Colour Science

Colour Theory

By 21 November 2018 No Comments
Gladio wall with multi coloured chaise in front and magenta bougainvillea

Colour Theory

As designers of textiles, colour is essential to Blendworth’s design process, changing the entire look and feel of a fabric depending on the colours used.

By Yasmin Smith, Senior Designer at Blendworth

Colour is traditionally used to evoke a feeling in interiors and to stimulate the senses. From creating atmosphere with dark and rich pigment to in-sighting a sense of serenity with neutral and chalky pastels.

Each colour palette used in a collection is thoughtfully researched and considered before being translated into our designs, it is not uncommon to go through many phases and changes before settling on a particular set of pigments. Our colour palettes tend to be striking and varied, each one offering something different to the last. Every design in our collections are offered in an array of both bright and vivid colour alongside the soft and neutral which are essential to nearly all interior schemes, by doing this we hope to be able to offer something for every colour preference in our collections.

It is vital that each colour is harmonious with the next, to be too jarring can throw off the balance of a design and similarly, can be unsettling to the viewer. We use the basic principles of the colour wheel in our studio to ensure that our colours sit well together, regularly adding a contrasting shade as an accent, which is a great way to create interest and something that can translate well into colour schemes for the home, especially when using the colours of paint and fabrics together.

Arguably some of the the most popular colours in paint and fabric are calm and neutral, they are the kind of colours used in their multitudes in interiors, often the basis of a room set scheme, creating the perfect ‘blank canvas’ for a pop of contrasting colour. Every shade in the the new and updated range of paints from Marston & Langinger are perfect for putting these theories into practice.

Inevitably, colour is personal to the person decorating. I myself, have a penchant for all things maximalist, using prints and paints in peacock blues and fuchsia pinks alongside teal greens with accents of ochre yellow and metallic gold. For me this creates a warmth in my home and a sense of joy when I walk into a room. For those a little less brave and confident with their colour choices, a great way to choose colour for surrounding walls is by picking an accent colour from the fabrics in the room. Demonstrated in the images here, it is clear how taking a colour from the design can create a cohesive look, but also how the colour chosen can drastically change the feel of a room.

By using a soft blue like Deep Teal alongside our Jaipur fabric in Kingfisher, has created a fresh and playful feel to the room. In contrast to this, a dark colour such as Graphite Grey evokes drama and is the perfect backdrop for a vivid fabric such as this beautiful green velvet and statement print cushion in our Llewellyn velvet in midnight.

Each of the fabrics shown here alongside the Marston & Langinger Paints are part of Blendworth’s Library and Emporium collections and can be viewed on our website.

Gladio wall with multi coloured chaise in front and magenta bougainvillea

Blendworth Design: Mauve Pixie | Wall Paint: Gladio

Painted sheet edges stacked in a scattered pile

Painted Sheets

Ochre with Blendworth chair and patterned print cushion

Blendworth Designs: Alder Archives | Wall Paint: Ochre

Hessian with poster and blue glassware

Wall Paint: Hessian

Green sofa with cushion and green plant in front of graphite grey wall

Blendworth Pillow Design: Llewellyn Midnight | Wall Paint: Graphite Grey

Deep teal with Blendworth's Chair and patterned arms

Blendworth Design: Jaipur | Wall Paint: Deep Teal