Rich Vintage Tones




Colour Guide

Colour Scheme
Vintage, multi-coloured

Key Textures
Layering, mixing pattern, textures and materials, eclectic, painted finishes


You often see layering of texture and colour, but it’s the richness of these colours that I’m drawn to in this image.  This room feels ye olde worlde, which is not something I generally gravitate towards but I love the colour and textures and it makes me want to touch and inspect.

The busyness of the multi-coloured rug has been repeated on the day bed with layering of almost every odd cushion you can imagine. This together with the intense 54% solid lime gloss colour on the wall show the personality of the person you lives here.

The dark oak, reclaimed, timber floor is 25% of the room. With such a unique colour scheme I wouldn’t use anything else on the floor. Apart for a stripe rug, you could use a mid scaled floral pattern. This will not compete with the layering on the sofa or the interesting nic knacks you would most likely have around, or what I would call stylish, organised clutter (or what my 7yr calls junk!)

The 13% vintage pink of the day bed and the plain blue cushion in on the sofa settles the room and allows the rest of the room to be busy. This pink tone is a neutral base and allows the use of the various textures. Think if it as a hierarchy in colours: the green is dominant so the bed colour needs to be passive.

Almost anything goes here……… silk bows, knitted throws and cushions, velvet and quilted eiderdowns. Any odd cushions, new or old, will work in this room.

Breaking down the wall colour into panelled sections allows you to visually digest the impressive wall colour. This timber beading (or batons) on the wall are painted a limewash grey; adding 10% to the overall scheme and lending depth and interest to the rich acid lime.

With all the colours going on in this room it’s the blue in the cushion (2%), that my eye is drawn to. You might be inclined to use all the colours in the rug as cushions or accents and this is fine but notice the red in the rug is nowhere else to be seen. By limiting the red to the rug it stops the room from feeling too coordinated. Not to mention, red is a colour that dominates the eye.

On the wall a vintage oil painting of flowers that adds yet another layer of texture to the interior. The remaining 2% of colour is made up by the  modern transparent grey table lamp on the window sill to the cushions in mint and aubergine… and the gold gilt frame on the opposite side just whispers ‘something-old something new’ to me.


TIP: The lime coloured walls would be hard to carry off in a light filled room, so I would suggest you keep this to a room with smallish windows like a guest, TV room or library (should you have the space).

TIP: To highlight an accent colour in the room place it in a position that as you enter the room, it’s one of the first things you see. For example, on a sofa, place it on the far corner so the whole front of the cushion faces you. If you entered with the cushion back to you  you see less of it, which in turn has less impact on the overall scheme.

TIP: Use visually solid furniture (i.e., not wrought iron), to keep a wall colour such as this from over powering pieces interior.
*The colour on screen is not a true representation of actual colour