Neptune have revealed their new Spring colour for 2020; Saffron.
My avid followers will know that I hinted at this in my blog of January 16.
It is now official.
Neptune’s publication, Stories, introduced the new hue.
“Our first ‘true’ yellow, Saffron offers a subtle sunniness that was very much inspired by our wish to develop a collection of subdued neutrals akin to those seen in archetypal Belgian interiors. To act as a foil against these neutrals though, we felt a more pigmented hue would help, and so blended a traditional yellow similar to what you might see in a British heritage property. To help it feel more contemporary, we suggest pairing it with Salt, but all spring and summer long, we’ll be presenting it in various schemes to inspire your own decorating projects.”
I wonder if yellow will become the new grey? It is certainly a possibility.
Monday has received some very bad press this past week. It is perceived as one of the most depressing days of the year due to the post-Christmas blues. We are given to believe that credit card debt, festive weight gain, and the long wait to the next pay day adds up to “Blue Monday”.
Personally I would rather not dwell on the negative aspects of the new year but embrace what it has to throw at us.
Pantone has announced this year’s colour as Classic Blue and, as such, my mailbox has been full of positive spins on this timeless tone.
Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year is Classic Blue.
Pantone announced that its 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. “It’s a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, which selects the Color of the Year.
The Selection Process
The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences.
This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.
Houseology have described Classic Blue as
A timeless and enduring hue, Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity, from dusky skies to indigo oceans, Classic Blue evokes a sense of stylish serenity. Cool, calm and confident, Pantone’s Classic Blue hue is a universal favourite, a shade sure to make an impact on fashion, interior design and textiles alike…
Pantone’s 2020 Colour of the Year is Classic Blue. A calming, confident hue used to create a foundation to build from in this new decade. Whether you’re ready to go bold or prefer a muted outlook, we have a blue for you.
Here’s how Garden Trading suggest you use blue hues in your home:
Extend to exteriors; blue works just as well outdoors to add a welcoming brightness to your home Colour pop; just a hint can bring colour to any room Tactile textures; ease into adding blue without the commitment Go bold; choose a feature wall and dive right in Mix it up; pair with warm neutrals and soft woods for a more muted look
Discover our best-loved blues
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Today’s bright blue skies go a long way to bringing cheer to this otherwise bleak time of year giving a whole new meaning to The Blues!
My decorative theme this year is very much about bringing the outside in…
Ornamental birds, stags, polar bears, and hares adorn the surfaces, whilst leaves, twigs, and flowers are found on the curtains, tablecloths, and cushions.
The colours of the golden beech tree’s leaves are replicated in the porch with the installation of these Neptune pillar candles. Alongside an oil based Huxley Reed Diffusor emits a subtle blend of landscape scent from a gorgeous matte brown glass bottle. The simple handmade willow wreath was my first attempt at this particular craft.
This natural theme extends into the entrance hall. Here I have used this stunning brown/cream Indigo & Rose throw and cushion to dress my John Sankey slipper chair. The orange rug from Ikea and lampshade from RHS Wisley add a cheerful glow to this otherwise subdued scheme.
On the window cill in the background an Ikea glass vase is filled to the brim with a combination of green, yellow, and orange painted baubles and a wooden star wreath. A choir of angels play their version of “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” when the music box on which they stand is wound up.
Leading from the hall are the lounge and the dining room. The colours in each are quite different although both rooms are south facing so both enjoy the benefit of the low winter sunshine when it chooses to appear.
In the lounge I have chosen a frosty white colour scheme with highlights of forest green and gold. The handmade paper pinwheels, interspersed with a ski-holiday themed paper chain, set the scene. Fastened to the beams above the fireplace their shapes reflect in the two above-mantle mirrors.
The dining room is dressed with red patterned fabrics in the form of a table cloth, runner, and curtains. The Christmas tree is covered with a mix of gold decorations, white berries, and fir cones (both real and faux).
Red Amaryllis bulbs planted in glass storm lanterns are beginning to shoot out and will hopefully be in flower over the next week or so.
Gold, white, and silver painted fir cones add decoration to glass domes and dishes placed on shelves in the dining room.
Faux stems of Eucalyptus and silver painted berries sit happily side-by-side in this lovely storm lantern. These, and the wintry characters on skis, add a hint of the season to the upstairs landing.
With skiing in mind I have converted my home studio to a “cosy mountain lodge” for the duration of the holiday.
