Welcome to our new Design Insights interviews! For this special #LoveColour edition, we welcome contemporary interior designer Louise Gabrielle. With a focus on Scandinavian ideology, we couldn’t wait to hear about her creative world!
When it’s time to refresh your home, what’s your favourite colour to play with?
Soft sage green is always my go-to colour, combine with warm metallics and white marble to create a sophisticated palette. Green is understood to be the most restful and relaxing colour for the human eye to view which makes it the perfect hue to use, particularly in the bedroom.
Name a colour or hue that represents you!
Copper Blush – one of my all-time favourites. It is a mix of pastel pink with warm copper undertones. I am obsessed with in every form especially using it against rose gold tapware in the kitchen and bathroom to add another dimension to the space.
What’s your favourite in-style colour combination this season?
Coming out of 2016’s design shows, furniture design houses were using ‘ugly colour’ by upholstering their key pieces in jarring hues to showcase their latest collections. Ugly Colour is often used to describe clashing colours that are not seen to naturally work together. Often seen in the 60s and 70s, we are now giving the trend a modern jolt back to life by pairing back each colour to their pastel families.
Where do you tend to add a touch of colour in your home?
Living areas, including the lounge and bedroom, are key spaces to add colour by creating personality and warmth. I love to use cushions, throws and accessories to add a touch of colour without overwhelming the space, combined with complementing metallic hues.
What’s the best way to be bold and bright whilst remaining super-stylish with colours?
I love referencing nature when using colour in a space. This creates the perfect balance, marvelling in the intricacy of natural creation to inspire colour combinations which effortlessly sit with each other and remain super-stylish. The beach on a sunny winter’s day is one of my favourite references to use when designing – the soft pastel blue ocean mixed with dusty taupe sand, yellow sun haze and contrasting white flecks. The white contrast is key to toning down strong colour, particularly in Scandinavian design by adding white walls and natural timber flooring. Too much colour and busy colour combinations are often jarring, try to limit yourself to 1 or 2 colours.
Get some colour! On the topic on fun and funky colours… what’s your favourite from our new collection of bin colours?
Mineral Pink – An effortless and elegant way to add colour to your kitchen, combined with warm copper or cool chrome kitchen accessories. With Pantone’s ‘Rose Quartz’ Colour of the Year, you will be on trend with minimal effort. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.
Shamelessly bold prints or intricate patterns?
– Intricate patterns
Complementing or contrasting colour combinations?
– Complementing colour combination
Natural hues or bolshie brights?
– Natural hues
Bright and airy or cosy and atmospheric?
– Bright and airy
Thanks Louise! Don’t forget to give Louise a follow on Twitter for more of her interior inspirations!