This month has been cold. I don’t know about you, but when the weather gets cold I just want to surround myself in rich colours; the thought of a white on white house makes me shiver (with cold, discontent, restlessness … etc.). Having said that, I think there are certain rooms that suit being wintery and snug all year, and others that work as lovely crisp, clarified spaces even in the cold. Part of this relates to the room’s use, and the other part relates to its aspect. A bright, white kitchen flooded in winter sun works. A deep, dark tv room tucked away from the blazing summer heat is a complete retreat. I am definitely one for colour eccentricity, and I think a house in many colours can be just as coherent as one that shuns them all. The most important thing is to make each colour suit its room and function, and after that, anything goes.
Of course there are a few underlying rules that make the whole situation a little easier to approach than an open slather of endless options. To me, a sunless room always works in sumptuous colours, whilst a naturally lit space can be almost anything it likes, but especially works in mid-light colours. Considering that this month we’re all about plum, think about spaces that are south facing, have small windows, or are in the centre of the house. Furthermore, think about the use of these spaces – if they aren’t already dedicated to evening activities then maybe they should be..? The best use of space always revolves around exploiting that space’s potential, and because people are rarely drawn to dark, lightless rooms during the day, it makes sense to give these spaces over to sleeping, watching television, or late night reading.
I like plum because it is so warm, a bit elegant, and very inviting. It ranges from deep dark aubergine colours to warm burgundys with a purple tint, and as ever, the best way to see which works in your space is to try them out on the walls. Let’s start with the deepest, darkest plum I could think of, and gradually get softer from there.