Archive for: November, 2013


It’s always nice to happen upon a scheme that uses an enveloping dark base palette, especially in a bedroom because it makes for a lovely cocooning feel. As this space proves, an all over dark bedroom needn’t feel, well, dark! In fact, with carefully layered brights dark decorating schemes can feel lively and festive. In this loft space we can see how a printed, antique-effect fabric has been juxtaposed with a neon wool to hang it from the dark wall behind the bed. This helps to break up a large expanse of painted brick wall; the wool hanging down the side helps to frame the fabric as it provides visual bang against the dark background. Colour block bedding also helps to bring colourful cheer to the space while also drawing the eye downwards making the high-ceiling room feel more intimate and cosy. I love that this bold and darkly decorated bedroom becomes a riot of colour and interested texture thanks to layer accessories and textiles. What do you like about the marriage of dark and brights in they bedroom scheme?

// Photography by Woodsfolk, via


I have a confession to make. It’s been more than four years since I first felt my heart flutter with excitement at the sight of this hue, and no matter what I do I just can’t quit you. Yellow, you are my colour drug! Whether you layer one of your gently weathered shades into an industrial scheme, provide a contrasting accent to a monochromatic room or bring a glossy pop of playful lemon to a space, you always give Mr. Bazaar the colour high he craves everyday. You pair beautifully with graphic patterns, ironically softening them despite your vivacious characteristics; work wonders when framed in a formal setting and then called upon as a reference point for layered accessories; and are versatile enough to hit the right notes whether used in country or coastal homes. You’re so darn good I can’t imagine life without you – truth be told, I wouldn’t even want to. Yellow, here’s to you, me and one bright addiction!

// Photography by 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The last twelve months has seen the colour yellow enjoy a surge in popularity and is now found gracing many an interior collection both on an off the high street. As a certified Yellow Addict this has only brought a smile to Mr. Bazaar’s face, but readers often ask me for more ideas on how they can bring this sunshine hue into their own homes. So, today’s Three Ways post is dedicated to this topic: how to ace yellow decor in your kitchen.
First up is this warehouse space in London that details a yellow colour blocked wall which serves to zone that section of the open plan space. In some ways this block of yellow also works as a backdrop to the kitchenalia that hangs from the wall; it’s a frame to the contents of the kitchen. This is a clever way to introduce colour as it makes a feature out of an existing architectural element of the room – the yellow wall visually breaks the kitchen area from the rest of the staircase and hallway on either side.yellow-smeg-fridge-kitchen
The second idea is to bring a bold and bright introduction of yellow into a space through an appliance. Often we rush to conceal appliances for fear that they are ugly but with the right design they can be perfect for making a colour statement. I like how the bright yellow fridge’s retro design brings an element of surprise to an otherwise refined country-style kitchen – this is what makes the space memorable.yellow-kitchen-splashback
Finally, we travel to the Australian home of Katie Graham whose kitchen uses yellow accents to visually break the high kitchen cabinetry. If the splashback had been white then the cabinet and splashback would have blended into one resulting in a visually dull space; the introduction of yellow brings the feeling of space to the room as it gives depth to the white cabinets that dominate the space.three-ways-choice

My favourite is number two as I love the mix of refined and playful style. Which of the three takes on a yellow kitchen do you like best?

// Photography 1. Ikea Family Live | 2. Homes & Gardens, Simon Brown | 3. Design*Sponge, Derek Swalwell