What’s your home office like? Perhaps calling it a home office is laughable because you’re currently working from a tiny corner of your studio apartment. Or, perhaps you do have a dedicated room for working in. Either way, the place we create for ourselves to work in is really important – and, ultimately, it needs to inspire us to deliver our best work and creativity. Naturally, I lean towards bright and vibrant schemes when looking for home office inspiration and I’m currently pulling my workspace together; it’s based on the same colours as this home office scheme but uses them in a very different way (more on that soon!). This energising yellow and pink home office is a clever design move because it echoes the colour scheme of the room seen through the archway beside it. The living room has been decorating with a pastel palette of candy colours such as ice cream pink and primrose yellow. However, in the foreground we see the home office, which references the colours of the main space but flips the shades to their most saturated state. This shift in shade zones this part of the space as a new area that has a different function, but it doesn’t make the open plan space feel disjointed because the colours remain from the same palette. It’s an inspiring example of how colour can be used to visually create rooms within rooms and gets a big thumbs up from Mr. B! What do you think of this palette, folks?
// Photography by BHG
As the seasons change and the days draw longer I’m forever guilty of continually dreaming about an escape to a beachside home that’s been decorated in a cool palette of milky white hues punctuated with refreshing accent colours. The mint green splashback in this kitchen is reflective of that dream: I’d love to walk into this space, kick off my flip flops and brush the sand off from between my toes, before heading over to the fridge and enjoying a cooling glass of fresh lemonade. OK, so this dream might be a long shot but there’s no denying the understated beauty of this kitchen’s design. The introduction of the mint hue in the splashback is a great example of how to invite colour into a pared-back palette without straying too far into an overtly bright scheme. The result is a scheme that still feels light and airy but with a gentle change in shade and colour that creates a much more interesting space than an all-white palette. Do you have any mint green accents in your home? Are you mad about mint, too?!
// Photography by Aimée Herring © Filipacchi Publishing | via
When it comes to bringing colour into an arresting industrial space of lofty proportions it can be a difficult task, after all you don’t want to deter from the striking beauty of the building’s physical features. It’s in these spaces that colour can be used for dual purpose – to gently soften the harder industrial textures while highlighting the tones and shapes of the buildings architecture. You can see how colour has been used to this end here through a few clever tricks: the tufted rug hung on the wall reflects the cool grey concrete floor but still ties into the black wall behind it thanks to darker threads woven through it. Meanwhile, the textile accessories and pillows on the sofas are predominately teal and navy colours, which are a softer take on the black walls yet don’t stray too far from the palette. This prevents the coloured accessories from becoming the focus of the space, instead they simply complement the rich and dramatic black walls that emphasise the building’s form. The lavender rug is just the dash of femininity the spaced needed to throw the look off – if all the colours had been deep, moody and industrial then the scheme would risk looking forced or twee, but this delicate introduction of hue breaks the flow nicely. What do you like about this space, folks?
// Photography by Felix Forest | Dina Broadhurst | via The Design Chaser