A new book by textile artist and interior designer, Susan Hable looks at colourful ways you can banish the tyranny of white walls from your home, writes Des Breen.
Fans of interior decor TV shows could be forgiven for thinking a room can be any colour as long as it’s white - we’re bombarded with the idea that white walls equal light airy rooms and the illusion of space.
However, over the past few years, textile designer Susan Hable has become the leading voice in the goal to restore colour to our homes, arguing for bright palettes which take their inspiration from nature.
Flowers, feathers, stones, bark, leaves became her source materials to create moods using vibrant walls and vivid textiles.
“Live out your wildest colour dreams,” she says.
“Become a ‘design investigator’: take walks and look at the textures and tones around you— forests, beaches, historic sites, art galleries are all catalogues of colour.
“Examine how hues combine in nature at different seasons of the year.”
Some of her rooms are wrapped in one shade from floor to ceiling; others are layered, creating a mood that can be pale and soothing or dramatic and vivid.
Get creative, she encourages, colourful rooms are stimulating and even moving a piece of furniture or changing up something as minor as a pillowcase, can strike a new note.
Above all, she says, don’t be afraid to experiment and trust your instincts.
Train your eye and you will soon be able to create pleasing combinations from scenes in the great world outside and then incorporate them into your living spaces.
A Colourful Home, Creating Lively Palettes for Every Room, by Susan Hable, is published by Chronicle books (€24.99).
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