How to use Colour Psychology in Interior Design

September 15th, 2020

Indigo from Edward Bulmer Natural paints confident and purposeful.

We have been sharing our understandings around colour psychology to give you, our followers, more confidence with  colour. With the insights that we have to share, you will, hopefully, be able to use colour to bring about the results that you are looking to achieve within any Interior Scheme.

It’s important to remember that whilst there are colour truths, that are culturally and sometimes universally held, it is important to check that they concur with you. Sometimes, due to an individual experience of a colour, it may not ring true for you, and then it is important to adjust. We are always interested to hear from followers if a colour truth does not ring true for them and why. It is seldom the case, but always interesting and helps to further inform our understanding of colour usage in interiors.

 

In this article we will be looking at the psychology of Blue, Yellow and Pink:

How to use blue in Interiors

 

‘French Blue’ by Edward Bulmer natural paints a noble colour indeed. Cool, calm and dignified. Seen here in a gallery of busts, but perfect for a sunny study or entrance hall if you want to create a statement of calm and stable.

Blue is the colour of calm and serenity. It engenders clarity, perspective and openness. A great colour to use in sociable spaces as it inspires a sense of calm collegiality, but equally good for quieter spaces who’s purpose may be for study and contemplation.

Interestingly it is a signifier of ambition, and this is more obviously seen in it’s darker counterpart, navy. This deeper shade of blue sign posts responsibility, integrity, trust and order. The perfect colour to use in the way that you present yourself whether it be through your home or your wardrobe, if you want to be taken seriously. If you mean business, navy is a good strong cue to use. Dependable and trustworthy.

Navy Blue by Edward Bulmer Natural paint. Prussian Blue with a touch of Carmine to give it a little extra sophistication; this is no ordinary navy blue. Strong, dependable and confident for every good reason.

Using yellow in Interiors

Yellow, unsurprisingly, is the colour of optimism. The colour of the sun, yellow has the same warming and nurturing capacity. It provides energy, it is fun and invites happiness in to any room. It encourages logic and attention. Especially ideal for North facing rooms (if you are living in the Northern hemisphere, and South if you are not!)

Brimstone from Edward Bulmer Natural Paints. A bright, light yellow – less dependent on yellow ochre and more on chrome yellow. Perfect for any shaded room.

It is interesting to note that it is the colour of munificence and abundance; yellow sends a very positive and nurturing message to all that sit within it’s embrace. As a result it is seen as the colour of wealth in many cultures.

‘Patent yellow’ by Edward Bulmer Natural paints has a touch of grey in it to soften it so that it almost starts to work as a neutral, but has all the benefits of yellow. Uplifting and enlightening!

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint. Yellow is perfect for a study space as it engenders clarity and logic.

Using the Colour Pink in Interiors

There is no need to pigeon hole this colour to pretty girls bedrooms. There is good reason that it is used so liberally for the feminine sex, but it has so much more going for it and it turns out it’s good for everyone!

Pink is the colour of care, love and respect. It symbolises love of oneself and of others, and so is a powerful unifier.  It is the colour of acceptance.

Pink is also the colour of intuition. If you want to set your family and your friends at ease then pink deserves your consideration.

‘Rose’ from Edward Bulmer Natural paint is an overtly feminine pink but still good for more than just the bedroom if you’re feeling confident. If not, but you would still like a colour to set your family and guests at ease, then look to the earthier pinks like ‘Jonquil’ or ‘Cuisse de Nymph Emu’.

As a little aside, but relevant to our understanding of colour meaning; the best example I have seen recently of the usage of pink in messaging is the Banksy Refugee boat logo. He simply couldn’t have chosen a better colour to underpin the message of equality, care and universal acceptance that the rescue boat stands for. 

Banksy's Refugee Boat

Banksy’s rescue boat sports a perfectly pink message of hope, universal love and acceptance.

Our sincere thanks go to Edward Bulmer Natural Paints for the beautiful images featured in this post. Edward Bulmer Paint Company produce a range of naturally inspired paints that are not only good for the environment, but are better to live with as well, as they are completely non-toxic.

‘At Edward Bulmer Natural Paint we provide you with an honest declaration of ALL our ingredients.  We can even tell you precisely how they are produced and from what country they are sourced. Our paint is made from naturally occurring raw materials of plant origin like linseed oil, or from mineral raw materials such as chalk, earth and mineral pigments. We do not use dangerous solvents, pesticides, herbicides or toxins.’ Edward Bulmer Paint Co.

