One of the things we love (and are missing) about holidays is the glorious colours of hotter countries – both from the natural landscape and the décor trends.
With the at-home staycation looking set to be a feature of life for the foreseeable, here’s our guide to bringing some of that holiday brightness into your home.
While some interior trends from overseas don’t translate well (I once lived in a rental flat with salmon coloured tiles throughout and saloon doors to the kitchen – potentially lovely in southern Spain, grim in east London), your favourite holiday locations are a great place to start for inspiration. We love;
Jewel-like hand glazed tiles and stunning textiles.
Silk lanterns in every colour, bright greenery, and bold wall colours.
Beach huts, fresh blue colour palettes, and maybe a trip to the Brighton Pavilion.
Where and how to use bright colours in your home
Patios and gardens are a great place to play with colour – natural light and plants can help stop bold colours from being overbearing. See our guide; What colour should I paint my garden fence.
On some streets (such as those in Brighton’s Kemptown, or Notting Hill in London), bright colours on the front elevation are practically mandatory… and even where that isn’t the case, we love a bold front door. Read our advice on exterior decorating.
Inside – Active rooms
Bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms are all ‘active’ spaces where an invigorating pop of colour can work brilliantly. Read our guide to colourful bathrooms for tips ranging from using just a little bit of colour to going all in!
For a dining room, bright colours will encourage high energy, chatty, meals (think of the atmosphere in a classic green, red and white Italian restaurant), while muted or dark colours are more relaxing. Colourful dining chairs (which you don’t really see once you sit down) are a great way to get the best of both.
Inside – relaxing rooms
For bedrooms and living rooms, we recommend keeping the wall colours tranquil – and then playing with brighter colours in artwork, furniture and soft furnishings.
Bright & Bold colours we love:
From bright marigold hues to rusty burnt orange colours, we love this as an accent colour. It’s beautiful when paired with a contrasting dark blue or green.
For a gentle introduction, try terracotta plant pots, or a warm wooden light – the fire-side orange glow will work beautifully with most wall colours.
Pink has really come of age as a colour for interiors. We like warm grey-pinks like Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster and Sulking Room Pink on walls, and richer, more saturated pinks for home accessories and exterior finishes.
If the traditionally warm side of the colour wheel isn’t your thing, but you fancy some Mediterranean brightness in your home, try turquoise-teal colours like Farrow & Ball Vardo, and Little Greene Marine Blue. The green pigment in these keeps them from being too cold – while the blue component makes them relaxing – even when used as a feature wall.
For help choosing colours for your home, get in touch