Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Colour Guide

Colour Scheme
Tranquil, textural, relaxed, minimal

Key Textures
Silk, linen, antique finished wool, matt wall finish, chrome, gloss floor, dark and lacquered wood


Nothing says relaxed more than feather filled cushions strewn haphazardly over a sofa. The other relaxed element that communicates on a subconscious level is the worn or antique finished rug. It’s doing more than laying there absorbing noise and adding warmth. By using this style of rug you automatically give a sense of the room being lived in and frequently used. With the rug not being an even colour it makes the room feel approachable. The other point to make is that if the rug was a solid colour – as solid the chairs – it would completely over power the scheme. This style of rug has been used at the mid to top end of the market for the past 2-3 years. You’ll start to see – sorry to say this – cheaper versions, in the mainstream or high street stores over the coming years I suspect. Nothing wrong with this just trying to give context of where this rug sits in design trend terms.

Getting back to the topic of the cushions. I’m absolutely passionate about what filling is inside them and sofa’s. Weird you may think but it’s the difference between sinking into a sofa and merely resting on what feels like a brick ledge. The ultimate fill in my mind is down feathers but this requires daily plumping (as my husband can attest to!). The second best option would be a foam core with down feather surrounds; these will hold their shaped more. The key here is that either of these will keep their comfort factor overtime compared to just foam filled (regardless of the quality) which at first will keep their structure but with constant use will deteriorate quickly never to regain their original shape. So, back to this sofa, you can see the pillows slump so they have to be feather and the seats have a structure so I suspect are the feather/ foam combo. A stylist tip- on shoots I only ever use feather pillows, cushions, quilts/ duvets as they are easy to mould and they convey the sumptuous relaxed feeling which is what sells an image.

OK, now the details of how to achieve this scheme. White takes 46% of the room. It’s on the ceiling I suspect along with all the hardwood surfaces like the skirting, shutters and window frames. A gloss white finish has been used on the floor and there is also the low white table with the power-coated frame.

A couple of comments about the artwork. The subtle unframed map works on various levels. Firstly, the white edge separates it from the grey wall, being unframed reiterates the feeling of a relaxed home and lastly but almost more importantly, due to the nature of cartography and its delicacies it’s the polar opposite in terms of design to the solidness of the furniture, both in colour and form, an therefore creates a visual texture in the scheme.

The delicate soft grey used on the sofa and walls accounts for 26% of the colour palette. Key in this scheme is to use matt or flat finish paint.

This vibrant blue is really only every translated to it’s full potential in silk and paired with deep- buttoning is the perfect combination to create depth in the colour itself. With the help of the light it also adds texture to the room as a whole. As I mentioned earlier, there is also the rug, which placement bugs me – not sure what it’s purpose is here. Collectively the blue is 15% of the space.

As with all interiors, you need a colour to ground it, commonly it’s the darkest colour, hence why I think the black handbag is in the corner. Mind you it could be for photography purposes – the strategically placed ‘random lived-in item’ could be hiding a wall socket or reflection for the sake of the image. Yes, the things we do to avoid retouching. In actual fact, it’s the 7% dark wood cabinet and chair legs doing the job of anchoring the room.

The 2% chrome is doing its thing. It appears as the frame of the mirror, standard lamp and bowl on the table in both a polished and satin finish. As I’ve mentioned before, the chrome along with the mirror add a touch of sparkle and life to the interior.

The simple lines of the honed sandstone mantle add a further 2%. In using a very subtle colour you avoid it dominating.

Now for the touch of fairy dust. The 1% punch of yellow that peeps out from behind the 1% darker grey cushion together help add depth to the sofa which could be in danger of becoming bland. Not sure if you can see this but the oxford style cushions have a beautiful running stitch detail in a darker tone. It’s a nice little surprise that emphasises the idiom; Devil (or God) is in the detail.

Most people feel more comfortable with curtains for various reasons, so if you are wondering what to do in this scenario I can suggest a few options. For simple lines that won’t detract use roller, roman or a bottom-up blind fitted with the recesses. To add texture a white voile or sheer curtain and for warmth, lined white drapes. If you have shutters as per this image, my only advice is leave well alone.


TIP: Using an Antique or worn style of rug gives the same effect as a lime washed wall. It’s a treatment to consider when you find a solid colour too intense.


*The colour representation on screen may vary to the actual colour.