I was reading Rita Konigâs column in the Wall Street Journal the other day where she was discussing the current vogue for bright hues.
âIt is funny how during the moneyed years of the ’90s everything was so chicâa bland, porridge-y mixture of oatmeal and flaxen tones. As the wealth evaporated, it seems that we turned to colour; I find that we all generally care a little less about how perfectly chic our houses are and more about how bright, comfortable and soulful they areâ.
Too right â and yet so many of us still havenât converted â the beige haze of blandness still lives on. Nothing zings outs everything matches and looks (love the term Rita) porridge-y.I am wondering if its because its scary â people come into my store all the time and say they love it but in the same breath how they wouldnât have a clue to getting the look. Yes you need a bit of bravery but colour is the most transformative thing you can do to your interior â its mood enhancing, it adds depth, character, intrigue, and sophistication â (I could go on but fear I will bore you).
You donât have to apply it to walls (I would so encourage you to but you donât have to) as you will see from Ritaâs apartment below the furnishings and the accessories are the colourful pieces. Every time I walk though my doorÂ I get that feeling of squishy contentment as if I have just slurped a double whisky – living in a beige haze just wouldn’t have the same effect on me. ColourÂ reflects who I am, Â it adds intrigue, it zings it brings my rooms to life and I encourage everyone to overdose on it!
Photograph by Johnny Miller for the Wall Street Journal