 

 

New Build Residential Property Development, your 6 point plan

September 12th, 2020
6 Bedroom Georgian Inspired new build

New build house, Esher, Surrey. This site had everything going for it. Space, seclusion and a highly coveted address.

If you are thinking of building a house from scratch and you want to create something special then you should talk to us. We have over a decade of expertise in helping clients realise their perfect homes from a blank sheet of paper. You may have found the ideal plot in the perfect location, but you aren’t sure what the vernacular of the house should be. You may have a feel for your preferred vernacular, but you aren’t sure about how to best orchestrate your plans. We can help.

 

Once we had developed the architectural foot print of the building then we went onto creating lighting plans, furniture arrangements, window dressing, cabinetry placements, audio visual and security systems.

 

Here are a few top tips in what you should be thinking about for your New Build project:

  1. Appoint your professional team carefully

You will need a great team around you, so pick this carefully and understand fully each players capability. Once you have this clear in your mind then decide what each agents role is going to be within the project scope. This will avoid overlap and potential duplication of fees. Make sure the fit is a good one  too because these people are going to have to work closely together, and will need to be able to overcome, more than likely, some difficult challenges along the way.

Once you have appointed your team entrust them with the job. If you are worried about anything ask

The bespoke sunken seating area is a good example to demonstrate the inter-dependance of the professional team. Without the builder the Interior plans could not be realised, without the electrician the area could not be lit and without the tiler, the carpet fitter, the window dresser and the furniture maker the client would not have a n informal chill-out zone!

 

2.  Location, location, location

You may have ticked this off already, but if not then make sure you choose a site in the right location. This will determine the bandwidth for your project in terms of property real estate value reach. Knowing what this is will give you a clear indication of what the ceiling on your project should be. This, in turn, will help with the setting of your project budget – all very important stuff!

Of course, it’s a no brainer that you need to love where you live too, but that will come naturally.

 

3. Know your budget

Leading on from the above point this is absolutely critical for so many reasons:

  •  To safe guard against over capitalisation.
  • To know your spend. This will need to be apportioned to design fees, professional fees (planners, surveyors and structural engineers), building works and interior fit outs.
  • Factor in a contingency with your budget. I have never worked on a budget where the client has not spent more than they set our to, so start lower, and be realistic with your choices.
  • Economise wherever you can. There are some areas of a new build that don’t need lavish spend, and there are others that if you don’t have a healthy budget it looks as if corners have been cut. Lighting is just one of these. Keep a healthy budget for lighting.
  • Try and have an appreciation for the sum of the parts, because this will save you from over capitalising early on.
  • Try and figure out your cost per square meter. Your professional team should be able to help you with this.

 

4. Be clear on your choice of vernacular 

This may sound obvious, but it is critical if you want to avoid the creation of something that might fall into the category of ‘pastiche’ to identify it and then work with it afresh. For example, you may admire the Georgian vernacular and have always aspired to having a home. in this style. However,  it would be a mistake to replicate an 18th C architectural style in the 21st C line-by-line. We would need to find a fresh representation of that vernacular in a way that purveys the style essence of the era.

Or, it may be that you have an Architect whose contemporary approach and style ethics you admire, then you just need a clear brief.

Our client wanted to create a contemporary classic, and wished to reference the Georgian vernacular. This lends itself well to a modern day interpretation, as it is more pared down than other architectural styles. As is always the case, it was key to get proportion and essential detail in balance.

 

5. Know your brief and communicate it clearly

Once you start to put pen to paper on this it will become clearer if it isn’t already. We actually help our clients define their briefs through our front end workshopping process. Through this process we develop a very clear picture for our clients of their intended style ethic, their objectives and their likes and dislikes to do with all aspects of the build. This gives our clients the time and the space to develop their vision for the build. Most often they come to us with a seed and we help, through our creative workshopping process to identify the exact species of the tree. You may not need to go to these lengths if the brief is clear to you. Whatever your situation, know the value of a clear brief that everyone can work with. This is the best and most direct way to enabling your vision.

 

6. Keep space in your diary for decision making

You have everything ready to go, so buckle up and enjoy the ride! Just be sure to have plenty of space for decision making because without your sign off and direction on matters it doesn’t matter how great your team is, they can only action aspects of the project when the directive is clear.

