Embrace your dark side with Nature as Art
When I started looking at the new colours released by the major paint companies last quarter, I would never have thought to put a dramatic off-black with a design so feminine and gentle as Nature as Art, but opening the delicious Obsidian Green paint pot from Little Greene, I immediately saw that green-black pop out from within the foliage of our gorgeous softly handled roses and the wonderful possibilities.
The whole ‘dark’ thing has been in vogue for the past couple of years, and I love it when lit up with metallic and hot colour accents, but I know that many people cannot contemplate an entirely dark interior.
Pairing a colour like Obsidian Green or Paean Black from Farrow & Ball with our delicate expressive floral, Nature as Art, gives you a timeless, dramatic and utterly sophisticated look. The prettiness of the floral element is balanced with the drama of the dark and the result is much more masculine and cool. Strictly speaking Obsidian Green isn’t a new colour, but it forms part of the new ‘Greens’ collection produced in collaboration with the National Trust.
We have paired it with the neutral James White from Farrow & Ball. A creamy off white, with a fresh green under tone, the greens link across the paint colours, creating a tranquil feel. Although the look is dramatic and sophisticated, there is nothing cold about this scheme, green naturally comforts, whilst the intensely vibrant pops of hot pink and cobalt within Nature as Art inject energy and life.
Nature as Art is largely made up of cool, chalky greys and pastel blues, but with its pops of heady hot pink, ultramarine, violet and aqua; it can be styled in so many different ways.
Depending on how you want to accessorise the look, you can dial up the energy by focussing on hot pink elements such as this striking Wisteria table lamp in green glass and fuchsia silk shade by Pooky, or go dramatic and dark by working it with blacks and off-black pieces, like this really rather gorgeous black lacquered and brass Peking cocktail table by Jonathan Adler from Pad Lifestyle. Pair it with strong, uplifting blues, to create a more classically elegant look, this vibrantly coloured Holly corner sofa from sofa.com in Prussian blue cotton velvet is perfect …. or if you want something more ‘safe’ style with pale grey and pastel accessories.
“When you are investing in high-end decorative fabric, an elegant curtain pole is an absolute must.”
Naxos in black distressed silver
When you are investing in high-end decorative fabric, an elegant curtain pole is an absolute must for your curtains. We love all of Byron & Byron curtain poles and accessories, and it’s hard to choose just one, on the mood-board we have brought in a peony finial in burnished gold from our favourite collection, Floral Romantics. If you are going for a more masculine look, we would recommend a Greek Key style like this Naxos finial one from their Decorative Classics collection. This is finished in black distressed silver, or you can have one finished in your own custom colour. All Byron & Byron’s poles and accessories are hand-made and finished in their workroom in North London.
On the mood-board
Nature as Art on our cotton silk fabric. This is a lovely mix of 60% cotton and 40% silk with a great weight, it is especially lovely on cushions, lampshades and throws. Wallpaper is print to order and comes in a 70cm wide width.
Little Greene – Obsidian Green
Farrow & Ball - James White
Byron & Byron - Peony finial in burnished gold from the Floral Romantics Collection
James Hare - Connaught silk in Morandi Grey