Thursday, 22 January 2015

the colour collaborative: january: home

I was delighted to be asked to be this month's guest blogger for the Colour Collaborative. 

Thinking about colour within the home, the shades used and what influenced those choices has been interesting and enlightening. 

In our home, the colours we've used are inspired by the beautiful palettes in nature. The blues, greens, yellows and taupes which make up the landscape around us. 

As I drove along on the school run one frosty morning last week, I realised that the colours which feature predominantly in our home are those found in a frosty landscape. The vivid rich greens of meadows and hedgerows muted by a coating of tiny white ice crystals. The blue of the sky, illuminated by the golden winter sunlight. The soft taupe and brown tones of seed heads and dried foliage along the roadside. These are the colours of our home.

With this realisation I started to wonder does this make our home feel cold. Happily I've put that worry to rest. Whilst the walls are painted in creams, blues and greys accompanied by white woodwork, warmer shades feature in the textiles and accessories in each room.

Bright, primary colours also appear. Here and there. Mainly on toys and in the little one's rooms. But they are minimal. 

Subtle, muted colours prevail. I love their calming tones. My midwife whilst visiting after our youngest was born, commented on how bright and light our home was. She said all that light was really good for your mind. I like that idea. So I guess our home will remain cool and bright.

So that's it, colour in the home and what it means to me.

Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below.
Annie at Annie Cholewa     Sandra at Cherry Heart     
 Gillian at Tales from a Happy House        CJ at Above the River      

Jennifer at Thistlebear 

What is The Colour Collaborative? All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.


  1. I love the shades on the paint chart, just my thing! After having a more neutral home we are now progressing to more colour though our choices still remain muted. It's funny how we see the choices of our home colour when out & about, they must slip subconsciously into our thoughts when choosing them in the first place. x

  2. These are exactly the colours that I love too, along with lots of natural light. And I LOVE your mushroom picture, it's brilliant. There's something very soothing about natural colours isn't there. No-one does it better than nature. A lovely post Bee, I can feel how calming your home must be. CJ xx

  3. I love the pictures of your home, the picture is very cute!Thanks for sharing xxx

  4. I love these colors, Bee. The grays and golds are an especially appealing combination. Your home is beautiful and very put-together. I really enjoyed your post.

  5. We are 'winter' colour people too, there are plenty of warm greys out there, blues too. Your home looks perfect to me.

    Is that a Colortrend paint chart I spy?

  6. I love the sound of your colour choices, and enjoyed seeing these snippets of your home. Natural nuetrals are so beautiful to live with, and I like what your midwife said about light. :-) xx

  7. Hello Bee - visiting round the Colour Collab and what a treat to read your lovely post. Your home does look peaceful and full of light, and the nature-inspired tints are very soothing. I really like that mushroom picture!

    Sue :)

  8. Hi Bee, how lovely to have you join us for CC this month! I love the sound and the pictures of your home, your choices sound wonderful to me! I like the idea of a light bright home/mind too. We are quite lucky in that the light does stream into our home and I've always loved that about it.

    S x

  9. Your home and your colours and pictures and this post are all beautiful and light and bright!! xx

  10. Our new home is all white and muted greys.. I never find them cold but reflective and always felt these colours were good for my mind! I am in love with your colour chart at the top Bee! It's perfect! Hazel x


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