Raspberry Coulis

Photography: Petrina Tinsley

Colour Scheme

Colour Guide
Stimulating, energetic, passionate

Key Textures
Wool, velvet, polished cotton, gloss, glazed ceramics, linen, flowers, matt paint finishes


I’m a sucker for deep buttoning! Whether it be on chairs, walls, bed heads…it’s instant zhoosh. Throw in the plush red velvet curtain and you could almost be sitting at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead. FYI- that would be a good thing, it changes your whole movie viewing experience.

I love rich dirty colours, this one included, but as a parent I couldn’t bring myself to cover my walls with it. I won’t go into why. It’s a passionate, energetic and stimulating colour palette and the cluster of peonies is an indication of the owners personality.

The gingery colour covers 44% of the interior. If you were to isolated it would be sharp: I would liken it to biting into a lemon, fine if it’s part of a Tom Collins but not so good if it’s straight up. Mind you my daughter would say otherwise. It’s similar in saturation to the Raspberry coloured armchairs. The colour follows up  the walls and continues up into the ceiling? Looks great doesn’t it! I’ve gone on about painting the ceiling over the last few weeks. Have I convinced you to try it yet? It doesn’t so much as bring the ceiling down as to make the room feel cosy and intimate.

At 15% is red appearing in the velvet curtains and ceramic stool. The Chinoiserie patterned stool adds texture to the scheme and its gloss finish, adds life. The shape softens the square edges of the artwork above it and formalises the shape of the chairs beside it.

The sofa’s neutral tone allows the red and ginger hues to dominate and accounts for 12%. Floral cushions with a hint of the raspberry have been placed on it to balance and connect with the chairs opposite.

On the floor is a grey ribbed carpet that also totals 12%; it’s nothing sexy really. Personally I would have used something more plush; something with a velvety pile. However, using a dark shade on the floor helps ground the room, a base to counterbalance the ceiling.

Slightly deeper in hue is raspberry at 8% that emerges from the pair of chairs. Depth is added to the scheme by the light hitting the undulated folds of the upholstery.

The black high gloss lamp along with the chair and black in the artwork all together equal 6%. Again, the flash of light bouncing off the shade adds movement and energy to the room.

Just to ensure the interior seduces you, a touch of bling has been added with the gold stool. Like all interiors, you need to include some kind of reflective surface to bring life to the room. Gold amounts to 1%.

Also at 1% is white and the pinkish tones of the flowers. The uneven white lines in the artwork are relaxed in form and in strength whilst the vase of flowers is also relaxed and unstructured in a different way. Both show that there are several ways to loosen up the feel of an interior.

What I haven’t spoken about is the spotlights on the ceiling. I’m sitting here staring at the image and can’t think of good reason to defend using them in this context. They’re an 80’s throw back and if you find yourself with said lights I would recommend you remove them.

TIP: Form and shape add interest to the interior design; play with circles, rectangles, hexagons – they will help a room feel less rigid.

TIP: Flowers are great way to add life and texture to an interior. Fresh flowers are always best but faux can be incredibly life like.


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