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Colour-Coded Inspiration: Red, White & Blue

By Marica

It seems the month of July is set to be a celebration of red, white, and blue. America celebrated their Independence Day on the 4th with their usual patriotic tricolour vigour, Andy Murray’s tennis triumph lead to surge in British nationalistic pride as he was the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles in over 77 years, and then this coming weekend (the 14th to be exact) the French will be celebrating Bastille Day.

Now, when creating a room using the red, white, and blue colour combo consider keeping the white colour ratio high with pops of the brighter colours – this will insure a fresh interior. Do not to overdo the red and blue. You also don’t necessarily have to go the patriotic route and slap a flag everywhere – red, white, and blue colouring is closely associated with nautical design. Incorporate a handful of stripes and nautical baubles in your room to give it that maritime flair!

Sometimes… ever so often, I have the tiniest bit of flag envy. Don’t get me wrong – I love the South African flag and everything it stands for… but jeez louise it sure is difficult to incorporate that multicoloured design into an attractive interior.

Red White & Blue Colour-Coded Inspiration ǀ The Design Tabloid (1)

Featured Image via House and Home. From top right:  Gasby Lamp (Blue) – Pezula | Red Ceramic Rabbit – Sootcookie via Utique | Union Jack Egg Chair – Robert Thompson | Red Glass Medicine Bottle – Mr. Price Home |  Lithography on Limestone Tiles – Ruan Hoffmann via Africandy | Union Jack & Stars Scatter – Weylandts | Red Striped Cushion – Woolworths | Love Cushion – Mr. Price Home

Red White & Blue Colour-Coded Inspiration ǀ The Design Tabloid (2)

Featured Image: here. From top right:  Shweshwe Hearts Cushion – Design Kist via 5Rooms | Red Tolix Chair – Chair Crazy | Porcelain Tapas Bowls – Woolworths | Red Retro Kitchen Clock – @Home |  Pantone Storage Tins – 5Rooms | Little Man Lamp – David Krynauw via Africandy | Blue & White Cross Throw – Woolworths | UK Crown Scatter – Fundi via Shopscoop

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Colour-Coded Inspiration – Black & White

By Marica

Today’s colour-coded inspiration contains two colours that separately have quite contradictory symbolisms and “feels”. Take black – it can be serious and conventional but it can also be elegant, sleek, and sophisticated (maybe even a bit sexy & mysterious). White is generally associated with purity, cleanliness, and innocence but it can also be stark and uninteresting.

White and black have the ability to compliment any colour (as they are neutral colours) and they are rarely used alone as the effect can be quite overpowering. Black can make an interior space appear to shrink in size and to much brilliant white can cause headaches.

Using black & white together creates a bold and sometimes an unwittingly masculine space. This colour duo can be loosely associated with a mid-century modern style of decorating (a style trend that is currently experiencing a revival) and also the more sleek and minimalist contemporary styles.

Feature Image via Emma’s Designblogg. From top left: Black Loofah Sphere Hanging Lamp – Weylandts / Jozi Shelf – Egg Designs / 3 x Scatter Cushions – Loads Of Living / Black & White Squares Scatter Cushion – @Home / Best Beaches Art – Quirky Me / Various Ceramic Vases with Rabbit, Bird & Protea Designs – Quirky Me / Circular Coffee Table – Tonic Design / Cow Hide Rug – Weylandts / Wingback Chair with Ottoman – Tom Dixon / Round Bamboo Placemat – @Home

Feature Image via Dear Lillie. From top left: Faux Fur Throw – @Home / White Ceramic Pot – Mr. Price Home / Black Doily Cushion – Weylandts / White Crochet Cushion – Woolworths / Black Ruffled Cushion – Weylandts / Black Spotted Cushion – Woolworths / Numbered Glass Bottles – Loads Of Living / Manuscript Rug – Nanimarquina / Lotus Candle Holder – Mr.Price Home / Velvet Ottoman – Weylandts / Ceramic Vessels – Woolworths / Chair – Chair Crazy / Plume Lamp – Spazio

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