My voluntary work with my local Wildlife Trust enabled me to cut my own pine trees to put in pots outside the window. A toboggan and penguin sit outside the door to evoke a sense of a winter wonderland.
Inside the “lodge” sheepskin rugs and large scatter cushions provide a warm welcome. An ornamental antelope’s head on the wall, and a frosty white tree decorated with glass icicles, are both in keeping with the mid-winter story that is being created here.
I hope you are enjoying the loveliness of the season too and wish you much happiness into the new year and beyond.
The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour pulled out all the stops to host a Christmas Design Day on Monday this week.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
The central atrium had been transformed into to a snowy wonderland with snow laden fir trees and garlands of snow balls cascading from the glass dome.
DCCH Winter Wonderland
The main foyer continued the winter wonderland theme with its ski resort backdrop for diners. Anyone for a hot chocolate?
Christmas Design Day in aid of Screw Cancer
The day was packed with events to entice people to the centre to help raise awareness of cancer charity, SCREW CANCER.
The vision of designer William Yeoward, who had lived with cancer until his untimely passing in June 2019, Screw Cancer’s mission is to help cancer patients find clarity through their own journey.
With the aid of the Screw Cancer App cancer sufferers can store information specific to their illness in a single place on their phone.
Many of the showrooms at DCCH welcomed visitors to a day of talks, demonstrations, workshops, and delicious cuisine.
Floral Inspiration at Colefax & Fowler
I made an early start so that I could attend a demonstration hosted by The Odd Flower Company at the Colefax & Fowler studio. With Bucks Fizz in one hand and a notebook in the other I avidly watched the creation of this fabulous floral centrepiece.
My next stop on the ground floor was to Kvadrat’s showroom where we were promised the opportunity to create a Danish Pleated Christmas Heart from recycled fabric.
I can’t say this was my strength, but resident expert, Nicolina, handled the class incredibly well ensuring that everyone had a heart, or two, to take home.
Pleated Danish Hearts
Sadly, I could not spend the whole day at this tremendously special event but before I left I popped into Fox Linton to check out their Christmas Wreath Making workshop.
Stepping inside the showroom I was immediately overwhelmed by the evocative aromas of fresh spruce, pine and fir. What a fabulous way to while away an hour or so.
The afternoon programme looked just as enticing with a packed programme of tours, crafts, and the opportunity to learn new skills.
Everywhere I look I see images of interiors decorated in daringly dark colours, mostly to great effect.
It takes a huge leap of faith to paint a wall, ceiling, or even a whole room in a deep tone so it is perhaps worth considering a more restrained approach.
Inky blues and charcoal greys have proved very popular, particularly in Scandi and mid-century schemes. I have, however, enjoyed the more recent emergence of charred-wood browns and forest greens.
In my own home I’ve not had the courage to paint whole walls in dramatic colours as I think it would make it feel too depressing with its low ceilings and small windows.
I fully support the Farrow & Ball philosophy that sometimes painting a small, poorly lit room, in a deep dark colour can have the effect of creating a cosy, cocoon-like space. In some instances this is indeed far more successful than trying to make it into something that it is not ie. bright and airy.
For a mere mortal like myself I have settled for splashing the dark shades around in a more refrained manner.
A favourite example of this is my lovely old clock which sits beside a pretty little wardrobe in my hallway. Both are finished in Neptune’s Walnut eggshell whilst the walls against which they are set are painted in Fired Earth’s While Mulberry matt emulsion.
Leading off from the hallway is my dining room which I only recently restyled. I invested in these OKA Stafford dining chairs in Charcoal velvet to compliment my John Sankey slipper chair. The overall effect is that of a more cohesive scheme.
Once again the walls are finished in White Mulberry to ensure that the dark colours do not overpower the room.
Green is considered to be a restful colour which makes it ideal for a bedroom. I’m not sure that this theory applies to the current fashion for Forest green which is a dark hue commonly found in nature. The almost black background of this bedding below adds an air of intrigue to this otherwise calm scheme.
Taking this a step further the en-suite bathroom very much embraces shades of black. Whilst the flooring is a checker board of black and white vinyl the Clawfoot bath is painted in Farrow & Ball’s lead grey Down Pipe.
I’m really happy with my choices but realise there is certainly scope for being a bit more adventurous. That said, at least I can see the spiders against the light coloured back drop!