Projects with clear decision making at their core and managed budgets have no reason not to be delivered on time.

 

If you need help with taking your project forward then please get in touch.

We have a brilliant track-record with helping clients turn their new build residential property development into valuable investments. We have a 360º appreciation of new build residential projects and we draw on it to help deliver award winning projects. We are focused on creating beautiful homes which have a sense of timeless elegance and which support our clients lifestyle needs seamlessly. Our aim is to bring about a positive return on every level.

We would welcome discussing your project requirements with you. Please call us directly on 020 822343228, or drop me an e-mail lindi@lindireynolds.com

 

5 Top Tips for a successful Character Property Renovation

September 10th, 2020

Georgian End of Terrace Full Property Renovation

  1. Find a company that understands the process from beginning to end.

We can manage every aspect of your Character Property Renovation for you so that you can stay focused on what you do best. We have been helping clients with top to toe Character Property Renovations for  a decade and a half, so there isn’t much that we haven’t seen. More importantly, we get a real kick out of remodeling tired old dames back to their former ‘Belle of the Ball’ status, and this is important because this fuels the stamina required for this style of project. We are well versed at updating within the original character of the home so that the final result delivers contemporary living, but doesn’t feel out of touch with the ‘roots’ of the house. There’s an art to getting this right, and a lot more to it than meets the eye, first off.

Drawing Room antique furniture paired with contemporary art from artist, James Harrigan.

 

2. Understand the vernacular that you are dealing with.

Of course it’s critically important to understand the vernacular that you are working with from the start, whether it’s Victorian, Georgian, English Baroque, Tudor or Modern.

Do you have a clear vision of how you will work with it in the 21st C? A great little tip here is if you understand the language of the vernacular you will understand it’s ‘rules’. You have to understand the rules if you are going to break them and all contemporary re-workings of a vernacular have to break a few rules here and there, just make sure you are consistent with this. Character Properties can take re-invention, but make sure you retain enough of the original character to ensure you are constantly adding to the property value and not minimising it through loss of character.

 

Paintings by Mark Kaiser and Rug by the London Rug Company, this one designed by Paul Smith and called ‘Swirl’ helps to bring the room up to date.

 

This bespoke bookcase was our clients pride and joy and we were delighted when he chose to finish it in Zoffany’s ‘Heat’ eggshell.

3. Decide whether you have the capacity to project manage the programme or whether you need to entrust this to someone else.

Any character property renovation requires specialist knowledge. With a full house renovation there are  many different strands to the project that need to be woven together seamlessly to create winning results. A project of this nature requires sourcing from many different suppliers and specialisms, each of which have their own way of working and timelines for delivery. Do you have the time to research this and do you have the bandwidth to take this on, or would you be better off entrusting it to a company who specialises in this area?

This plan captures all the interior considerations for this floor

This plan shows all necessary building interventions, bespoke cabinetry inclusions, electrics, new bathroom layouts, paint colours and wall coverings.

 

4. Don’t underestimate the time requirement.

Unfortunately things go wrong. A few examples of this that we have had to deal with recently:

  •  Tiles don’t get delivered in time because the factory in Italy hasn’t had enough orders to run the run that you lot was scheduled for. No pre-warning was issued and there is no-one else in the world who produces a tile of this nature or similar. This has a two month knock on effect to the fitting of the bathrooms. How do you rebalance the programme effectively and with the least disruption to the other trades?
  •  Expensive worktops – the third-party templater has read the brief wrong and  the worktops have been produced without the up-stands that had been ordered at the same time. This means that the work surfaces do not fit to the wall through no fault of your own. What’s the best way to fix this?
  • A steel has been placed in the wrong place and this means that the opening to receive the staircase is not wide enough. What happens now?

Don’t let these scare you from your decision to renovate, but don’t underestimate the time required for trouble shooting either.  Add to this the budgeting, order placement and facilitation, quality control and communications. This is a full-time role if you want to complete a project within a decent length of time.

Luckily, there are companies like ours who actually get quite a buzz out of a challenge like this and have seen enough to be un-daunted by the task at hand.

