informs every area of our lives. From red ‘Stop’ signs to flashing blue police sirens, green traffic lights to blinking yellow Belisha beacons, our reactions to the colours we come into contact with on a daily basis are often instinctive and emotive; something we don’t even have to think about. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case when it comes to combining shades ourselves – whether it’s deciding what to wear, or, more crucially, decorating our homes, working out what could or should go together is often a tricky decision.
To help with this dilemma, this month we’ve come up with our first dedicated Colour section. Inside, you’ll find considered advice on what paint schemes work and why. We reveal how the Scandinavians are moving away from all things white and choosing brighter hues, and why 1970s shades are making a comeback. Plus, our resident colour expert Kassia St Clair explores how decorating with certain hues can affect your emotions.
However, this month’s issue is not only a celebration of colour. It’s also our annual examination of the world’s most beautiful small spaces – an acknowledgement that not all of us live in lofty mansions with high ceilings and expansive rooms, but instead have to come up with clever ways to make the most of what we’ve got.
Living, as I do, in a compact London apartment, the creative, space-savvy ideas used in this month’s properties have got me thinking. My DIY to-do list now includes adding more mirrored surfaces (see our Vigone home on p138) and trying out unexpected shades, like those in British designer Laura Fulmine’s home on p104. Whether it’s combining colours yourself or being brave with your own use of space, be inspired and be bold!
PS. Be sure to check out our new bathroom and tile range, now exclusively available at Bathstore. The ‘Transition’ collection by ELLE Decoration is a beautiful, curated edit of stylish products with which you can create a truly personal bathroom.