Interior designer Sarah Ward selects her favourite use of colours in properties listed on PrimeLocation.com.
1. This is a fantastic example of what could be a ‘guest ‘ colour. The basic shade of grey throughout the room would be really bland without it. The colour lifts the room very effectively – and something as simple as the book cover on the footstool serves to exaggerate the feature colour.
To rent: Four bedroom flat in Park Lane, Mayfair for £303,333 pcm
2. The warmth of a glowing fire makes us feel cosy and comfortable. These naked flames are befriended by the warm tones of the fruit placed on the ottoman. The furniture in the background appears neural in colour, making the fruit stand proud and it becomes the most prominent aspect of the room. The advantage of choosing something disposable to create a feature is that it is easily changed.
To rent: Four bedroom flat Park Lane, Mayfair for £303,333 pcm
3. While this room is has a neutral scheme, there are several eye catching distractions, the faceted mirror offers depth and reflection, the coffee table has a shiny surface adding depth, the art work has a geometric dimension and it’s symmetrical placing adds structure to the space. The striped cushion fabric again offers an alternative perspective making the ‘beigeness’ anything but dull.
For sale: Nine bedroom detached house Campden Hill, Kensington for £65m
4. This silk wallpaper creates an ethereal haze which is curious owing to the fact that taken in isolation some might think the pattern is too busy. Yet the orange highlights in the room are well balanced by the artwork and the cushions on the chairs. That balance of colour provides focal points.
For sale: Eleven bedroom terraced house in Charles Street, Mayfair (POA)
5. There is a warm and welcoming feel to this timber filled area. The bright and colourful rug acts almost as a signpost to another area of the property. In isolation, the rug is the most noticeable thing, but in reality I suspect that there is a balance to the rug nearby – perhaps in the room to the left?
For sale: Chalet in Verbier, Switzerland for CHF14,900,000
6. Most of the items visible in this very stylish, no nonsense entrance area are placed in perfect symmetry. Without the symmetry the room may be bland, the positioning of the cushions adds a sense of form as well as contrast to the sofas upon which they are so precisely placed. Notice how little colour is needed to lift the scheme. Less is more.
For sale: Four bedroom flat in Park Lane, Mayfair for £91,000 pcm
7. The red roses are a welcome and changeable burst of colour. According to your mood you can make a plan to suit your taste.
To rent: Four bedroom flat to rent in Park Lane, Mayfair for £364,000 pcm
8. The views from here are going to be amazing. In this location the outlook will be like a moving image and there will be colour everywhere. It is important to connect the inside with the outside and choose the key features that way around so that there isn’t too much to confuse the line of vision.
For sale: Four bedroom flat in One St George Wharf, Nine Elms SW8 (POA)
9. This image shows how a neutral room can be balanced by hot shades of reds, pinks and oranges. The spread is even throughout the room. It is possible to be more random than this and the results will still be excellent.
For sale: Seven bedroom detached house in Hermitage Drive, Edinburgh for £2,600,000
10. What a perfect view to take in and forget all of our day to day activities…the sea seems to seamlessly extend the patio and the two merge together.
For sale: Five bedroom detached house in Phuket, Thailand for $5,500,000
Sarah’s top 10 colour tips:
1. Colour is personal don’t be afraid of choosing what you love – after all it’s you who has to live with it.
2. Cool spectrum colours, referred to as winter and summer colours, can be harder on the eye but sometimes crisp and stylish. Warm spectrum shades, referred to as autumn and spring shades, give a cosy feel good vibe.
3. If you inherit beige, don’t panic, as you can liven it up very easily.
4.. If you are tired of beige you can change the balance without pain to get a new look at little expense and as often as you like.
5. The new beige is called taupe.
6. Designers are a fan of neutral as it is changeable and can be tweaked to appeal to many.
7. We probably chose colours for an interior that we are happy to wear, owing to the familiarity. It can make safe sense, so don’t be afraid of following fashion.
8. Colours are seasonal with warm reds and golden tones being more inviting in the winter time in a chilly place.
9. The brightest or most vibrant colour in a room will dominate the room. It will need to be balanced in some way.
10. The right colour for an individual can make the difference of feeling comfortable or not.
Interior designer Sarah Ward
Sarah Ward is an award-winning interior designer and runs Sarah Ward Associates.