Colour Theory – Complementary Colour

Red as Complementary. Using red and green as complementaries. Red and green are opposite each other on the colour wheel. They appear brighter when used next to each other. Yellow as Complementary  Orange as Complementary.  Yellow/Green as Complementary Advertisements

Analogous Colour Schemes

Analogous colours are colours that are harmonious with each other. They are often colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.

Neutral Colours

Neutral schemes using creams, greys and whites and beiges. Neutral schemes are often calm and bright and fresh.

Cool Colours

Cool colours are Blue, Green and Blue Purple A fantastic interior in cool colours using a deep blue wall and bright green woodwork. HAs  a mid century vibe about it but is also incredibly dramatic.

Warm Colours

Warm Colours – Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Pinky Purples. Rose gold is one of THE colours 2016 season. Copper and pink are great mixed with rose gold and create a lovely warm scheme. Soft grey really works with the copper and tangerine red scheme here.

Making a space appear smaller

Darker colours generally make a room feel smaller. But the upside is that they can also add real drama and make a room feel cosy and intimate. In this image all the walls and ceiling are painted in the same colour. This looks very elegant and adds drama and also shows off all that lovely…

Colours can make a space seem bigger or smaller

These before and after images show how light bright colours can make a space appear brighter and bigger. If you want to make a space feel bigger you should use colours in cool tones as they appear to recede. Warm tones will appear to come forward. In this example the woodwork has been painted white and…

The Bauhaus, Itten and Albers.

The Bauhaus was an influential art school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and ran until before the second world war in 1933, when it was closed by the Nazi’s. The Bauhaus was very influential in the way it taught and because a great many important artists designers and architects worked there. The school believed that…


Modernism was a movement in Art, architecture, philosophy and Science that began at the turn of the century but was influenced after the WW1. Life had changed after the war and thinking reflected these changes. Society was ready for change and modernism was enthusiastically embraced. In art and architecture modernism rejected traditional ideas and forms….

Vienna Succession

Detail on the Viennese Succession Building – 1898, Vienna. Joseph Maria Olbrich This is the Vienna Succession Building – 1898 This is Expectation, part of the Stoclet Frieze, c.1909  Gustav Klimt. This frieze was designed for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Klimt designed his three murals to include enamels and semi precious stones, mother of pearl…

The Art Deco Style

Ar Deco -is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. Art Deco was very popular in the 1930’s. Linear designs, sharp angles and symmetry are present in art…

The Art Nouveau Style

Art Nouveau from about 1890 to the First World War is a style of design and architecture prominent in Europe, Britian and the USA. The style is know for its curvy lines, circles and intricate flowing shapes based on natural forms. Designs were often asymmetrical and highly decorated with flowers and leaf shapes. Stained glass was very…