Sunday, 24 March 2013

Spice Up Your Life

When I came across this image the other day, the intense and unexpected colour palette instantly reminded me of my trip to Istanbul and visit to the Spice Bazaar last summer. I could almost feel the chaotic atmosphere and heat pulsating through the market as I flicked through my photo album from that day to confirm the resemblance.

Motivated by the image and Spice Bazaar, I have rounded up my favourite spaces with similar colour schemes.

via Apartment Therapy

via BrightNest

via dg

via Style at Home

via Design Manifest

Much like a certain pop girl band of the past, these colours work well together as a unit, despite being individually very strong and full of personality.

To further emphasise my thinly veiled attempt to reference the Spice Girls, this colour scheme can go very wrong, very quickly, should one colour start to over power the others (I'm looking at you Geri). To prevent this from happening, there is a certain balance that must be struck - most easily and commonly in the form of a neutral background.

Here's what I would do:

Eber rug, Woven Ground £220. Armchair, Room & Board £460. Tripod floor lamp, West Elm £165. Leather sofa, Habitat £1,900. Brass swing arm wall light, Lights World £56.99 each. Natural wood side table , Habitat £180. Noguchi replica coffee table, Milan Direct £149. Knit pouf, Habitat £100.

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