Parallel Lines

Colour Guide

Colour Scheme
Energetic, happy, playful, graphic

Key Textures
Voile, pattern wallpaper, wool, cotton, gloss, ceramic, painted wood


This scheme plays with pattern. The striped wallpaper, the unmistakable Missoni print on the lamps shade and cushions and the geometric rug. Unlike other schemes I’ve deconstructed, this is a scheme where you could swap the stripe with a bold Svenskt Tenn floral and the floral pattern with a multicolour stripe and it would still achieve the same overall feeling. You could even change the colours on the wall panelling and sofa but keep this image in mind as the panelling colour – yellow- doesn’t appear in the wallpaper and the sofa colour – the blue- does. Keep these two guidelines in place if you plan to implement this scheme. It’s all about placing the proportions of colour in the right place.

For me really this is the perfect example of what The Colour Field is all about. The idea being to arm yourself with the colour breakdown and my yabbering on why a room works and then tailoring it to your own style. Swap around the colours and patterns to create your own unique interpretation.

The key to using such a bold wallpaper is to keep the other treatments around it calm. Whilst the white curtains do emulate the wallpapers vertical lines they are a plain neutral colour and slightly sheer so they don’t compete for attention.

Anyway, 40% white has been used on the ceiling, curtains, side table and accessories. The white in the rug along with the fine white stripe in the wallpaper help connect the ceiling, curtain and floor. White piping and buttons have also been used to define the shape of the sofa (keep your eye on this, I suspect piping is on-the-up again).  In effect the white is the base of which the other colours revolve around.

19% of the floor is Ash. Even with most of the continuous, subtle and fine grain timber being covered by furnishings it still adds warmth. A similar tone of brown also appears in the wallpaper which helps to make the overall scheme cohesive.

The yellow is bold and not a colour most people will feel confident in using. Actually, I just remembered in my early teens painting the kitchen this colour when mum was at work!  I love how the yellow as been used. The deep-buttoning on the foot stool uses the light to create texture as does the beaded panelling on the wall. I love a touch panelling! It frames and helps define the furniture in front of it. Together with the cushion and lamp base the yellow equals 20% of the overall scheme.

Oh, the blue. To me this is the perfect tone of blue. It reminds me of colour a cloudless sky and how everything beneath it always looks beautiful. Blue appears in various shades and tones, from a Tiffany to a Wedgwood colour but the 14% mid blue from the sofa is highlighted in the rug as well as the small vessels on the table.

From here on it’s lots of bits of colour (can’t bring myself to say splashes of colour as this would warrant one hand on my hip whilst the other waves in the air). The 2% green in the rug proportionally is greater than the remaining colours that either appear in the wallpaper or the floral patterned cushions and lamp shade.

You have black, three different shades and tones of red and the same goes for the blues. All of these together with a clay colour are shown in the striped wall and the floral accessories. This is where the magic happens in the remaining 4%. Have a look at the colour camembert (as my Parisian friend calls it), so much of the visual impact has been created in the last 4%. If you weren’t disciplined about the colours and their proportion you could quite easily get carried away with the remaining percentage travelling all over the shop. And there in lies how room schemes can go pear shaped.


TIP: If you like uniformity and want to avoid the annoying (mind you maybe this is just me) habit of curtains gathering more in one place than other, I would recommend the S style track.

TIP: Avoid pairing a striped wallpaper with a timber floor where the boards vary greatly in tone. Reason being, the boards visually create more stripes which will compete with walls.


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


  1. Natalie wrote:

    Good morning !
    I am loving this room.
    In particular, do you know where the wallpaper is from?
    Thanks, Natalie

    • Melinda_1788 wrote:

      There is some quite infectious about this scheme. Try Barcode from the RUSH collection, Rush from the What a Hoot collection and a design called Identity all by Harlequin. There is also Strata from the Melinki Collection by Scion. In Australia try Domestic Textiles in Melbourne for Harlequin and Scion is also a UK company, if you email them I’m sure they will arrange something for you. Hope these help, they are all very close but not exactly the same. I’ll keep my eye open for you. Good luck.