Taking inspiration from this season's newest paint colours

Hello and welcome to the first post of my brand new blog. Throughout my posts you will get a look at what inspires me, my design process, the stories behind my designs, how to style using our designs and general interiors news.

In this post we take a look at 5 brand new key paint colours and show you how to use these to create an autumnal decor scheme alongside our ‘London Winter Sunset’ design.

Clockwise from Bottom Left - Elephant’s Breath  - Farrow & Ball,  Spiced Honey  - Dulux, Paean Black and  Rangwali  - Farrow & Ball,  Obsidian Green  - Little Greene,  Sulking Room Pink  - Farrow & Ball

Clockwise from Bottom Left - Elephant’s Breath - Farrow & Ball, Spiced Honey - Dulux, Paean Black and Rangwali - Farrow & Ball, Obsidian Green - Little Greene, Sulking Room Pink - Farrow & Ball

This is the time of year when the paint companies launch new colours and some announce a colour of the year, so we’ve been having a lovely look at our favourite colours from our favourite companies and seeing how they style with Salon Libertine London designs. The possibilities are pretty endless and makes me want to redecorate everything right now, so we worked hard to prioritise!

We selected just 5 colours from Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Little Greene, and although we chose these independently of one another, they all work absolutely perfectly together. I don’t know if this is just coincidence or maybe those clever people at the paint companies are really all working on the same design trends.

This season’s favourites….

Spiced Honey from Dulux – Also their Colour of the Year 2019

Rangwali, Sulking Room Pink, Paean Black – Farrow & Ball

Obsidian Green – Little Greene, from their new collaboration with the National Trust

We also selected one key neutral that works with all. I know that when I help clients with décor schemes, through our sister company, Victoria Hill Bespoke Soft Furnishings, they get really lost with the amount of choice available, especially when it comes to picking a neutral. We found that the warmth of ‘Elephant’s Breath’, from Farrow & Ball, works beautifully works with all our chosen colours.

photo by Dulux

photo by Dulux

Let’s start with Spiced Honey from Dulux. We weren’t too sure when we opened the paint pot, it looked a lot less ‘honey’ than we were expecting, more like a rather too dark foundation colour, but it really came into its own set alongside the pinks and darks. In fact it works beautifully with all our favourite colours from Little Greene and Farrow and Ball’s latest offerings. Spiced Honey is actually much more of a warm, luscious caramel ochre colour than the name suggests, it just makes me want to snuggle under one of our velvet throws and eat chocolate. Dulux describe it as a signalling positivity, purpose and transformation, I’m not sure that I know about that…., but it is definitely extremely versatile, almost like a neutral, warm and timeless.

With a collection that contains pink in every one of our designs, it’s no surprise that we selected not just one but 2 pinks. The two brand new pinks by Farrow & Ball are absolutely delicious -  Rangwali and Sulking Room Pink. They are true modern pinks.

Sulking Room Pink…oh what a name….is named after the French ‘Bouder’ to sulk and conjures up images of an 18th or 19th Century boudoir… It is a soft muted powdery rose, warm and comforting it combines perfectly with Spiced Honey, to  create a gentle, reassuring, vintage-feel interior.

Swapping Sulking Room Pink with Rangwali, immediately makes the scheme more uplifting and contemporary. This is because Rangwali is a more powerful and vital pink, described by its creators as ‘exotic and adventurous’. It takes its name from the powder which is thrown during the Holi festival of colours in India. It is a thoroughly grown-up pink achieved by the addition of a small dose of black pigment and it’s no wonder that I immediately fell in love with it, with my passion for ‘Indian Pink’.

photo by Little Greene

photo by Little Greene

For a really dramatic and and original look, we suggest adding dark colours, either in the form of accents or as a full compliment to any of the pinks or Spiced Honey. The first of our selected darks is Obsidian Green,  a stunning off-black, which is part of the new range of greens from Little Greene, produced in collaboration with the National Trust.  This collection incorporates 20 National Trust-derived greens, alongside 11 of Little Greene’s most important greens from their archive.

photo by Farrow and Ball

photo by Farrow and Ball

Our second colour is the striking off-black Paean Black from Farrow & Ball. This red-based black is deeply elegant, but absolutely not cold. For me there is something slightly decadent about these darks and they both work impeccably with the pinks or spiced honey, creating depth, drama and a distinguished contemporary feel.  

