Smart Art



Colour Guide Cool

Colour Scheme Refreshing, Eclectic, mature, relaxing

Key Textures Natural linen or cotton, bronze, brass, stone, mixed medium art.


There is no question that colour is very much present and accounted for in this room but, unlike in an of my other posts so far, the colour palette was influenced by the art. So in a way, the art/wall adornment decided the colour scheme not the other way around.

If you are like our family you’ll have more pieces to hang than you do wall space. Not only do I collect artwork by friends, photography from past commissions, my husband is a photographer and have a general approach of ‘buy it now before someone else does’, so you can see how it just seems to multiply! Due to the quantity, we rotate pieces, but there are some pieces that are just mainstays whose presence will not be denied.

Like this image, I have two quite dominant pieces on my walls, and the big decision is whether to tie the colours of the art in the colour scheme or not. There is no right or wrong answer. Some people like a coordinated palette and symmetry and others like mixing it up a bit. It comes down to what environment makes you feel at peace. However, I think we can all agree, that when you walk into a room where all is coordinated it’s easy to appreciate the time and consideration that has gone into the scheme.

So, the 50% of blue on the wall is the base that holds this room together. You can find a touch of it in the artwork just to ensure it has relevance within the colour palette. If this is a style that suits you, choose a colour that does not appear to dominant within the art.

Another difference when deconstructing this image as opposed to the others so far, is that the light walnut floor itself is only 10% of the area as it is covered by the large natural carpet which takes up most of the floor surface. I have often been asked ‘floorboards or fitted carpet’ but you don’t have to choose one or the other and this room demonstrates the middle ground. (See tip below for more info about this). The natural colour of the carpet takes up roughly 26% of the overall colour scheme as it has also been used on the sofa and in the stone finish on the coffee tables. FYI – a coffee table at this height could potentially serve as a visual block, using two allows breathing space around the sofa, leaving it to be the largest piece of furniture in the room.

The 3% rich pink cushions on the sofa works in the same way as the wall colour in relation the to the art; highlighting the pink within, as does the 1% dark green and 1% bright green. Note: the mixing of cushion shapes on the sofa. The long green cushion breaks the visual line down the middle.

The 1% watermelon colour has been use as the accent and left in artwork alone. This is a good example of how some colours are only ever meant to be a minuet percentage of the overall room scheme.

There is no wood in the tables. In keeping with the collectors style, the materials of choice are antique finished brass and bronze. The key here is antique finished. Introducing new in either of these materials would be too bright and shiny. The light also makes the table and reading lamp shimmer when light hits them, adding life to the space.


TIP: The larger area of colour will draw-out the same colour elsewhere in the room making it feel more dominant than it actually is. An optical illusion.

TIP: Make a statement with your artworks by hanging them all together. En mass  the mix of mediums, sizes and frames all will create a focal point and feature wall. Just remember to hang them at a height where they can be admired.

TIP: An answer to the floor boards-carpet debate is to keep the boards, choose a carpet you like and have it bound with a matching or contrasting border. The trick is to leave at least 20cm space around the wall and place all the furniture within the carpet/rug area. Should you have something like a bay window, keep the carpet square or rectangle if you like. Don’t create odd shapes. You can always take it with you should you move. I would recommend anti-skid underlay, for safety and also because it is nicer to walk on.


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


One Comment

  1. Brian Tunks wrote:

    Love this room. The colours give it such an inviting feel and the main wall is fantastic. I think it’s a real art to make a space feel both sophisticated yet comfortable at the same time. This blue has given me some ideas….