 

5. Seek professional advice up front.

With any character property renovation it is best to involve the professionals from the onset. If it is too early, we would always advise, but usually the earlier the better. That said, every project will have its own specific requirements which we will dictate your requirements. A good example of why it is usually beneficial to engage with an architectural interior design house early on is that a little internal remodeling can go a long way to making the most of your home re-design and it’s better to get this planned in up front. There is very little point on spending good budget on a home that doesn’t flow, so we need to make sure that the structure and the flow is right first. To do this effectively we will also need to know about you and your families lifestyles so that we can ensure layouts support your everyday needs.

  

A few good reasons to entrust your project with us:

We have the supplier base to source effectively, the project know-how to affect the correct sequencing of trades and the project management expertise to orchestrate it all on your behalf. The piece de resistance is that we know intuitively what needs to be done at every stage to maximise real estate value. There are many key junctures in a project of this nature and if you can be sure that you are making the right decision at every turn you will be in good hands.

If you have a busy life and a big project then you need us. Through our front end workshopping process we work hard to understand your objectives for the project and your style affinities. You may have a vision of where you want to get to, but it may not be crystal clear yet. We help our clients find that focus, so that when the project work starts it’s straight sailing. This saves everyone time in the long run and precious budget, too.

We can guide you on best approach and save you from some of the pitfalls, and a lot of the stresses and strains that can accompany a project of this nature.

Karen Welsh; extraordinary Abstract Landscape Artist

August 24th, 2020

We are pleased and proud to present Karen Welsh, an extraordinary abstract landscape artist as the next talented artist to be included into our Artists Appreciation Initiative.

 

Summer Landscape

Towards Laverstock

Early years art training

Surrey born, Karen was initially trained as a sign writer and commercial artist. She grew up with painting being part of the ‘fabric of life’ with her father, Paul Welsh, famous for his beautifully articulated hand painted pictorial pub signs that hung all over the country.  Completing her apprenticeship under her fathers tuition she would often help out on larger commissions. Karen says of that time in her life; ‘We did the most fantastic work together. We were gilders too doing work for the Royal Palaces. We even had hand-written , gilded lettering work in the Royal Academy of Arts.’

 

The call of the countryside

 

Yellow in the Landscape

After 31 years of producing bespoke signs and images in the traditional way Karen decided it was time to ‘follow her bliss’ and seek out a life of painting full time in the West Country instead. Cornwall was the plan, but on the way Wiltshire caught her heart instead.

Autumn

The beauty of the Wiltshire countryside with its open chalk hills and wide valleys covered with hardy grasslands provides the unique landscape that inspires Karen to put paint to canvas. The occasional tree dotted on the horizon accentuates the clean line between the earth and the sky. In Karen’s landscapes we can escape to the countryside in flash, more than that they manage to invoke in the viewer that sense of joy and freedom that comes with enjoying wide open spaces and good country air. In this case, Wiltshire to be specific!

 

Journey towards Abstraction

More recently, Karen has been on a journey to abstraction. Her paintings have developed from figurative through to semi abstract and total abstraction. Starting with gestural marking then layering the paint, concentrating on balancing tonal value with colour harmony, Karen builds on the works until she has achieved the desired outcome.

Leaving

 

What is the Artists Appreciation Initiative?

Here at Lindi Reynolds Interior Design we are thrilled to have Karen Welsh as part of our Artists Appreciation Initiative. This initiative came about as a result of us recognising the importance of art in luxury Interior Design. Without art, not matter how well thought out and executed a scheme may be, it will never be complete. Through the Artists Appreciation Initiative we are pleased and proud to showcase artists that we know will be well received by our clients and their artworks will provide the perfect finishing touch to months and sometimes years of work. Great Interior Design requires the best art.

You can reach Karen Welsh, independently, through these channels:

IG: Kwca_artist

karen@karenwelshcreativearts.co.uk

www.karenwelshcreativearts.co.uk

01722 321826

07515 482406

 

Internationally acclaimed Wildlife and Nature Photographer, Russell Millner

August 24th, 2020

We are thrilled to present Internationally acclaimed Wildlife and Natural World Photographer, Russell Millner. Growing up in Africa myself, and spoilt with more safari trips than I could count, I know how difficult it is to achieve what Russell does with a camera lense. The beauty of what he creates is mesmerising and enormously evocative – there’s almost no need to go on Safari if you have one of Millner’s images to take in throughout the day.

