Category Archives: Colour

Choosing The Worlds Favourite Colour

April 24, 2017

G F Smith The Worlds Favourite Colour

Image: Design Soda


What’s your favourite colour? When was the last time someone asked you this? I know, past high school dating games in girls magazines I’m not sure I’ve thought about this or considered it important for over twenty years. Which is odd as I am a pretty colour obsessed person. But committing to just one? That sounds like an awfully big commitment to me. Far bigger than who you choose to spend your life with say! Happily, for those of you that are slightly more balanced than I, somebody does want to ask you this. G.F Smith who have been manufacturing quality paper of all colours and hue since 1885, along with Colourplan, are trying to ascertain what the worlds favourite colour is. Read More


Colour: Farrow & Ball’s shades of 2017 (and how to use them in your home)

March 10, 2017

Farrow and Ball colour forecast 2017 Studio Green

Image: Farrow & Ball


Walking along the road from Parsons Green station yesterday, passing my old school, which I haven’t seen for 18 years, I was struck for the first time not by feelings of panic, dread or rebellion (though I’m sure they’re buried there somewhere) but by how much I had enjoyedRead More


Colour: Pretty in (architectural and design) Pinks

January 6, 2017

PINK inspiration in design and architecture, ideas for using pink interiors -casahorta_04

Image: Casa Horta, shot by Jose Hevia for Sight Unseen


Good morning! Not many words today as I have 30 killer images for us to collectively swoon over! It’s been 3 years since I first blogged about the new trend for pink, and boy did it really take off last year, 2016 was a year of blush tones everywhere, I loved all of it and in particular when clashed against bold colours or on outside walls. There’s a lot of talk of dark jewel tones taking centre stage this year, and of course green as the new grey, will pink disappear from our radars in 2017? Who knows, I’m not tired of it yet so I have a feeling it won’t. Today I wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of my favourite pink inspirations from the last year, the ones I’ve been lusting after the most, some are harder and bolder than the blush we’ve seen so much of, some are even neon, almost dreamlike where Wes Anderson meets David Hockney! From faded-sherbet pink to ever-so-bold pink all of these spaces inspire me with major heart eyes, perhaps the Jewish deli in Berlin (image below) the most of all, I’m almost booking my flight just so that I can take up a seat at that table and never leave! I’d love to incorporate some of this boldness into the Design Soda home this year. What colours are you craving at the moment? Drop me a note in the comments below.


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Image: Louis Pretty Jewish deli in Berlin, shot by Steve Herud

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A Day with Farrow & Ball in Dorset

September 9, 2016

Farrow & Ball Wallpaper launch 2016, Deans Court Dorset


If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I LOVE colour. Colour, patterns and surface are three of the things that make me tick. Read More


A lesson in Colour: masterclass on colour and styling with Karen Haller and Ashlyn Gibson

April 18, 2016

Copper Blush, painterly ceramic plate, studiolenneke_wispelwey_ceramics (2)

Image: Copper Blush sample and pink objects I love

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to an event on colour psychology and styling led by colour psychology expert Karen Haller and super-stylist/author/shop owner/Clapton laundry and location house owner, Ashlyn Gibson. The event was put together by Get Living London, as part of their Make Yourself at Home Campaign, they formed with the aim of offering a new kind of rental to Londoners and creating a true community in the East Village in Stratford. One of their unique offerings is that they encourage tenants to be creative in their homes, to design them to feel like their own spaces, painting walls, putting up shelves, mirrors etc. without fear of losing deposits. I rather like this idea and would have been glad of it when I was renting. As a part of this campaign, the event took place in Ashlyn’s new Olive Lives Alfie store in the East Village on the Olympics site, and I relished the excuse of being on the other side of London to follow my nose (getting a little lost!) and seeing how the planners and architects had built a new city within a city that was in some places quite beautiful and very tranquil and, dare I say it, not very British in feel, which I really liked.Read More