Morning, yesterday Maud, Mungo and I quickly ran to the florist as my foliage had all died in the house and we needed something fabulous to put in various vessels, its the retail class today and a full packed house (hence the dash to the florist). There was a guy in there picking out a bunch, and a queue of us ladies waiting for him to make a decision so we could get on with our day. No exaggeration he spent over 30 minutes getting the florist to team this with this all of which was the worst combo ever. Internally I wanted to say put this with this with this wham bam your done – don’t partner a ranunculus with a tulip and then a bit of autumnal foliage thrown in that is beyond criminal. Never mind the terrible combo the colours were all over the place, white, harsh red a bit of golden leaf bizarre beyond belief. It was so criminal I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack watching it and kept thinking can’t the florist advice that this is a disaster if I was the receiver of such a bouquet sorry, really sorry no matter how much love is involved that is not going in a vase in my house its beyond a catastrophe
The woman next to me muttered ‘boys with colour disaster’, and as for the two M’s Maud laid on the floor and munched thru their foliage and Mung’s decided to pee up everything roses, hydrangea I was so absorbed in the bouquet scenario that I didn’t notice what those two were up to.
Which got me thinking you either get colour or you don’t, for some of us its intuitive for some its not. I often say push boundaries with colour but you’ve got to restrict it a bit, you can’t like this bouquet have every single flower a different hue otherwise its seems nuts never mind the combo of tulips with the other stuff. Colour is the most transformative thing you can do to a room EVER, its one of the cheapest things especially if we’re talking paint and I would advise anyone to come out of their comfort zone slightly but and its a big but restrict the amount of colours you have going on in a room otherwise it will seem crazy. Also look at the intensity levels if you’re using a strong colour like I do alot, grey for instance have odd punches of similar strong colours going on yellow, lime it will make the room feel more balanced.
A good website for colour, inspiration and lots of ideas is Design Seeds, here you will see what colours work with what, its a great resource and takes all the hard graft out. Image below from said website, when colour is used properly it uplifts, tantalises and inspires.