille-Walala-at-Aria-for-London-Design-Festival-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was wonderful to get to see this classic Memphis designed ‘Tahiti’ lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Camille-Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is a simple way to inject a bit of Memphis style to your shelves. Wrap books in brightly coloured covers. Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mix and match bold patterns, stripes, swirls and splatter. These vases would be fun to create. Aria-shop-Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m loving this pink decanter and crystal cut glasses. Walala-lights-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell If colour is not your thing, Memphis style can still be achieved with monochrome shades of black and white. London-Design-Festival-2015-colour-at-Aria-Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I finish off with this pair of colourful shoes in Memphis style.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Would be great to create a bit of Memphis at home don’t you think? I think I may try, perhaps in a little shelf alcove, so watch this space.

Have a great day all. I will soon be back with lots of exciting gift and DIY ideas for Christmas.

For now, if you want to gift someone a piece of Walala style for Christmas, then Aria has a huge collection of homewares in that style available for sale.

( The shelving from the collection has been made by Dale Kirk and ceramics by CoBALTUM. The set and props have been styled by Julia Jomaa, the plants and fruit by Rosy Nicholas and the Memphis Milano by Hopper and Space.)

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).

Search the blog