As someone who literally lives in “fashion black” the fact that my home is a riot of colour can come as a bit of a surprise. But each room bursts with a vibrant palette of blues, greens, reds and yellows. And yes, it all happens by accident.
As a vintage collector I have, over the last decade, filled my home with treasures unearthed at car boot sales, flea markets and charity shops. Because so many of these finds are different colours, inevitably my rooms became a mass of rainbow brights.
So when I decorate, I don’t have a specific colour theme in mind. I don’t think “I’m going to have a blue bedroom or a green kitchen” and I don’t chose a wall colour because it matches a painting or a sofa. Instead I build a room around my favourite pieces and just throw them all in together. If something doesn’t quite work then I’ll try it in a different room.
I do like to have pops of the same colour around the room. For example, in my bedroom a wonderful 1950s chest of drawers, picture frame and a duvet cover in yellow help draw your eye around the space.
I know so many people are afraid to use bright and bold colours in their home, but painting a feature wall in a fabulous deep blue, or kitchen units in a playful red add instant interest to. And let’s face it, if it’s only a tin of paint it didn’t set you back too much money and you can easily cover with something a little “our there” it if you hate the results!