The colour of Spring – Dusky Pink

The colour of Spring

My favourite colour just bursts into our gardens every April and May as if to say winter is over.  I love this time of year anyway, full of a promising summer to come after a long, cold winter.  The birds are back and all the plants just spring back up as if winter had never been!

Inspired by my favourite garden tree

My magnolia tree
My magnolia tree – photo by me

Colour theory – Pink is the colour of happiness and is seen as light-hearted. Teamed with light colours it is soft, feminine, romantic and sweet.  Paired with back can be seductive! 

Agent Provocateur Branding
Agent Provocateur Branding

I wanted to share with you some interior design ideas based on this beautiful feminine and romantic colour………

Dusky Pink walls with a black kitchen Interior Design by Anne-Sophie Pailleret
Dusky Pink walls with a black kitchen
Interior Design by Anne-Sophie Pailleret

 

Dusky pink accents on curtains and ceramics Source: vtwomen
Dusky pink accents on curtains and ceramics accents cream room
Source: vtwomen
Dining bench in pink with Eero Saarinen table source:blog.VKVVisuals.com
Dining bench in pink with Eero Saarinen table source:blog.VKVVisuals.com
Pink & Grey Palette from pinterest
Pink & Grey Palette from pinterest

 

A slightly more salmon tone Teamed with Black is can be more masculine Image via Tiziana Tozoni
A slightly more salmon tone teamed with Black is can be more masculine Image via Tiziana Tozoni

Pink has been popular since Georgian times…

Grey Interior with a splash of pink from marieclairemaison.com
Grey Interior with a splash of pink from marieclairemaison.com
Georgian Pink image Pinterest
Georgian Pink image Pinterest
Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball
Dusky Pink & Grey Fairytale Bedroom Source: pinterest
Dusky Pink & Grey Fairytale Bedroom Source: pinterest

Teamed with bolder colours can make this soft pink seem quite art deco inspired and I love the eclectic look that gives …..

emerald and royal blue contrast with soft pink source: anne-sophiepailleret.com
emerald and royal blue contrast with soft pink
source: anne-sophiepailleret.com
anne-sophiepailleret.com
anne-sophiepailleret.com

You could always add just a rug…… 

SPLIT BRIGHT Paul Smith Hand knotted Tibetan wool The Rug Company
SPLIT BRIGHT
Paul Smith
Hand knotted Tibetan wool
The Rug Company
Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug - Earth Red from westelm.com
Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug – Earth Red from westelm.com

Some eco paint colours to consider….

Anne Sloan Chalk Paint
Anne Sloan Chalk Paint
Little Greene Dorchester Pink
Little Greene Dorchester Pink
Farrow & Ball Paint
Farrow & Ball Paint
Le Corbusier - Dots Wallpaper by rate-international.com
Le Corbusier – Dots Wallpaper by arte-international.com
Axis Wallpaper from Scion
Axis Wallpaper from Scion (also available as fabric)

an eco velvet for upholstery to consider….

Eco Velvet Upholstery Fabric from Hoepke from Jacober Interiors
Eco Velvet Upholstery Fabric from Hoepke
from Jacober Interiors

a pure lambswool sofa throw …

Lambswool Sofa Throw by Moon
Lambswool Sofa Throw by Moon

or some designer fabrics to add a classic romantic or modern geometric twist….

Designers Guild MARQUISETTE - PALE ROSE Silk
Designers Guild MARQUISETTE – PALE ROSE Silk
ABSTRACT MALACHITE - MULTICOLOUR by Designers Guild
ABSTRACT MALACHITE – MULTICOLOUR fabric by Designers Guild

 

Just a few ideas of how enjoy this soothing pink with soft greys and cream or mix it up with bold and bright colours and pattern! 

P.s some of my favourite images from my my Dusky Pink board on Pinterest

The Interiorista on Pinterest
The Interiorista on Pinterest

Thanks for reading!

Amanda x

 

 

Otomi

Something that has been catching my eye recently is a beautiful embroidery design called OTOMI.

Otomi Cushion with pom pom trim from casaotomi.com
Otomi Cushion with pom pom trim from casaotomi.com

Named after the dialect spoken by the  people living in the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo of Mexico.

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Tenango, Hidalgo, Mexico

Otomi became more commercial in the 60s after a severe drought forced the people to find alternative sources of income, although its roots can be sourced back to Spanish and Aztec roots. The design features animals and flowers, symbolising man’s connection to nature and it is thought that its origins lie with cave paintings found in the region.

