Rear Window

Colour Guide
Rich, warm

Colour Scheme
Textural, eclectic, artistic

Key Textures
Concrete, marble, stone, aged wood, faux fur, linen, leather, glass, foliage


There is always an anchor or focal point to an interior around which everything else rotates; a hierarchy if you like. The anchor in this room is fairly obvious – the red artwork.  It has been made the focus of this shot partially due to the angle or prospective of the camera, but regardless of this, it would still be the case as your eye by nature would be drawn to the splash of red, and psychologically red intends to stop you in your tracks i.e. traffic lights!

This room is literally thinking outside the box in regards to the colour palette. The home is utilising the foliage that surrounds it to add further colour and texture to the inside; the classic estate agent catch phrase ‘bringing the outdoors in’.

I understand this may be an austere room for some, so I thought I would weave in some alternative, and more conventional, wall and floor treatments.

A majority of the room is grey accounting for 38%. The ceiling may be high but being the same colour as the walls it helps create a cosier space; it brings the ceiling down making the space more intimate. An alternative covering: a fairly even grey lime wash would work well but a grass cloth, hemp or linen wallpaper would be gorgeous.

At 13% is the floor with its brownish tinge. With all the other furnishings absorbing light, the floor with its slight sheen, adds life and movement. Alternative coverings: grey painted floorboards or ceramic tiles. The key here is to keep that soft reflection. I wouldn’t recommend carpet as the subtle reflection is imperative to the texture balance of the room. However, I would advise a rug, one large enough to contain all the seating in a dark brown, similar to the colour of the wooden bowl, this wouldn’t through out the colour palette.

Next in line is the green foliage through the window that adds 12% to the tonal interior palette. The mottled, uneven effect is visually echoed inside with the faux fur, all adding texture to the space. Alternative to the huge window: a digitally printed tree-scape wallpaper would be effective; nothing to intense, an image showing a little sky and the foliage being a mixture of various shades of green through to the greeny yellow would work.

Adding a touch of white to any interior ensures all the other colours are crisp and clear. The white picture frame makes the red image pop out from the wall and the sheer curtain, when opened, would gently diffuse the light, you also have to think about the impact the curtain will have once opened. The advantage of using this type of material is that you’ll avoid creating a massive solid white wall. White accounts for 10%.

The sand coloured corner/modular sofa is a brilliant choice both in size and hue, equalling 7%. A smaller sofa would result in the furniture visually floating toward the ceiling – especially without a rug. The sandy tone adds warmth as it borrows the brown hues from the floor and the wooden chair frames.

Also at 7% are the mottled tones of the faux fur thrown over one end of the sofa. A cushion in the same fabric has been placed on the adjacent side for balance; this also makes the sofa more dynamic as it layers colour and texture.

Arh, the red photographic print. This image is fantastic. Like the interior architecture, it demands your attention. The 5% red doesn’t appear anywhere else which just highlights its dominants.

The wooden frames of the vintage chairs account for 2% of the colour palette, but they do more than add colour and texture. They inject a sense of heritage and character giving an insight to the owners of the home. New chairs would also work but it’s the difference between an interior looking like it’s just been bought and an interior that shows a sense of history. Basically, it’s the difference between a ‘home and a ‘display home’.

Like the white, a touch of black also helps define other colours and furnishing. It’s present in the lampshade, throw and window frames, all accounting for 1% of the scheme.

Also at 1% is the stone table, not your average table but it works for these reasons; it has traces of black, so tonally it sits, it’s visually (and clearly literally) heavy which is needed when you have such as large sofa and lastly, the decorative under frame relaxes the interior which is predominantly linear.

So much drama of an interior can be created in the remaining 5- 10%. The following all equal 1% each and independently ensures the colour scheme is layered. The pair of reddish oxide leather chairs infuse a sense of the past; depth is added to the sofa by introducing a slightly darker brown in random cushions. The mousy brown edge on the faux fur throw and wooden bowl are yet another variation of the brown tones. Lastly, is the timber frame of the standard lamp – to be honest I don’t think it blends in at all, I find it too yellow –  but in the larger scheme of things the colour isn’t too out of place as there are yellowish tones in the artwork.

The hint of the pinkie brown in the Hermes throw is too small to be included in the overall percentage breakdown, it’s clearly there but to be honest any brown/black throw would work.


TIP: To enhance the effect of a statement piece, don’t repeat its colour anywhere else. 

TIP: Use your anchor piece to draw a visitors’ attention so it becomes the main focal point of the room. Generally, this is the farthest point from the rooms entrances.

TIP: By injecting a vintage piece of furniture or hand-me-down into an interior you’ll create an interior that feels more relaxed and real.


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