Embrace the bright life with a palette straight from the catwalk, writes
Any fashionista will tell you that the key to a stylish look is pulling together pattern, shapes and colour to create carefully crafted outfits that just work.
As interiors have become increasingly influenced by what is appearing on the catwalk, it’s worthwhile taking a few lessons from the designers and applying it to home decorating.
Dulux stylist Bree Leech, says there is much to be learnt from taking a fashion design approach to interiors.
“Often what works well as a pattern in fashion will transfer into the home,” she says.
“It’s a bit like taking your inspiration from nature — the colours just work.”
For Melbourne Fashion Week, Dulux collaborated with the enfant terribles of Australian fashion, Romance Was Born, to create an unorthodox palette that surprises and delights in equal measure.
Combining acid blue, peach, lemon yellow, lime green, purple and Pantone colour of 2014, Radiant Orchid, it’s a vivid collection that needs to be handled with care.
“I was lucky to work with Romance Was Born because they always use colour really well,” says Bree.
“I am very much guided by the lookbooks of the designers from their latest collection and I go through them to find something that will translate well into interiors.”
Critical to the success of this interior was the proportions of colour used.
Bree chose pastel coloured Fuzzy Peach as a background wall colour with acid blue Shampoo in the foreground for light and shade.
“It’s about how the eye reads the room,” she says. “If we had painted the back wall in Conceptual, the lime green, and the front wall was blue, they would have fought with each other for attention.
“You need to do it so that it doesn’t overwhelm the whole space.”
She suggests assembling a mood board, not just focusing on the colours and patterns you want to work with, but how much you should use.
“Cut your paint samples into the proportions that you intend to use them in and put them together with some images you like on a board so you can get an idea of how it will all work together,” she says.
Don’t be too concerned if this takes some time. It’s a cheaper and simpler option than repainting or returning unsuitable furniture and even professional stylists don’t necessarily get it right the first time, says Bree.
“Where I start may not be where I end up because it’s only as you work that you can tell when the proportions are not right,” she says.
Repeating colours in smaller doses at least once will help the room look cohesive without appearing too “matchy-matchy”.
Here, an Ikea storage unit has been customised with Conceptual, Vivacious Violet (pink) and Clary (purple), which have then been repeated in ceramics, glass, textiles and even a painted wall phone.
Bree says the white floors provided a fresh backdrop for all the brights while the tulip armchair and fluffy stool, both bought secondhand, add texture and shape.
“The fluffy stool cost about $20 from an op shop,” she says. “I resprayed the base and washed and brushed the faux fur on top.
“With the chair, we knew we wanted that shape and we searched high and low until we found it.”
For those working with existing rooms, Bree says rugs are a quick way to change your floor cover while repainting old furniture like timber chairs or drawers in a fresh hue can tie them into an interior scheme.
“A lot of people have to work with their existing floor and often that’s timber which can look too red or too brown,” she says. “If you’re not in a position to paint, rugs can be a really good option.” email@example.com Main picture