Internationally acclaimed Wild Life and Natural World Photographer, Russell Millner

 

Wildlife and the natural world have been a lifelong interest for Millner, and it is through the medium of photography that he has chosen to share this experience.  Some of this is through digital presentations and much through more conventional routes.

 

Technical skill meets creative endeavour

Russell says of his work, ‘I was fortunate enough in my highly technical first career to be able to travel widely across all seven continents and during that time to be exposed to some of the most influential wildlife photographers.  This focused my pursuit of unique imagery, much of which has been heavily dedicated towards disappearing species and the endangered world.  This has now been transformed into a second career as a professional wildlife photographer where I can use the technical skills I’ve previously embraced to facilitate a more artistic development. 

‘Rekero’
Russell Millner’s primary purpose through his art is to herald nature. With his imagery he wishes to restore the balance between man and the natural world.

My images are usually large and produced with a contemporary feel, often on Chromaluxe or by conventional prints onto art papers.  Chromaluxe is a relatively novel process that produces intensely sharp colour or black and white images on aluminium with outstanding depth and intensity of colour.  The images are produced by a dye sublimation technique and are archival and highly resilient without any further coating or glass.  They are also light and allow for the production of unusually large images at reasonable prices.’

 

Exhibitions

Millner has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Barcelona, The Hague, Cumbria and shortly in Milan, with images on the front covers of magazines and in textbooks.  Recently featured in the BBC Wildlife Calendar and commended in the ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’ competition.  Currently shortlisted in the ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’.

A donation from the sales of  his images is made to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

 

What is the Artists Appreciation Initiative?

Here at Lindi Reynolds Interior Design we are thrilled to have Russell Millner as part of our Artists Appreciation Initiative. This initiative came about as a result of us recognising the importance of art in luxury Interior Design. Without art, not matter how well thought out and executed a scheme may be, it will never be complete. Through the Artists Appreciation Initiative we are pleased and proud to showcase artists that we know will be well received by our clients and their artworks will provide the perfect finishing touch to months and sometimes years of work. Great Interior Design requires the best art.

You can contact Russell Millner at:

www.russellmillnerphotography.com

e: russell@insurrectionart.com

 

 

 

Top 5 tips for your Bathroom Design and Installation project

August 18th, 2020
Guest Bathroom

A compact little Guest Wash Room needs to be perfectly planned because space is usually tight. Integrating the back to the wall w/c and the vanity unit with under mount sink creates clean lines and an easy to clean space.

Of all the rooms in a house that an Interior Designer needs to be proficient at overhauling, the bathroom is the most complex so you need to make sure you are in good hands with those you are taking advice from.

More specifically, here are my top 5 tips of what to look out for when you are planning a new bathroom scheme:
1.  Know your budget. This will give you a good steer on what you should be looking at and what you should be avoiding for fear of budget blow-out. There is a sea of products out there, so knowing which price range you are shopping in will give you the focus you need for it to be a pleasant journey as opposed to an arduous one. Who wants to be seduced by everything they can’t have? Of course there is no harm ever in looking at the top end to understand finishes and trends.
2. Have it drawn up professionally. Make sure you have your design drawn up with all the products you have chosen correctly dimensioned. It sounds obvious, but if you don’t check your dimensions and check them again it’s easy to order products that just won’t fit, wasting your precious time and money. Of course the first step here is to make sure that your actual space is accurately drawn up with doors and windows in the right places, because if they aren’t they will have an extraordinary knock-on affect.

 

3. Make sure you have a brilliant plumber, with at least three glowing references. You don’t want to be left with a bathroom that looks great, but leaks through to the floors below. Worse than that, you don’t want to be left with issues of waste build up because plumbing has not been sufficiently worked through.
4. Decide on the character you wish to achieve for the space, and then source all elements in keeping with the theme. Wallpaper can be a wonderful addition, as are mirrors and lighting. You don’t need to go for a functional looking mirror just because it’s a bathroom you are planning for. In the image below we included an antique art deco mirror to the mix and placed two IP45 rated wall lights either side to achieve a touch of glamour. The wallpaper on the far wall from Sanderson, lifts the scheme and invites the user to stay a little longer because it becomes more than merely a functional space. The Lefroy Brooks taps present themselves almost as bathroom jewellery because they are in keeping with the character of the bathroom.
Luxury bathroom

Lefroy Brooks floor mounted taps offer themselves up as bathroom jewellery in this found Art Deco antique mirror. The wall lights either side add a touch of glamour.

