Kind Of Blue, And Green



Colour  Guide
Calm, neutral

Colour Scheme
Functional, Scandinavian, orderly, uncomplicated, uncluttered, simple lines

Key Textures
Concrete, leathers, linen, wood, steel, ceramic, polished chrome


There is something so calm about this room. The button leather sofa up against the blueish, greenish wall draws you in, begging you to sit and sip green tea slowly. The furniture may be square and upright, but its tactile and has open sides, giving a sense of space to breathe. I love random seats and tables like the red and polished metals that are left to float around the room.

White is predominantly the colour; taking up 42% of the overall room, but you don’t seem to notice as the solid tan leather sofa and armchairs dominant the room as they are the darkest pieces.

The 20% pale grey floor, looks to be concrete, and at a guess I would assume it’s been cut back and sealed to achieve the evenness of colour.

Effectively what is a feature wall, the 15% pale green sits subtly behind the sofa but you’ll notice, due to the scale, the distance from the window and the size of the window itself, light only hits a portion of it so the colour changes in different areas.

The tan of the leather seating is visually more dominantly but actually only takes up 12% of the scheme. To create interest and diversity, different upholstery treatments such as deep buttoning and weaving have been used.

The 5% natural colour shown in the curtains, seat cushions and rug also add texture to the space (and I would also imagine help sound proof the space).

Always try and have a touch of black in a scheme. It doesn’t have to be much but like the 3% black in this image, it keeps the room grounded.

Just as I have mentioned in the past, using materials with a reflective quality adds light to a space and the chrome lamp base and polished chrome round stool equal 2% and do just that.

Lastly, you have the punch of the warm red at 1%. Try and imagine if this was a flat or matt surface; the red would just sit there. But in this case being gloss, it adds a touch of fun. No need to go and buy a piece of furniture though, you can achieve the same affect but using a red gloss object like a vase or bowl perhaps. Reminds me, where did I hide those M&Ms from my daughter!


TIP: When choosing a wall colour, paint a large enough area in different areas within the room and watch how light changes it. By trying it in different areas, you will have the opportunity to note things like the light bouncing of a pine floor or dark slate which will change the colour itself.

TIP: Apart from retaining heat, curtains also help to absorb sound. So if you have a space where sound bounces around, add textiles e.g. drapes, cushions and rugs.

TIP: Resist the cushion temptation. Not every sofa or room needs them.


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


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