How to work colour in your home – according to the interior design addicts behind Rockett St George

How to work colour in your home – according to the interior design addicts behind Rockett St George

Colour has well and truly invaded our homes. In fact, no interiors scheme is complete these days without at least a dash of a punchy shade!

That might sound pretty scary, though, if you’re still clinging to neutrals and quaking at the thought of plunging into the dizzy array of colours on offer.

Step forward self-confessed colour-addicts Lucy St George and Jane Rockett, the duo behind chic interiors destination, Rockett St George. They’re on a mission to help us transform our homes with a host of hues, and reveal their secrets and personal inspirations in their new book, Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors In Colour.

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Colour is emotional, says the pair – “Think peaceful pastels, and sexy reds, creative greens and happy yellows” – and it’s important to consider the meaning of colour and how it affects your emotions, if you want to create a home that feels right for you and harbours the right mood.

Rockett and St George visited homes around the world bursting with bright, bold and brilliant ideas, and looked at the colour rules – and how to break them! – for conjuring successful schemes.

Check out their guide to four of the most fashionable shades for rooms…

Let the sunshine in

Sunny hues – from lemon yellow through to fiery orange – create a stunningly colourful corner in a living room at the home of Eloise Jones and Aine Donovan (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)
Sunny hues – from lemon yellow through to fiery orange – create a stunningly colourful corner in a living room at the home of Eloise Jones and Aine Donovan (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)

“A splash of yellow will catch the eye, set the heart racing and make you smile”, declare the pair. “Yellow’s associated with feelings of joy, optimism, happiness and warmth. It can lift your spirits like a sudden ray of sunshine and is believed to promote clear thinking and quick decision-making.”

Their own favourite shade on the yellow spectrum is mustard, which they describe as “an earthy hue that’s both sophisticated and a wonderful way to inject an uplifting spirit into your home”.

Work the colour: Black can make a perfect neutral backdrop for strong colours like yellow or orange. “It makes them pop and allows furniture, textiles and artwork to shine through and become the stars of the show,” they explain.

If bold sunny shades seem too vibrant and make you want to reach for your sunglasses, consider opting for more subtle sandy-yellow shades as an alternative to creams.

Considering the effect of light on colour is also key, they caution. For instance, a cool-toned lemon yellow can feel hard and unwelcoming in the colder light of a north-facing room, making it more suitable for south-facing rooms.

Lighten the mood with a flash of yellow

Yellow accessories pack a punch, and Rockett and St George note how a yellow chair or piece of art “brings energy to a room without overwhelming it”.

(L-R) Mongolian Sheepskin Cushion – Mustard Yellow, Cult Furniture; Hyde Armchair – Fabric (Acor) Yellow, Habitat; Spotted Leopard Coin Bank, Rockett St George; Mustard Yellow All Over Fringe Table Lamp, Rockett St George (Cult Furniture/Habitat/Rockett St George/PA)
(L-R) Mongolian Sheepskin Cushion – Mustard Yellow, Cult Furniture; Hyde Armchair – Fabric (Acor) Yellow, Habitat; Spotted Leopard Coin Bank, Rockett St George; Mustard Yellow All Over Fringe Table Lamp, Rockett St George (Cult Furniture/Habitat/Rockett St George/PA)

Seduce with pink

A seductive symphony in pink in the El Fenn hotel, Marrakech, where a room features raspberry embroidery on curtains, a claret velvet chair, and an earthy sorbet shade on the walls (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)
A seductive symphony in pink in the El Fenn hotel, Marrakech, where a room features raspberry embroidery on curtains, a claret velvet chair, and an earthy sorbet shade on the walls (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)

Pinks are enjoying huge popularity in decor right now – particularly the soft, pale tones. “The gentler shades of pink encourage calmness and love, while stronger shades, such as hot pink, go hand in hand with feelings of joyfulness and creativity,” enthuse the duo.

Our passion for pink is nothing new, they point out, as the shade has been a constant favourite as a decorative choice throughout the decades, from ice-cream pastel pinks in the Fifties, to the hot pinks of the Eighties.

Rockett and St George took inspiration from earthy pinks characteristic of Moroccan homes for the pink shades in their paint collection for Craig & Rose.  Their nude/pink shades include Broderie, Gladstone Grey and Bohemia (Chalky Emulsion Paint).

Work the colour: For living rooms and bedrooms, the duo recommend “nude and pale pinks with warm undertones to make you feel nurtured and safe”. Work or studio spaces, meanwhile, are the perfect place to experiment with  “brighter pinks, which are flamboyant and expressive, ideal for creating impact”.