Luxury bathroom with stand alone bath

Wallpaper can help transform a bathroom from a functional space to a dearly loved sanctuary.

5. Plan your tile layouts carefully. Have an exact plan of how your tiles will be laid to the space. This is not something you should leave to the tiler unless he or she is prepared to draw up a clear plan with an appreciation of how things will come together, i.e. the meeting points of various elements. If you have edges of tiles showing think about how you are going to finish them off. I am not personally a fan of metal trim and avoid it at all costs, so edges need a plan. Include into you layouts whether or not you are going to include skirting and / or cornice. As with all things to do with great Interior Design it is the finishing that makes a difference to whether the space will sing or sigh once it’s completed.

A sample of Lindi Reynolds Interior Design layouts. With everything drawn to scale we expect our appointed tilers and plumbers to follow our drawings to the letter.

 

Highly Acclaimed Mixed-Media Artist, Clare Haxby

August 10th, 2020
We are thrilled to present the highly acclaimed Clare Haxby

Studio Portrait with Kew Palm house Print + Painting

Clare’s training as a print maker is obvious to see in her work, as each piece carries a fabulous print quality, even though she most often chooses to mix-up her media, in what has become her signature multi-media style. She loves to combine painting with mono and linoprint making, sometimes incorporating collage into her pieces too. Driven to create, Clare is prolific in her production; just head to her instagram page to see what we mean.
Probably best known for her landmark paintings, which all began with her 8 year sojourn in Singapore. Here Clare portrayed some of the most iconic and well loved landmark buildings, such as ‘Keppel Bay’, ‘Peranakan Shop Houses’ and ‘Baba House’ as perfect reflections of their character.  To capture the spirit of such revered landmarks is no small thing as they carry with them so much history and applied association. This success followed her back to the UK, with commissions from some of our own well loved landmarks coming her way. She has as a result immortalised in print;  ‘Hemmingways House’, ‘Fotnums’,’Kew Palm House‘ the ‘Michelin Building’ and ‘The Liberties London Building’.
Throughout lock-down and currently, Clare has been painting English Flowers from her garden for #artistsupportpledge (as seen on IG). She started this series of small paintings to tie in with #BritishFlowersWeek. The paintings she has created for this initiative set up by Matthew Burrows are just £195 for a 30 x 40 small canvas and they sell out in minutes, sometimes seconds after posting them live on IG. You will have to be quick if you want to get your hands on one of these little beauties finding homes around the globe.

Multiple Award Winning Artist: Cora Harrington

July 9th, 2020

Wondrous to Behold 120 x 120

 
 
With a first class degree in Art and Design from the Belfast College of Art and multiple awards behind her name we are absolutely thrilled to present to you Cora Harrington.  She has had her work shown in the Mall Galleries in London on several occasions and her work is held in public and private collections worldwide.

What a Tangled Web we Weave, 310 x 310

 
Cora works both figuratively and in the abstract manner. Her work is always atmospheric, expressive and intuitive.  The wonder of Cora’s masterpieces is that they draw you in with their sense of wonder and mystery. The works are multilayered with plenty of content, not just in the subject matter, but in the mark making, contrast of tone, colour and balance. Her artworks afford the viewer an escape into some other private world, rich in enchantment. Each piece feels like a gift to the viewer – a very private moment in timethis is something extraordinarily difficult to achieve as an artist, and pays tribute to Cora’s personal investment in each piece.
 

A Day of Snow and Ice

 
You can see more of Cora Harrington at:
IG: Coraharringtonartist
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coraharrington/sets/  (for available and archived paintings)
T: 0044 (0) 2830264785

M: 07485175042

Treasures of the Deep Web

Treasures of the Deep Web

How to use Colour in Interior Design to affect great purpose

June 15th, 2020
Edward Bulmer Paint Colour Chart
 
I have always been drawn to colour. Like a moth to a flame it casts it’s spell and I am captivated and held by it’s magic.  A colourist by nature I am greedy with it and as a result have never managed to settle on a few favourites. Oh no, it has to be the whole spectrum or I feel jilted! I used to have colours that I shied away from using, but that is no longer the case as my projects have taught me otherwise. Working with our clients ultimate colour choices has made me see that there are no bad colour choices – just bad colour combinations. 
 

