How to use colour


Ever felt nervous at the prospect of using colour in your home? Don’t! Let us show you how it’s done…

Welcome back friends! How are you all? I hope that you’re keeping well and have had a chance to enjoy the glorious sunshine we’ve been having recently. You can probably tell that I’m feeling particularly chipper about this week’s blog post and when you scroll through the images, I’m sure you’ll see why. Last week on Instagram, our interior stylists, writers and styling assistants flooded the Stylists Army hashtag with brightly coloured images and playful shots based on our theme of colour.

If you’ve ever been nervous about using colour in your home, then never fear as our Inside Stylists are here to show you how it’s done. Whether you’re a die-hard colour maximalist, or prefer more subtle, soft hues, we have something for everyone.

Our participants this week show us how to style colour on looks, (such as @Jenny Branson Interiors’ fabulous bold red lip); style colour in unexpected ways (look out for @katehaynes wonderful green palm tree in her shot) and also how to style soft, calm colours (such as @amandarusselldesign’s beautiful still life).

So what are you waiting for? Get scrolling 🙂

How to use colour in a room. Books organised by colour underneath a print of Frida Kahlo
@thatssogemma
How to use colour in a room. Colourful floral print styled with some colourful books
@shireendd.stylist
How to use colour in a room. Beautiful garden flowers styled in an antique French bucket
@selinalake
How to use colour in a room with colourful vintage 70s platform shoes
@pettsounds
How to use colour in a room. Colourful abstract art installation using an art easel
@natashajacksoninteriors
How to use colour in your home. Sunny garden room featuring a colourful palm tree inside
@katehaynes
How to use colour in a room. Pink lampshade with black pompoms next to a bedroom dresser
@ahousewithnoname
How to use colour in a room with colourful Frida Kahlo prints.
@jessiecontos
How to use colour in a room. Selfie of a woman wearing bold red lipstick
@jenny.branson.interiors
How to use colour in a room. Colourful heart display made from paint swatches and fabric samples
@honeyinteriordesign
How to use colour in a room. Mid-century modern bed frame with blush pink and dark grey cushions
@henriettameyrick
How to use colour in a room. Beautiful pink flowers styled in front of a black dresser
@helslivedandloved
How to use colour in a room. Collection of colourful blue glassware
@emmamtstylist
How to use colour in a room. Colourful brunch of eggs on toast styled with seeds
@designbyportia
How to use colour in a room. Beautiful food styling of white sea salt in an overturned container
@curateddisplay
How to use colour in a room.Photograph of a woman with red hair standing in front of colourful azelea
@claireparkininteriors
How to use colour in a room. Bright yellow sofa styled with colourful blue cushions
@charlotteboydstylist, @idealhomeuk
How to use colour in a room. Reading chair with a bold blue pattern and monochrome cushion with a black silhouette
@charlottebeevor
How to use colour in a room. Window sill with colourful flowers displayed in glass vases
@aplacetogether
How to use colour in a room. Beautiful furniture up-cycling with colourful blue paint and a painted wall mural
@andreacurtisdesigns
How to use colour in a room. Floral artwork styled behind 3 vases and styled branches
@amandarusselldesign
How to use colour in a room. Living room featuring American flag and red, white and blue interior accessories
@alisonaddingstyle
How to use colour in a room. Fabulous colourful food styling on a hot pink tablecloth
@alexcrabtreepr
How to use colour in a room. Colourful abstract artwork styled with small pottery vases
@_lynsey_fox_
How to use colour in a room. Living room styled in soft pink hues
@_bellaspink_

One of my favourite things about doing these posts each week is seeing how differently everyone responds to the theme. I’m also starting to recognise the styling in each image and so can usually guess who has posted the picture before I read their name. Are you finding that too? I love that everyone has a ‘style personality’, a bit like a unique fingerprint. Which leads me nicely on to my next point…

Next week’s post is the theme of ‘selfie’! That means we get to put a face to the posts and see our interior stylists, writers and styling assistants in the flesh. It’s a brilliant way to get to know them more so please do drop by again to say hello.

If you’d like to join in yourself, then please do! We will be posting images on the theme of ‘paper’ by the time you read this, as we will be in week 9 (week 9 already! Can you believe it?!)

Stylist's Army weekly themes

Stay safe everyone and look forward to seeing you again next week,

Claire Parkin Interiors Signature

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