Warm, comforting hues to beat the January blues.
If you’ve been scouring the web for a wall colour that’s the one – not too light, not too dark, calm and restful but also warm and comforting, then we may have found your perfect match.
From deep, dark tones that envelop you like a warm hug, to lighter and uplifting shades, the debut paint collection by furniture designer Cassandra Ellis features 18 intensely pigmented colours that cocoon you on these colder days. Perfect timing.
Soft and shrouding, the colours are deeply rooted in the natural world – think linens, stone, ash, aubergine, ripe fruits, winter landscapes – and even woolly jumpers and a nice cup of tea.
The neutral and restful palette consists of soft whites, faded pinks, pale greys and a few flourishes of deep, dark tones, the delicate feminine and soft masculine shades complement each other in a flirtatious harmony.
These luminous colours can be an enveloping backdrop for any home, whether it’s softening a contemporary apartment, or injecting some energy into a more classic home.
Divided into four groups; Whites, Pales, Mediums and Darks, the palette ranges from Pure White; the whitest white possible, with subtle undertones to Aged Black; a soft, chalky and faded black, reminiscent of antique silk, ancient doorways or scorched Japanese Tea Houses.
In between, you’ll find quiet and calm colours like Seafoam; a calm, restorative and uplifting greeny-blue, and Faded Blossom; an ethereal pale faded pink.
In the mediums you have earthy and smokey shades like Mouse Grey; a soft, quiet and enveloping grey-brown, and Tea Rose; a dusty, enterre and warm smoky pink.
The dark palette draws you in with Fallen Plum; a dark burnt purple that is rich and evocative, and Bitter Chocolate; a beautifully dark bitter brown, like of very old wooden panelling.
On her collection, Cassandra explains “I believe colour should be part of the fabric of your home. That’s why they’ve all been mixed to be quiet, calm and enveloping. I’ve produced a tightly edited range of colours that can be used alone or together, without any of them being overwhelming or attention-seeking. For me, it’s about making an uplifiting backdrop to life – they should wrap around you.”
At £95 a pot they don’t come cheap, but its warming palette may be just what we need to see us though to spring…