Two Spring Schemes from an Expert Colour Consultant

Written on 20th February 2020

As our in-home experts, our Colour Consultants spend a great deal of their time transforming real living spaces up and down the country. As such, they’re firmly at the cutting edge of colour, knowing not just the key shades that are gracing stylish homes globally, but how to put them to great use, too. We turned to Jill Hazelgrove, the Consultant at our Bristol showroom, for her top tips on refreshing your rooms with our key colours for 2020, Sap Green and Duck Green.

scheme one

In these colours, I envision a scheme for an open-plan living space. More and more properties are being extended to embrace the outdoors and family living, which is brilliant for creating sociable spaces, but can make it more daunting to decorate. My suggestion is to use different colours to delineate each area.

Bone is a lovely soft neutral that can be taken over walls and ceiling in the kitchen area, and you could use Sap Green to mark out the dining area. If you don’t have a useful junction at which to start a new colour, you could try extending Bone through the dining area, but colour-blocking an area near the dining table.

Farrow & Ball Sap Green Living Room
Farrow & Ball Babouche Yellow Kitchen

Left: An inviting dining room painted in Sap Green; Right: Bone and Babouche have been used to colour-block this open-plan living and dining space.

Finally, I’d use lead-grey Down Pipe for the living area, either across the whole space, or applied in a similar way to the Sap Green colour-blocked dining room.

Any way you choose to combine these colours, you’ll have a scheme that connects you to the outdoors. This palette is earthy with a hint of mid-century modern, bringing in the utilitarian trend for Danish design. Second-hand Ercol or G-Plan furniture embraces the recent swing towards nostalgia perfectly.

scheme two
Duck Green and Pink Ground Painted Kitchen
De Nimes and Hardwick White Bedroom

Left: This traditional kitchen is given some contemporary colour with cabinetry in Duck Green and walls in Pink Ground; Right: In this Hardwick White room, De Nimes Casein Distemper creates a low faux cornice.

These colours create a natural, earthy scheme with a hint of the traditional. Despite each shade having a modern feel, the scheme as a whole feel grounded in nostalgia and the security of the past. You could try them in a kitchen, with base units in Duck Green, walls and wall units in Hardwick White, and woodwork in Treron.

This combination would also look lovely in a dining room – walls in Duck Green, ceiling in Treron, and woodwork and cornice in Hardwick White. Or, try the same approach in a living room combined with pale natural wood and faux fur rugs.

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