DEC­O­RAT­ING WITH BOLD COLOUR

Ra a Dog­gard talks us through her love of vi­brant dec­o­rat­ing schemes and ex­plains how her trav­els have guided her home

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - HOMES -

How have your trav­els in­spired the vivid shades of your home?

The colours in the house map our trav­els in In­dia, Pak­istan, Iran, Morocco and the Far East. The warm hues of the spice mar­kets and the bright­ness of Ra­jasthani saris in­spired ‘ The Red Bed­room’ – I think the wall­pa­per is even named a !er one of the north In­dian cities. The ochre of the draw­ing room is taken from the desert land­scapes of Jaipur and Jodh­pur, while ‘ The Blue Bed­room’ harks back to the won­der­ful Moroc­can city of Che­fchaouen with its azure build­ings. The only English colour ref­er­ence is in the green li­brary!

Do you have any tips for com­bin­ing colour­ful interiors with an­tiques?

against ochre as it re­ally brings out the in­lay, and red is a great foil for oak and lac­quer. I also love dis­play­ing art against strong colours.

What would be your ad­vice to any­one who’s ner­vous of us­ing bold colours?

When de­cid­ing which colour to go for in a cer­tain room of the house, I’m to­tally in­stinc­tive – I "nd that when I’m in the room, it sud­denly calls for a cer­tain style. But I would say, don’t be scared to do your own thing. If you’re in need of some in­spi­ra­tion, go trav­el­ling and see what gives you a buzz. For me, it’s warm, com­fort­ing colours and, luck­ily, the pro­por­tions of this home suit them well. Dark mar­quetry fur­ni­ture looks great

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