Styling With Colour

Four great colours to welcome into your home

Walking around our shows we often note how much effort goes into styling, with many stands appearing to effortlessly make statements on trend and style, with colour often being given centre stage. Of course we know that the styling which goes into exhibiting at a show is far from effortless, it's often planned, well thought out and cleverly executed. Good styling on a stand gives the visitor a sense of atmosphere and relevance and helps them to imagine objects in their own living spaces. Good styling can’t be beaten, it is informative and inspirational and colour is a great way to make an impression.

At our recent Tatton Park show we noticed colour-theming radiating from many stands, with blocks of colour working really well.


Blue is, hands-down, the world’s favourite colour, declared so by sociologists. It is a hugely varied colour that is often hard to pin down, although we’re on solid ground with names like royal, navy, sapphire, turquoise, teal and cobalt - the pigment used for centuries to colour porcelain - and the currently fashionable indigo, which has been used to dye denims and linens throughout the ages. Annie Sloan pays homage to the rich and ancient history associated with blues by giving historical attachment to paint names, look out for Louis Blue, Greek Blue and Napoleonic Blue. If you want to splash out on a colour that matches history-rich items around the home then blue is the way to go. 

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Green is the colour associated with nature and when we use green in our homes it is a way of inviting the outdoors in. On walls it is a reliable atmosphere maker which works really well with antiques, vintage and salvage pieces. Whilst green mixes well with other greens, it is sometimes used to good effect when a well-chosen shade is used alone, like an industrial pendant light shade hung above a reclaimed wood kitchen table, or a collection of green glass jars on a windowsill. Take a look at Country Living’s online feature ’44 Rooms That Prove That Green is the Prettiest Colour’, it’s quite an inspiration.


Red isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s for the bold and the brave. Bright red stands out as patriotic with a hearty retro feel, largely due to it being so popular in the 1940‘s and 1950’s. Bright red is commonly found in vintage kitchenalia, both British and French, and has a romantic ‘bistro’ feel about it. Using this colour is a great way to add a touch of continental class to a kitchen. Deeper reds are associated with the Victorian’s - red brick houses and heavy red velvets - whilst colours like Farrow & Ball’s Eating Room Red, Book Room Red and Rectory Red conjour up images of stately homes full of tradition and elaborate antiques. Farrow & Ball's Guildford store will be exhibiting at our Decorative Home & Salvage Show at Loseley Park, July 17th - 19th, do visit their stand for inspiration and advice.


If you are a white fan then you will already be tapped into the wonderful variety of whites, especially those found in French vintage and antique furniture, painted woods and metals, lace, china and that all important peeling white paint found on items like old benches and arched mirror frames. Painted on walls it serves as a great background to old and modern furnishings, or indeed a mix of both. You just need to look at the 27 shades of white available at Little Green's paint and paper suppliers or White Interior Inspiration on Pinterest to know that white is a fairly comprehensive subject in home decoration. It’s a classic and, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, white goes exceptionally well with white.

Colour mixing and matching is a joyful experiment, whether you paint walls white and add hints of colour or place objects of colour against a contrasting background. American interior designer, and fan of the white wall, Michael Taylor was once asked the question 'but you don't use much colour' to which he replied 'this is not so at all, I build a simple background - usually of white or of a very light shade - for the use of colour'.