Most of the embroiderers work in collectives which are registered by the government, ensuring fair pay.  They are mostly women, of all ages, it is undertaken in homes, in the market and on the street. Otomi empowers them as it is often the only source of income in their family.  This craft is a very sociable profession done with a lot of pride!

Otomi Technique from Ollitt.com
Otomi Technique from Ollitt.com

The process: Water soluble pen is used to sketch deer, hares, armadillo, fish roosters and agricultural scenes….The balance of clear space around the objects is observed and designs are fluidly done with much repetition. Stencils are not allowed and the quality of the drawing has a clear impact on the end result.

Large Otomi lounger can take months to make and is usually signed by the embroiderer. Ollitt.com
Large Otomi lounger can take months to make and is usually signed by the embroiderer. Ollitt.com

The stitching is done by catching the thread on each side (satin stitch) with the facing side showing the design.  This saves on the quantity of thread used. Created on natural cotton, using silk or cotton thread, this art has a place in contemporary and traditional interior design.  The trend towards artisanal design means it could not be a better time to add a little bit of Otomi to your home! Olli_Lounger_multicolor_childs_bedroom_fullThis is no mass market production by machine from Asia and is therefore a highly prized craft, fair trade means the prices are high and it is seen as a luxury product to be appreciated for years to come. 

Otomi Embroidered pieces 70x80cm can be framed or sewn together to make cushions or throws...... from jacarandahome.com
Otomi Embroidered pieces 70x80cm can be framed or sewn together to make cushions or throws…… from jacarandahome.com

A more affordable option is to buy pieces which you could use to make cushions or frame for instant impact! 

Otomi Embroidery Framed from stfrank.com
Otomi Embroidery Framed from stfrank.com

There really is no boundaries for this wonderful art!

Otomi Wallpaper designed by Emily Isabella for Hygge & West
Otomi Wallpaper designed by Emily Isabella for Hygge & West
Removable Wallpaper Tiles designed by Emily Isabella for Hygge & West
Removable Wallpaper Tiles designed by Emily Isabella for Hygge & West
Otomi inspired cards and wrapping paper from wilinkpress.com
Otomi inspired cards and wrapping paper from wilinkpress.com
Oversized clutch bag from rosemarycollective.com
Oversized clutch bag from rosemarycollective.com
Traditional Mexican Wedding dress can take 3 months to make
Traditional Mexican Wedding dress can take 3 months to make
Super cute child's dress from rosemarycollective.com
Super cute child’s dress from rosemarycollective.com
Planters from Anthropologie.com
Planters from Anthropologie.com

Suited to classic or contemporary homes, with or without lots of colour this is a wonderful way to add an authentic touch to any space…….

Embroidered Otomi Cushions from Ollitt.com
Embroidered Otomi Cushions from Ollitt.com
Otomi Bedspread from casaotomi
Otomi Bedspread from casaotomi
Blue & White Otomi Pouf and Cushions from ollitt.com
Blue & White Otomi Pouf and Cushions from ollitt.com

As you can tell I just LOVE Otomi and look forward to supporting those wonderful ladies from Tenango with some purchases for our home renovation soon!!! 

Thanks for reading! 

Amanda x

 

Max up your space….

Very few of us have enough space.  I am pretty sure Her Majesty or various Russian Oligarchs are not reading this blog… so what can the rest of us do? Moving house, adding an extension or building in clever storage, great, but can be expensive and time consuming.  Don’t we all have an area in our home that we wish was just a bit more roomy?  For me I always end up in houses with the world’s smallest entrance hallways (except, of course, when I was a student and didn’t care) and my current house is no exception! Well I would like to share with you a few design tips to make your tiny space feel bigger… that together with a good dose of declutter/recycling could do the trick!  Who knows, you may not even need to extend or move.

colour

the colour wheel

One easy/less expensive way is to change the colour. There are a zillion books about colour, but when it comes to maxing up your space using colour, then all you need to know is the following.  Warm colours advance towards you and cool colours recede away from you. Making a colour lighter tends to make it cooler therefore recede i.e. pink is more receding than red. Reds, oranges and yellows will draw a room in and make it feel warm and cosy.  Blues, greens and blue-violets will have the opposite effect and make a room feel more spacious and open. Yellows and violets can be warm or cold.

why?

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