Barbara Cartland


Colour guide

Colour scheme
Playful, confident, eclectic

Key Textures
Satin finishes, transparent and glossy plastics, leather, wool rugs


How brilliant is this room! The saturation of colour, the colour itself; and that every surface is painted.

This could be canary yellow or apple green and the same emotions would wash over you as you entered. It’s playful but not child-like. The room is not contrived or predictable.

Not sure where to start dissecting this room but I’m feeling the ceiling would be a good place. You might be naturally inclined to paint the ceiling a different colour to the walls (most likely white). But, imagine for a moment if it was……the white would shorten the walls, your eyes would naturally stop where the pink meets the white and the light from the windows would bounce off the ceiling, changing the whole feel of the room into a child like space as opposed to an interior that says ‘I’m colour confident’.

Painting 60% of the room in one colour across all surfaces is one way to either focus or hide features within a room. When light-natural or artificial-washes over the architectural plaster detailing, it adds depth and another dimension to the wall. You cant help but study the plaster detailing. But using continuous colour in a space can also hide information, such as, the radiator covers under the window ( a European thing) or (if you can) notice, the pipe work in the left corner that runs up and along the ceiling.

The pale unwaxed floor takes up 30% of the space and happily sits there indifferent to the strong pink presents. It’s the perfect base. This is not a room for wall to wall carpet.

The colour palette itself is actually very basic with the furniture being used as the accent colours as opposed to the soft furnishings. The remaining 10% of colour bounces off the from the pink. The blue, red, yellow together with the touch of aubergine on the floor, all roughly used in the same proportion, sit calmly together without competing. Apart from adding texture, the fine framed tan leather sofa blends into the scheme and puts the emphasis back onto the intensely coloured pieces.

The 0.5% white the 0.5% of transparent items-the coffee tables-play a subtle and important part in the overall scheme. The room doesn’t need another colour so using white, a non or neutral colour, or transparent furniture doesn’t detract from the overall colour palette.


TIP: Painting the ceiling and walls the same colour works best when you have architectural detail to break the flat colour.

TIP: The key to pulling off this interior is authenticity. Whether you have or need to add architectural details such as beading work or ceiling roses, I would advise you use a solid timber floor, not a laminated ‘floating floor’ for two reason. First, it will look cheap paired with the plaster detailing, and secondly, the noise; even with the best underlay, laminated flooring will sound tinny underfoot compared to the sound of thick, solid wood.

TIP: A colour this intense relies on more wall surface area the window for the reason I explained about light-to much natural light would make the room glow. You’d be reaching for your red wayfarers.


*The colour on screen is not a true representation of actual colour

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