Colours of Love

The Shades of Love

by Marica Fick

While I am not a huge fan of ole St Valentine’s Day (far too many corny clipart and cheesy soft toys for my liking), we could not let the day of romance slip by without sharing some kind of love-tinted content.

Previous years we have shared a few no-cheese Valentine’s Day ideas including a post on Galentine’s Day (in my opinion a far superior celebration), a stylish Valentine’s Day picnic, and of course our very punny V-Day printable gift tags. The gift tags are still available to download if you are looking for a cute something to round off your loved one’s gift.

source: the interior editor

This year, we thought it might be a good idea to put an interiors spin on our Valentine’s Day post. A side note – do yourself a favour… DO NOT google “romantic interior“. The search results looked like a cream lace bomb exploded all over a powder-pink french boudoir – not my idea of romantic… or a tasteful interior for that matter.Read More »

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: Red & Pink

By Marica

I clearly remember my mom telling me back in the nineties to never ever wear pink and red together as “those two colour just don’t mix“. It’s true, the nineties (probably the eighties too) did not look kindly on the pink and red combo – it was a massive faux pas. It was something the 10 year-old me could not understand – I thought it look pretty!

However, in the last decade or so the uptight, and frankly unreasonable, unspoken rule about the combination of reds and pinks has softened. Once again it is trendy to marry red and pink! And today I am overjoyed as nothing makes me happier than this punchy colour combo! Mmm, it reminds me of candy – it’s a deliciously edible duo. So, for your enjoyment, fest your eyes on the following pink & red colour-coded inspirations…

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Floral Scatter Cushion – Woolworths / Love Cushion – Woolworths / Pink & Red Pendant Lights – Can be order through us / Numbers Felt Placemat – @Home / Pink & Mother-of-Pearl Bedside Table – Farriers / Striped Throw – Mr. Price Home / Floral Floor Cushion – Weylandts / Cerise Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Teapot Print – Tracy Paul / Pink Chair – Order through us / Pink Flower Cushion – @Home

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Red Chandelier – Weylandts / Design Team Cushion – Woolworths / Pink Cushions – Wild Rhubarb / Flower Napkin Ring – Woolworths / Flower Tealight Holder – @Home / Knotted Chair – Weylandts / Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Red Nested Tables – Tonic Design / Pink Oil Burner – Mr. Price Home / Glass Vase – @Home / Flower Cushion – Jesse Breytenbach

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Décor Diva: Make it RED

It’s strong, it’s vital, it’s bold…

it’s RED

WARNING: This post is a longer read than normal.  If you endure, you may well be entertained and enlightened…

In the last post on colour, we showed you that the Personality ABC tool used by some Life Coaches actually manages to categorise the different personality characteristics into three easy colour references, namely: (please bear in mind that I am describing it in the most basic terms)

RED strong leadership skills, proactive, risk takers, competitive, ambitious, driven, aggressive

YELLOW– warm hearted, friendly, co-operative, team players, sociable, easy going, sensitive

BLUE – Thinkers, contemplative, precise, logical, independent, analytical, systematic etc

Essentially we all display the characteristics of all three colours, but one colour will dominate, with the second colour being less dominant and the third colour just trailing in.

To make it easier to understand: – I am a yellow person, followed by red with blue characteristics being the little sister. (Hey – with my scant understanding, I wondered whether Oprah would be a yellow, red and blue person as well??)

What does that mean – I am a warm, friendly, co-operative person, whose loves playing in a team, capable of being proactive, competitive and ambitious, not given to much analytical thinking.  I certainly do not like reading a manual to find out how to operate my new cell phone.  I am a do-er so let’s get down to the task at hand and if you don’t do it quickly enough, then I will do it for you. I like to lead within my comfort zone. (Such honesty!)

Now Marica on the other hand – she is equal parts blue and yellow (maybe a tiny bit more yellow than blue) and the little sister is red.  She is so given to fiddling when trying to figure out new stuff and coming to terms with the ‘how to’ matters of life. She likes to design something that will show that she has put a great deal of thought into it. Plus she is a really friendly team player, sociable with a wicked sense of humour.  But she is quite happy for me to be the leader of the pack.  So, you can see how we compliment each other’s personalities and skills.

What on earth does this have to do with interiors?  Lots – let’s take a quick look at someone who is dominant in the RED ZONE:


The colour RED speaks of power, authority, boldness, risk taking, passion, excitement, opulence, superiority and of course tradition.  It is stimulating (hence often being associated with dining), it is confident and it reflects prosperity.  Just think of how many strong, famous brands have RED in their brand identity.  Absa Bank, Virgin, Wells Fargo and Revlon to name a few.  When you speak of a Ferrari motor car, what colour comes to mind RED?   The senior priests of the Roman Catholic Church, namely the Cardinals wear RED.  

You can so easily see why that colour relates to the leaders among us.

This Nico van der Meulen Architects interior is an excellent example of a RED personality space. It's big, it's strong, it's filled with texture and statement items.

And when you go into their homes, you will find that the architecture and the interiors will be making those exact same statements.  Please don’t think that you are going to see red walls, carpets and cushions everywhere.  No, instead you will find architectural and interior features that are bold, strong and express authority (even if it is a quiet expression of authority).   These features could be strong linear lines in the architecture, with concrete floors or walls, strong wooden cladding, spacious rooms, with high ceilings, big windows, big or bold, or both kitchen and bathroom designs.  The Interior design will be done in such a way as to command your attention.

The shocking pink table shouts "look at me, look at me!" These bold colours make a definite statement. Image via Living Etc

The soft furnishings could include luxurious fabrics draping the windows, comfortable custom made seating, designer furniture, an art collection, other collectables of note, Persian carpets – modern or traditional.  Everything will be immaculate and the quality the best. Unique items – plenty!

Proof that a RED personality does not equate to a red interior. This bold, lavish blue Todd Romano interior has all the hallmarks of a RED personality. Image via Architectural Digest

These are the types of homes of successful business leaders in SA and globally.  One such a person is Marguerite Macdonald owner of Mavromac Fabrics.  A recent Visi article featuring her home she was quoted as saying:  “I don’t like puny, I like bold.  I don’t like skinny, I like fat”.

Marguerite MacDonald's lofty kitchen & dining area. Image via VISI

Those leaders who have not yet attained the wealth to develop interiors along these lines can also make the statements in their spaces, even if it is only one or two décor elements that speak of your ability to be bold and confident. Take a look around your space and notice how you express your personality.  If you are not doing it, then I would like to suggest that it is time.

A RED personality's home will be bold & lavish no matter what style it's done in. Take this glamorous black & white lounge as an example. Image via New House of Art

That then is a peep into the characteristic of the dominant RED, but remember, it is always brought into balance by either yellow or blue.

More next time!!!

Images via:

Nico van der Meulen: here

VISI: here

Architectural Digest: here

New House of Art: here

Living Etc: here