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Desert-Toned Colour Palette

By January 29, 2020April 23rd, 2020Colour Schemes

Following our visit to Maison et Objet Paris 2020, we have fallen in love with this desert-toned colour palette.


We’ve taken inspiration from:

  • natural landscapes such as ancient olive groves in the Mediterranean, desert planes in Arizona and the British flowers of late summer. 
  • We’re also inspired by spectacular architecture such as Arcosanti by Paolo Soleri, Chandigarh by Le Corbusier and La Muralla Roja by Ricardo Bofill- which use colour to decorate features or structures and enhance/ contrast with the untreated material finishes elsewhere in the facades.
  • In Artworks we’re inspired by Picasso’s Rose Period- See ‘Family of Saltimbanques’, ‘Boy leading a horse’ or the later ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ (you can see the inspiration behind these at the RA Picasso exhibition
La Muralla Roja - colour palette inspiration
The Arizona Desert - colour palette inspiration
From L-R;
La Muralla Roja
The Arizona Desert
Family of Saltimbanques by Picasso

Developing the colour palette

Step 1: Key colours

Working with the Farrow and Ball range, we began by choosing the colours we feel are most fundamental to getting the look right. We selected three key colours in red, orange and yellow.

Step 2: Pale sandy whites

Next we added pale, sandy whites with similar tones which would complement the key colours.

Step 3: Plant inspired greens & blues

Finally, we chose an olive green, dusky sky blue and a grey black which compliments the key colours of the range. These emulate the colours you’d typically find in the plants of the desert. 

Desert colour palette; red/ orange/ yellow
Desert Colour Palette: pale sandy whites
Desert colour palette; green, blue and grey-black

Several other colours from the Farrow and Ball palette work well with the key colours for this scheme. For the complete list and suggestions for our 6 key groupings please sign up to our newsletter.

Colour palette - other colours
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