COLOUR

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Decorration - Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

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.

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