Striking, vibrant, feminine
Chrome, crystal, lacquered and gloss finishes, decorative metal work
You normally associate this shade of pink with a child’s room. This is a perfect example of when you take a colour out of context then introduce it into a different environment, you can reinvent it. There is no subtle graduation between any of the colours with the canary yellow upholstered Platner chairs popping off the pink wall and the black table. How many times can you see circles appearing in this room? There are five – chairs, ceiling light, mirror, vase and the shape of the flower arrangement. The large rectangular table sits in the middle with decorative details located on the wall and the floor. It’s a simple, considered, eclectic interior that has been well designed.
The backbone of this scheme is the deep pink wall, which takes 40% of the scheme. Don’t freak when you see the pink I’ve specified, as it’s strong. If you were to use a lighter pink then pair it with the yellow it would turn into a child’s bedroom. It’s the depth and contrast of these specific colours that creates the drama. As I’ve mentioned previously, to add depth to the room bring the wall colour further into the room as this room has done by placing pink flowers on the table. See tip below re flowers.
Consuming 25% is white, which appears in the ceiling, the skirting board and the ornate rug. Using white in the rug keeps the colour scheme at a bare minimum and retains the focus on the other elements within the room. It also lightens the floor, which is black.
Collectively black equals 11% of the colour scheme. A majority of the black floor has been covered by the swirly (technical term!) rug. The colours of the large-scale pattern ties the floor and the ceiling together. The gloss finish of the table is an important detail as it reflects the light where as the wall and rug absorbs it. This helps separate the finishes and stops the various black items blending into one. Just as the pink flowers connect the back of the room to the middle, the round convex black mirror connects the middle to the back of the room making it feel larger than it is. This all ensures balance.
15% chrome finish has been used for the light fixtures as well as the chairs. The open rail design of the chairs gives a visual breathing space allowing you to look through them to the background. In all its uses, the chrome shimmers against the flat wall and the glossy table and adds a touch of bling.
The 6% canary yellow in the upholstered chairs is like a sweet and sour sauce. It adds sharpness and stops the pink from coming across as sweet.
Glass and crystal add a further 2%. More of a material than colour really, which is deliberate, I would assume, as this scheme wants the pink and the yellow to dominate.
They are transparent and reflective and add texture to the overall design, they are physically there but don’t demand attention visually.
1% of brass appears in the vase and the pair of candlesticks. The light rebounds off the vase which injects interest and it‘s yellowness ties it back to the yellow in the chairs.
TIP: The shape of your flower arrangement can play a vital part in completing the design of a room. The arrangement in this image is full and round; it’s a perfect contrast to the large rectangular table and echos the roundness of the chairs. The arrangement should counterbalance what it sits on.
TIP: Painting the skirting board a contrasting colour may visually divide the room. An alternative is to paint them the same colour and finish as the wall; this would lengthen and elongate the room.
*The colour on screen is not a true representation of actual colour