Large scale resin-coated piece from PI Fine Art, by artist Norm Stelfox.
“Life is about using the whole box of crayons” – RuPaul
When I walked into the gallery to meet my client, this was the first thing that I saw….
WOW. I was in love….And these aren’t even my “go-to” colours! I had been under the weather for a couple of days, and this piece made me instantly happy. Why? Because colour makes us feel things. Colour can absolutely set our mood and evoke an emotional state or a reaction. I’m sure you have used the expression “feeling blue”…that is because certain blues can sometimes be associated with melancholy. ( I’m not sure that I totally 100% agree with that – I tend to find blues very calming and relaxing.) This piece, also having a high-gloss resin coating, jumped right out at me. It is bright and happy and joyful. Red is considered a stimulating colour, and the purple in this piece also has a lot of red in it.
This piece also reminded me of all of the colours of flowers that I love in the summer…
Toronto Flower Market
See the similarities?? I took the above photo at the Toronto Flower Market last summer. These flowers just made me so happy. Yes, because I love flowers, but also because of the riot of colours all in one place. All of these beautiful colours, occurring in nature together, intense and glorious and vibrant. It’s funny because I didn’t even realize until I saw these two photos together, how much they resemble one another!!
Maybe that is what it is – admiring the beauty of nature… and wanting to bring that beauty into our homes. I do think that living in Canada, where we are completely void of vivid colours outside for almost 6 months of the year, I think it is critical that we surround ourselves with it in our interior decor. I honestly do think it’s like the equivalent of Season Affective Disorder – when you have a lack of any colour in your home! I could not live without colour, and for my clients, I cannot design without colour…
Painting by Kappa, Artist in Residence at Gallery 212 in Miami, Florida.
Okay, yes I love a good monochromatic colour scheme as much as anyone….When I walked into the 212 Gallery in the Wynwood Design District of Miami, and saw the above painting, it took my breath away. Yes, it did! I sat and looked at it and spoke with the artist for about 15 minutes, and he graciously allowed me to photograph it. I adore this piece – and at first it does not look like there is any colour, right?
Wrong. There is so much going on here – I could easily build a room around this painting….I see white, cream, greys, black, gold and tan. There is actually a lot of colour here, just not big bold expressions of colour, like in the first photo. I am actually working with clients now, and while they do not have this painting, I did use it for the inspiration for our colour palette…
Fabric inspiration – monochromatic with a twist…
fabrics by Meredith Heron for Joanne Fabrics and by Robert Allen Fabrics
While we are predominantly using the taupes, creams, greys and blacks for our larger upholstered pieces, we are also using reds and golds to add even more colour. What makes this colour scheme work is the textures and layering of similar shades of colours. Fabulous textiles by Meredith Heron for Joanne Fabrics, as well as from Robert Allen Fabrics. So while on the surface, there appears to not be much colour – there really is. And so now you know that monochromatic does NOT need to mean boring, and there actually ARE many colours present even in something that we call a “monochromatic” scheme ….
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe