The vibrant new Bohemian collection by Vanessa Arbuthnott was the inspiration behind this week’s Palette Addict post. I wanted to feature this room because I think it’s an excellent example of how to decorate with a contrasting colour palette. A contrasting colour scheme is when you use two hues that are opposite one another on the colour wheel, such as pink and green in this case. By placing opposite hues together in a scheme they become more vibrant and striking, just as the raspberry zings against the cooling apple green wall in this living space. It’s a common misconception that contrasting colour schemes result in loud and dramatic rooms, while this is true when using two dark and intense shades together, you can create a softer contrasting scheme with lighter shades of the same hues. Finally, limit the use of pattern in a contrasting scheme as the tension created between the opposing colours shouldn’t be crowded by too much visual noise – a simple ticking stripe works well here as it echoes the wood panelled wall. Have you ever decorated with a contrasting colour palette?
// Photography by Vanessa Arbuthnott | Bohemian Collection: Sofa, Plain-47, £42/mtr; Cushions (l-r), French Ticking-37-45, £45/mtr, For The Love of Rose-37-45, £48/mtr