THE PAL­ETTE

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A rus­set shade in the front sit­ting room, that the home­own­ers had fallen in love with and Maria de­scribes as a ‘ burnt rose’, was the in­spi­ra­tion for the house’s colour scheme. Af­ter a day spent look­ing through the Retrou­vius ar­chive, they chose a turmeric tint to go with it. ‘They wanted the house to feel cosy and moody, but these two colours are a strong con­trast, so we had to find some in­be­tween shades to link them,’ says Maria. The chalky mauve walls in the hall­way, the cream fur­nish­ings in the liv­ing room and the ‘ bruised apri­cot’ shades in the up­stairs bed­rooms all cre­ate calm pause points. This bal­ance of warm and cool hues was echoed in other ways. Woods – in­clud­ing re­claimed iroko fur­ni­ture and ma­hogany par­quet floor­ing – make the spicier colours glow, while lots of trop­i­cal plants act as a palate cleanser and a fur­ther nod to the 1970s trend. ‘The green­ery helps to bal­ance ev­ery­thing out,’ ex­plains Maria, ‘so the house feels rich with­out be­ing clut­tered.’ retrou­vius.com

THE OWN­ERS CHOSE A COLOUR SCHEME THAT COM­BINES CHALKY MAUVE, RUS­SET AND RICH YEL­LOW

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