Bring sea­sonal colour into your life

Gabrielle Fa­gan catches up with in­te­ri­ors de­signer So­phie Robin­son to dis­cover how to bring out your per­son­al­ity when choos­ing shades

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERIORS -

Are you stuck in a colour rut be­cause you’re not brave enough to plunge into the daz­zling ar­ray of new shades that could trans­form your home? Maybe you need some Colour Psy­chol­ogy in your life. De­vised by psy­chol­o­gist An­gela Wright, the method, which uses sea­sonal colour pal­ettes found in na­ture, aims to help iden­tify the colour pref­er­ences and styles of each per­son­al­ity group.

“This is a real game-changer if you’ve ever faced painful pro­cras­ti­na­tion over a paint colour, or ag­o­nised over an in­vest­ment buy,” says So­phie Robin­son (so­phier­obin­son., best known as a judge on BBC Two’s The Great Bri­tish In­te­rior De­sign Chal­lenge.

“Colour’s fash­ion­able cur­rently, with two strong trends — one for jewel-rich shades like teal, for­est green and or­ange, and so-called gelato shades like mint, lilac and pink.”

“Sadly, so many peo­ple get over­whelmed by the choices that they of­ten just chicken out of colour al­to­gether and stick to neu­trals like grey or white,” adds in­te­rior de­signer Robin­son, who has teamed up with Habi­tat to launch a cam­paign us­ing Colour Psy­chol­ogy, which she says gives peo­ple “a frame­work, so they can clar­ify what they like and con­fi­dently pull a scheme to­gether”.

“They’ll be able to com­bine colours, pat­terns, tex­tures, fur­ni­ture and art­work, and cre­ate the feel they want for a room,” she ex­plains.

“What I re­ally love is that this con­cept is ac­tu­ally very in­stinc­tive. It gets us out of our heads and back in touch with our gut, so we can make more emo­tional and bolder de­sign choices, which I’m all for.

“Even bet­ter, the re­sult will be a home that res­onates more deeply with a per­son’s taste and per­son­al­ity and, more im­por­tantly, will be one they won’t tire of.”

Where to start

“De­cide which sea­son’s colour pal­ette — spring, sum­mer, au­tumn or win­ter — most ap­peals to you and res­onates with your char­ac­ter. You may like an­other pal­ette as well, which is quite com­mon. For in­stance, I’m a spring per­son­al­ity in the main, but I also like the strong shades of the au­tumn look, so that’s my sub­or­di­nate pal­ette,” says Robin­son.

“You can mix any two to­gether quite suc­cess­fully, Once you’ve iden­ti­fied which sea­son you are, or the sea­son you want your room to feel like, the choices you make in terms of colour pal­ette, fab­rics, ac­ces­sories and fur­ni­ture flow much more eas­ily. The re­sult is a room that feels as good as it looks.”

If spring is your colour per­son­al­ity...

Light and bright sum up the spring pal­ette, and for this colour per­son­al­ity type Robin­son says: “You’re the sort of per­son who’s en­er­getic, young at heart and op­ti­mistic with a pos­i­tive out­look. You love any­thing cute. “You favour warm and clear colours. You’ll em­brace new de­sign, so styling will feel mod­ern yet wel­com­ing and, as a fea­ture, you like busy prints burst­ing with pat­tern and en­ergy. Clean lines, pale wood or painted fur­ni­ture ap­peal, as does a lit­tle sparkle from glass and glossy sur­faces, com­ple­mented by smooth, shiny tex­tures.”

If sum­mer is your colour per­son­al­ity...

“If you’re grace­ful, el­e­gant and re­served in char­ac­ter, then you be­long to the sum­mer colour tribe,” says Robin­son. “You have a love of na­ture and your over­all look is un­der­stated, never showy, with muted, sub­tle colours and painterly, flow­ing pat­terns. “You can in­ter­pret it in a soft, ro­man­tic, floaty way, but with a touch of for­mal­ity and sym­met­ri­cal ar­range­ments and struc­ture. At­tracted by tra­di­tion, you’ll of­ten look to the past for in­spi­ra­tion for your look, and favour aged pati­nas and dis­tressed fin­ishes.”

If au­tumn is your colour per­son­al­ity...

“Au­tumn types are or­ganic, ro­bust and abun­dant,” de­clares Robin­son. “They’re pas­sion­ate peo­ple with a strong con­nec­tion to na­ture, at­tracted to rich colours and fur­ni­ture with a sub­stan­tial or textured feel. They want their spa­ces to feel wel­com­ing, cosy and re­laxed, so you’ll see lots of col­lec­tions of sen­ti­men­tal im­por­tance, and their love of art and ed­uca- tion means they’ll also have a li­brary of books on dis­play. Au­then­tic­ity is an im­por­tant el­e­ment for them, and they like a rus­tic style and any­thing cel­e­brat­ing crafts­man­ship and her­itage.”

If win­ter is your colour per­son­al­ity...

“You love drama and strong de­sign state­ments,” says So­phie. “You need your home to be a re­flec­tion of your self-as­sur­ance, and are likely to choose pi­o­neer­ing or iconic de­signs. Your colour pal­ette’s sharp, cool and bright, and you en­hance the ef­fect with strik­ing pat­terns, like geo­met­rics.

“In terms of style, there’s a cool­ness and at­ten­tion to de­tail through­out, and you’re drawn to the lat­est tech or lux­ury fur­nish­ings. This look can be in­ter­preted in a min­i­mal­ist way or with a dra­matic max­i­mal­ist scheme.”

Light and bright: So­phie Robin­son en­joys her favourite decor style in­clud­ing metal book­case, £895; glass de­canter, £30; vases from a se­lec­tion, from £15; can­de­labra, £25; eye rug, £350, all Habi­tat

Win­ter decor: ta­ble lamp, £140; book­case, £895; bot­tle vase, £45; white/black vase, £20; tall vase, £25; sofa, £1,700; blue or orange vel­vet cush­ion, £25; black/white cush­ion, £65; cof­fee ta­ble, £595; black/gold can­de­labra, £25 and £35; side ta­ble,...

Summer decor: shelv­ing unit, £325; planters, £60; vases, from £30; din­ing chairs, pair, £150; din­ing ta­ble, £695, all Habi­tat

Au­tumn decor: rug, £500; sofa, £1,500; cush­ion, £75; vases, from £30, all Habi­tat

Spring decor: print by Garima Dhawan, un­framed, £55; lamp, £25; cush­ion, £25, Habi­tat

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