04 Oct Colors of London
Down2earth’s interior design consultant, Jillian, shares with us her interior design inspiration from her summer travels. Enjoy!
Over the summer, I traveled to London with my family. We saw all the major tourist attractions and walked and wandered our way throughout the city. I love seeing new places, looking at the architecture and just taking in the vibe of a new city. But the thing that catches my eye the most when I travel? Color.
I’m a big fan of pops of color in my home and those color pops are what I’m drawn to while I’m taking in a city. I spotted lots of places in England doing it so well.
Notting Hill was our first stop — remember the movie with Hugh Grant and his house with the blue door? Colorful buildings are all over this part of town — whether the building itself is painted or it’s a bright color on just the front door.
A few days later, we went to Tower of London and found colorful doors there, too.
Painting your home or door a vibrant color is the equivalent of doing an accent wall in your living room. But what if you want interest and pop but are nervous to commit? I tell clients all the time that you’d be surprised how much color can be introduced into a neutral room through accessories alone — an accent pillow, a colorful vase, and a piece of art is often all you’ll need. So how does that translate into exteriors? Flowers! (Did you notice the red and pink flowers outside the blue homes in Notting Hill? Or the pink hydrangeas by the bright blue door at the Tower of London?)
Beautiful flowers, plants and gardens are an English specialty. After seeing Stonehenge, we stopped at this restaurant in Old Sarum. The window boxes against the neutral colored home along with the garden by the fence add up to absolute perfection. No need for any additional colors on this exterior. The flowers are definitely the “hero” of this place.
And while I typically partake in a minimal approach with adding in color to interiors so that the color that is there really does pop, there’s something to be said about the more is more approach, too.
I mean, come on. Stunningly beautiful.
So how to bring this inspiration into your own home? For a bold approach, accent walls with paint or wallpaper. Rich, deep colors help to emphasize brighter, smaller pops of color. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more subdued, colorful pillows, decorative items and accessories are the way to go.
Take note of the color of the books you have at home and try grouping them by color — it looks pretty but also helps make more of a statement with items you already have. Or try changing out a piece of artwork in a frame you currently have. We are fans of art from minted.com and also jennysprintshop.com. Minted allows you to shop by color which is so helpful when looking for that last piece that will tie the whole room together. And Jenny’s Print Shop sends you the digital files so you can print the art at whatever size and scale you’d like. Beautiful, colorful art is literally at your fingertips!
As temps get colder and winter is on its way, what better time to bring some color and brightness to your home? Tell us how you use color in your interior design ideas or for inspiration.