How to create a dramatic colour scheme!

This week I received a request for a colour scheme filled with drama and intensity. Initially I thought, wow, how do I achieve this? Through further consultation and client preference we designed a look that incorporated strong natural stone and dark wood tones to create a unique look.

A moody art work helps to create a strong element of mystery through muted tones highlighted with gold in the marble and furnishing items. The secret to this look is selecting high range items to create a sophisticated atmosphere that is dramatic and daring whilst still offering an element of comfort.

You will notice we have not used black, rather dark shades of brown to ensure an element of warmth is created and removes the harshness and coldness often associated with the dark tones of a dramatic scheme. Careful selection is the key when selecting finishes and materials.

The best place to start creating a colour scheme is to drawn on the colours found within your material selections. As an example, when selecting the natural marble we looked at the colours found within the structure to highlight the natural properties within nature. Below is a colour palette highlighting the colours drawn from the marble as a base to select select materials and furnishings.

No place for self-doubt

Design can be a personal journey, filled with decisions, ideas and plans. How do you know if you are on the right path?  Often this is a series of trial and error, and just following your instincts.  I always say if it doesn’t work out, well we won’t do that style again!

A little bit of Friday inspiration:-

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble. (2)

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Mustard style inspiration!

Continuing with our mustard inspirational tones of winter we discovered the beautiful Sling club chair in walnut . The Sling club chair by Australian designer Craig Bassam @BassamFellows embodies true quality by offering hand-crafted furniture for contemporary living.

The Sling club chair is our hero piece complimented with warm tones of mustard and brown neutral tones. We were pleased to discover the Lemnos CuCU clock from Oopenspace a great accessory to add an element of fun and flair.

Mustard fabric from Decor Design and wild Rice Tretford carpet complement one another as they are tied together with natural fibres in the wallpaper from Scandinavian wallpaper, a beautiful supplier.

Be bold this winter and let our design visual inspires you to use neutral tones highlighted with the golden warmth of mustard.image look 2

Please note we are not affiliated with any of the above mentioned suppliers, we simply  love their products and believe in supporting  Australian suppliers.

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Don’t be average!

A famous quote by Michael Jordan “I didn’t come here to be average”, and average he is not! It is important to have goals and to keep to them, what is your goal and would how do you plan on achieving them? We would love to hear your thoughts on how you have achieved your goals to reach beyond.


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Mustard is the colour of Winter

If you want to stay on trend this winter it looks like Mustard is the colour of the season.

“Mustard is a dull/dark yellow color that resembles culinary mustard. It is similar to the color Flax. The first recorded use of mustard as a color name in English was in 1886” (Wikipedia).

Mustard is a colour that adds depth, warmth and a ray of brightness to an interior colour scheme, the trick is to use it sparingly highlighted through artwork and accent furniture pieces. Gold tones work well with mustard and similar tones of blue to create intensity and drama, as shown in this image below.

Using a colour palette of warm tones of yellow, gold and brown create an intense and strong interior design scheme, perfect for warming up a cold winters day.

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Live for what you haven’t done!

I read a great quote today by Donna Koran  “I live for what I haven’t done!” In today’s society we spend the majority of our time caught up in just living, in just keeping up with the daily grind and it is easy to get lost in the fog. Don’t forget about your dreams and goals, what are you aiming for? Keep your goals in sight and you will achieve them!


Often that may be the road less traveled, set out a plan, aim for it and do a little each day!

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Top 5 bedroom design Tips

Congratulations to our competition winner  3Angels_Agnes who requested a bedroom design inspired with contemporary wood tones. When designing a bedroom interior scheme it is important to create an environment using colour tones that promote rest and relaxation. Using natural materials and products enhance the interior to create a sophisticated and contemporary approach.

The request to use wood tones was incorporated through accent pieces where the materials and accessories worked together to create a soft muted colour palette of browns, white and golden hues as shown in the mood board below:-contemporary bedroom3a

Tip 1- Use wood tones sparingly

When designing with wood elements it is important to know you don’t have to use wood everywhere, this can overtake the overall design and we recommend to use wood tones sparingly in accent pieces.  The Lulu bedside tables in natural ash veneer and two pack white paint by  keeki creates a minimalist look working together with the Copenhagen table lamps by Beacon Lighting. To compliment the wood elements the Mallory fully upholstered queen size bed  with a lift base provides additional storage and the upholstered bed- head  creates warmth providing a perfect balance to the wood tones by Keeki.

Tip 2- Use natural materials

To create casual sophistication use natural linen and cotton bedding with soft tones for a timeless interior. Linen is a strong material that is breathable and lightweight providing comfort in summer and winter and combines perfectly with cotton providing additional warmth and comfort.  Cotton pillows are economical and add a colourful and fun element to the bedroom interior that can be changed regularly to keep up with emerging trends.

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Tip 3- Use artwork to balance the room

Artwork is the perfect platform to combine  colours drawing on the warm wood tones, yellow hues and white colours, perfectly depicted in the artwork by Rikki Drota “Sweet pea” available at Great Big Canvas.We recommend large artwork or elements of three to create a statement to the room, an abstract image promotes longevity and is timeless.

Tip 4- Use rugs to create warmth

Rugs are a perfect introduction to mix up the colour scheme of the room and similar to the artwork,  work together to seamlessly intertwine the colours of the room . In this scheme we have selected “Mwamba” from the legends of carpet range by Walter Knoll. Mwamba is part of a collection of hand-knotted wool rugs, using silk and nettle yarn from the Tibetan highlands inspired by the colours of Africa to create timeless works of art, available at Living Edge. 

 Tip 5- Use designer statement pieces

If you have the budget to enhance the overall interior a designer chair is a brilliant focal point in the bedroom. In keeping with the wood theme we have selected the GJ Chair in Oregon Pine, part of the GJ Collection designed by Danish designer Grete Jalk available at Living Edge. The GJ chair is the perfect piece of furniture to compliment the minimalist wood tone bedroom interior scheme requested by 3Angels-Agnes.

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Thank you 3angels_Agnes for the opportunity to design a bedroom interior inspired by wood tones with a minimalist look.

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