If you are a nervous decorator, why not add the darks just as an accent to a dado rail for example. Or if you are more of the ‘go bold or go home’ school of design, and have a room with a high ceiling, painting the ceiling/the ‘5th wall’, in a dark creates an absolutely incredible impact, especially if you have a fabulous glistening chandelier hanging from it.


Styling ‘London Winter Sunset’ to create an autumnal interior decor scheme

Clockwise from top left: Paint -  Elephant’s Breath, Farrow & Ball,  Paint (on wood)  Paean Black, Farrow & Ball,  Fabric  -London Winter Sunset on cotton velvet, Salon Libertine London,  Hold-back  - The Bradley Collection - Brass Toned,  Paint -  Spiced Honey, Dulux,  Leather -  Bentley Cognac,   Hide, Wallpaper  - London Winter Sunset, Salon Libertine London.

Clockwise from top left: Paint - Elephant’s Breath, Farrow & Ball, Paint (on wood) Paean Black, Farrow & Ball, Fabric -London Winter Sunset on cotton velvet, Salon Libertine London, Hold-back - The Bradley Collection - Brass Toned, Paint - Spiced Honey, Dulux, Leather - Bentley Cognac, Hide,Wallpaper - London Winter Sunset, Salon Libertine London.

A key part of our blog will be sharing mood-boards of our designs with different paint colours and accessories. Finding the right design to create an autumnal scheme was easy, with its rich brown-reds, oranges, and a golden light, ‘London Winter Sunset’ was perfect. This design was inspired by the wondrously luminous and brightly coloured skies that we are starting to see at this time of year. Always cold and crisp in feeling, these are set alight with fiery accents of pink, orange, yellow, red, purple…. Inspired by Turner’s skies, this design is both classic, a skyscape will never date, and contemporary, owing to the boldness of the colour accents used.

 In our mood board we show the design on our luscious British cotton velvet and our wallpaper. We have worked this with Spiced Honey and dramatic Paean Black. With its undertones of red and purple, Paean Black serves to bring out those same elements within the fiery winter sunset. Whilst the caramel of Spiced Honey harmonises with the oranges and brownish reds.  Finally, 'Elephant’s Breath enhances the scheme, its earthy warmth complimenting the cosiness of the Spiced Honey. The result is deeply elegant, but absolutely not cold.

In terms of dressing the scheme, that of course depends on whether you want to create a contemporary or traditional feeling. All our designs can work in either style, simply depending on you, and this is something that we will be regularly exploring throughout our blog. I would, however, definitely recommend metallic accents whichever way you go. I always I gravitate towards metallics for the contrasts they create and the depth and interest that they add. On our mood board we brought in a soft sheen brass metal. This is the perfect contrast to light up the darkness of Paean Black and adds further to the warmth of the scheme. Shown here is a hold-back in ‘brass toned’ from The Bradley Collection’s Steel range. I would also suggest adding a leather element in the form of seating or an ottoman. We have selected a rich leather in Bentley Cognac from Hide. Adding different textures is one of the best ways to add warmth and interest to a scheme.

The overall look is confident, elegant and distinguished, slightly masculine, but absolutely warm and comforting. I call this is a classic contemporary style which is very versatile and can be styled-up to look more eclectic and boho, or dressed down in a more restrained way, to suit a wonderfully traditional interior.

In our next blog posts we will be looking at combining some of these paint colours on mood-boards for Valerie and Nature as Art.