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Posted on 30.09.2018
The Rainbow Room
Colour is about expression and joy. It can create emotion and fill a room with atmosphere. It can make you feel proud and energised and happy. We all experience colour in such diverse and unique ways so it becomes very personal. Crown Paints approached us to show them how we interpret colour with paint and here is what happened, with some tips and paint effects to help you bring some flair into your own home with that most simple of changes, paint.
We always get excited when we get to play with colour. Colour has been an important part of our design business since we launched 5 years ago and, without even realising it, we became know for our signature use of colour. It is instinctive to us and it is often the starting point for any design project we take on. We love to meet a new client and start thinking about their personal colour palette.
Making Paint Personal
The brief was to express ourselves with colour – our personal approach to colour. The world can feel quite dark right now so we wanted to make a happy statement, one that expresses our strong belief in openness and diversity and connection. This is our expression of love in all its multi colours. Why choose just one colour to play with when you are given the opportunity to use several? So we immediately took the idea of a rainbow and picked colours that fit in with the standard make up of a rainbow, but with our personal twist. There are so many different reds and greens and yellows etc, so we loved looking outside the box and finding which of those colours stood out of the crown palettes, within that classic framework. Then we allowed ourselves to use each of those colours once within our design – The Rainbow Room. Because Love is Love, in all its beautiful diversity.
Choosing the colours was quite simple here because we had a strong framework in place and knew that we wanted to reflect the rainbow whilst giving it a twist.
We sketched the basic shapes we wanted in the space to create a modernist space and fleshed those shapes out with painted pattern using masking tape.
We created a gold leaf artwork as a focal point at the top of the stairs, giving the space a hyper real vibe
The colours shouldn't necessarily work all together but the way they each relate helps to unify the overall impact of the space.
Colour pairing is a great way to play with lots of different colours within one space. Does that red work with that lavender in its own right? Does that pale blue sit well with the added depth of the midnight navy? Does the pink, pop against that green?
Asking these questions and breaking down the colour choices into parts, helps to decide how each colour beds into the space, the junctions between the colours and the proportions of colour to use. The orange is used sparingly as the base note for the artwork, for example, but it still has major impact because of where it is placed in the space.
The overall image was created within a simple idea and framework but the overall impact is hopefully more than the sum of its parts and all done just with paint.
You can now watch the process and our thoughts on colour in this video.
The rainbow colours we used, for your reference, are as follows and can be found on the Crown website:
Red – Quick Kiss
Orange – Dance Fever
Yellow – Sunrise
Green – Secret Escape
Blue – Powder Blue
Indigo – Midnight Navy
Violet – Lavender Cupcake