Sizzle with pops of pink

Declare your passion for the colour with the prettiest pink pieces that will take you from hot to blushing…

(L-R) Askem Loveseat – Velvet (Piave) Pink, Habitat; Belinda Pink Velvet Throw, Ragged Rose; Champagne Teacup & Saucer, Rockett St George (Ragged Rose/Habitat/Rockett St George/PA)
(L-R) Askem Loveseat – Velvet (Piave) Pink, Habitat; Belinda Pink Velvet Throw, Ragged Rose; Champagne Teacup & Saucer, Rockett St George (Ragged Rose/Habitat/Rockett St George/PA)

Go green and gorgeous

Rich forest green – a calming colour associated with growth and good health – has been chosen for the bedroom in this Edinburgh home (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)
Rich forest green – a calming colour associated with growth and good health – has been chosen for the bedroom in this Edinburgh home (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)

“Green is fabulously versatile. Whether you prefer soft sage, rich emerald or deep forest green, this crowd-pleaser of a colour can be adapted to suit just about any style of interior,” the decor-lovers declare.

Green is said to evoke feelings of balance, tranquillity and renewal, and studies have shown that it’s the most restful colour for the human eye. It’s totally synonymous with the ‘green’ movement and eco initiatives that are on the rise right now too.

Work the colour: Dark greens work wonders in living rooms and bedrooms, or anywhere else in the home where you want to relax and have “a little respite”, advise the colour gurus. “Brighter punchier greens are perfect for energising a busy area such as the kitchen or hallway,” they also suggest. “Green accents in the shape of plants or cacti will bring your decor to life and – added bonus – act as a natural air-refresher for the home.”

Bring on the balance with a touch of green

Green accessories can add a sophisticated touch and enhance those soothing vibes…

(L-R) Chaplin Armchair – Velvet Upholstered – Forest Green, Cult Furniture; Plain Large Cushion – Velvet Fabric – Sage Green, Cult Furniture; Glazed Green Bottleneck Vase, Rockett St George (Cult Furniture/Rockett St George/PA)
(L-R) Chaplin Armchair – Velvet Upholstered – Forest Green, Cult Furniture; Plain Large Cushion – Velvet Fabric – Sage Green, Cult Furniture; Glazed Green Bottleneck Vase, Rockett St George (Cult Furniture/Rockett St George/PA)

Dive into blue

Blended blue-greens dominate an airy living room, filled with cherished pieces of art and furniture, at the home of Caitlin and Samuel, founders of Popham Design (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)
Blended blue-greens dominate an airy living room, filled with cherished pieces of art and furniture, at the home of Caitlin and Samuel, founders of Popham Design (Catherine Gratwicke/Ryland Peters & Small/PA)

“Blue is the coolest of all the colours in the spectrum and conjures up feelings of reliability and stability,” says Rockett. “Due to its associations with nature  – think of clear summer skies and turquoise ocean – blue can also inspire feelings of serenity and contentment.”

Blue, she points out, is a stress-busting colour with a masculine edge (a recent study found that 42% of men chose blue as their favourite colour), but that doesn’t mean blue is just for boys, of course!

Work the colour: Bold blues, the pair suggest, particularly suit home offices, children’s playrooms, hallways and bathrooms. Darker blues project a sense of  sophistication and tranquillity, and can work as the perfect backdrop for art collections and decorative displays.

Splash out on blue details

Give your space a stress-busting edge with one or two blue buys…

(L-R) Popp Turquoise Bamboo Table Lamp With Fabric Shade – Danube Blue, Habitat; Three Peacocks Velvet Cushion, Anna Jacobs; Dino Turquoise Textured Earthenware Vase, Habitat (Habitat/Anna Jacobs/PA)
(L-R) Popp Turquoise Bamboo Table Lamp With Fabric Shade – Danube Blue, Habitat; Three Peacocks Velvet Cushion, Anna Jacobs; Dino Turquoise Textured Earthenware Vase, Habitat (Habitat/Anna Jacobs/PA)

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If you follow our fabulous co-founder, Jane Rockett (@rockettstgeorge) on Instagram you'll know our exciting news .... we've written our second book!⠀ .⠀ All about colour, it's history, colour inspiration and how to choose the right colour palette for your home, we are so excited to see what you think! Publishing on the 8th of October you can pre-order, Extraordinary Interiors In Colour, from Rockett St George now (link in bio). Even better, to celebrate we'd LOVE to have you join us at our book launch parties. We are hosting a book launch party in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Get your tickets by swiping up in our stories.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #rockettstgeorgebook #extraordinaryinteriorsbook #extraordinaryinteriorsincolour #extraordinaryinteriorsincolourbook #interiordesigntips #interiordesigntips #rockettstgeorge #makeeverythingbeautiful #surroundyourselfwiththethingsyoulove #rockettstgeorgestyle #iloverockettstgeorge #mycolourfulhome

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Extracted from Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, photography by Catherine Gratwicke, published by Ryland Peters & Small. Available now.

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