How colour affects our emotional state

What interests me most with colour is its correlation to human emotion. There is much researched and written on the subject, and as an Interior Designer I am keen to tap into this wealth of knowledge so that we use in our projects for the well being of our clients. Why wouldn’t we?
 
Wassily Kandinsky, the pioneer of abstract art, understood the inherent power of colour when he said, ‘Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.’ It has the power to move us in all sorts of directions, and so it is our role as Interior Designers to understand this and use colour appropriately, for the right effect and ultimately for our clients benefit.
 

Understanding colour

So how to understand colour? Generally speaking, and at the risk of over simplifying things, colours are ascribed universal truths across cultures.  This has everything to do with the fact that all colour can be found in nature, and so it is not hard to see why blue, the colour of the sky, is associated with calmness and serenity. Sunshine yellow is associated with energy, joy and happiness and so forth . There are variances for individuals within these colour truths though, and that is where it becomes interesting for us as designers. The question is where do these divergent reactions to colour come from? We know from research that our relationship between colour and emotions is laid down by at least three different sources throughout our lifetime namely, evolution, culture and personal experience. Evolution is a slow burn, culture is mostly specific and personal experience is, well, personal. This last one could be something like being stung by a blue bottle as a child, and so the indigo blue of the sting becomes a forever marker of poisonous fury. And so this is how it is possible that some members of the same culture may have different orientations to colour. This is what we need to understand and unlock as interior designers at the early stages of a project so that we can create effective schemes for the whole family to love. 
 

Our Colour Workshopping Service

 Towards this end we have been running colour workshops with our clients for over 10 years. We have had situations where the husband and wife have come to us at the point of colour impass.  Luckily, we have always managed to find a middle ground that all parties are happy with. So, it can be complex, but there is always a solution to hand. 
 

Focus on Colour: Glorious Green

For now, though, I would like to focus on the essential truths of colour so that you can start to use it effectively in your own home to create the perfect back-drop to your purpose-filled life. I would like to start with GREEN. If you are an interiors fan you could have been bowled over by just how much green was being posted, written about, promoted and celebrated during the early stages of lock-down. Well there is an interesting reason for this – green is the colour of equilibrium, the colour of growth and nature. At a time when our world was literally turned upside down we were looking to find some sort of equilibrium through investing time in the company and solace of green.

Jocelyn Horsfall – award winning contemporary fine art photography for your home

June 3rd, 2020

Next up in our Artists Appreciation Initiative

 

We  are thrilled to present, Jocelyn Horsfall, an award-winning fine art photographer, specialising in atmospheric and evocative images inspired by flowers, foliage and the natural world. ‘Nature is good for the soul, and I am looking to capture some of its beauty, serenity and harmony in my work’ says Jocelyn.

Tropical Wonderland 1
Tropical Wonderland 1

No ordinary photographer, her style is painterly and impressionistic, combining a strong sense of colour and form with an interest in textural effects and abstraction. She uses soft focus, multiple exposure, and camera movement to create images with a fluid, organic feel, and is drawn to the intimate details to be found in nature that are revealed beyond the normal viewpoint. The end results are contemporary, sophisticated and sensitive manifestations of the natural world that capture the imagination and would lend a modern tone of voice to any interior design scheme. Based in South West London, Jocelyn sells limited edition fine art giclée prints, framed and unframed, together with other media such as acrylic and metal prints. Jocelyn’s pedigree in photography runs back to her mother and her grandfather before that, who specialised in landscape and travel. Jocelyn takes the art form further; contemporising it for us. Her work is about interpretation and suggestion rather than a literal representation of the natural world. Jocelyn finds her inspiration comes from the Impressionist painters including Monet and Van Gogh. Georgia O’Keeffe’s sensual flowers and abstracts are another source of inspiration, as well as contemporary photographers Fay Godwin, Paul Kenny and Valda Bailey. 

Jocelyn has an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and has been a finalist/highly commended in the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year competition (IGPOTY) in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Last year she won 1st prize for a portfolio of images (one of which, Tropical Wonderland, is featured here). She has been exhibited at Kew Gardens with the other award-winning images.

What’s not to love?

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IG: Jocelyn Horsfall

M: 007721003442

www.jocelynhorfall.com