Show Your True Colours

Small spend big trend with inspiration accessories that will colour your life

 Words: Dylan Muhlenberg | Art Direction: Charl Edwards

The French have a term “Grisaille” that they use to denote a form of decoration in different shades of grey, which is by no means colourless as there’s a marvelous mixture of colour that falls within the grey spectrum. (Up to fifty shades, some would say…) While earthy neutrals will always be the backdrops to our lives, unless you want your home to have all the personality of a chain hotel suite you should look at adding pops of colour wherever you can.

“My house is like a prop shop,” laughs Superbalist homeware stylist Charl Edwards. “I don’t take anything too seriously, and sometimes I’ll use the same colour coded organised chaos that I’ve done here to distract from the mess.”

Now we’ve seen how Charl tucks his perfectly ironed T-shirts into his perfectly tailored shorts, and so when he says “mess” it’s probably a case of a rogue Monocle Magazine accidently placed on top of a stack of Apartamentos. That “colour coded organizes chaos” is more a meticulously organized archive of the objets that he surrounds himself with. Which is why we asked Charl to teach us about this cheap and cheerful way of upgrading our spaces – as it’s something that requires minimum effort and spend yet delivers maximum wow-factor every damn time.

“It’s a great way to work with what you already have and can make a really big impact,” says Charl, who believes that the same colour blocking trend that was all the rage on the runway a few seasons back can now be applied to our homes. And speaking of trends…

“Another big trend is the circle,” adds Charl. “So try use different sized circular side tables to curate your colour coded ornaments on.”

Available in various sizes and colours, these circular side tables are the perfect furniture to present your collection of exceptional items. Charl goes on to say that when you’re done with this particular look the tables are a cinch to separate and can then go on to be their own private side tables again.  

Now you’re probably familiar with this style of assemblage from browsing your Instagram feed, but what you may not know is that these small, contained setups are the easiest way to show off your style and can even hint at your mood.

If you believe the psychobabble, an aptitude for certain colours reflects different personality types. By putting together assemblages comprising shades of individual colours in small-scale installations, these vibrant hues clumped together form contemporary clusters that are greater than the sum of their parts and may even have the power to alter your mood.

Just be sure to show some restraint or you’ll run the risk of turning your home into a Rubik’s Cube.

People who like white are often organized and logical and don't have a great deal of clutter in their lives. White is also the basic colour in any decorator’s tool kit due to its flexibility. While most people will use a neutral colour to build upon, focussing on it is a bold statement as it’s quite unexpected as an accent colour. 

This is like bottling sunshine and then pouring it out whenever you need a pick me up. Yellow is the perfect way to uplift a kitchen where it will welcome you into the space with a feeling of happiness. Keep it as an accent though, as studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior and in large amounts it can create feelings of frustration and anger.

Red has the ability to raise a room’s energy level, pump adrenaline, stir excitement and draw people together.Whether that’s a good thing is up for debate, which is why it’s usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms. However, if you’re in the room after dark the shade will be muted, rich, elegant and luxurious by lamplight. And depending on how you like to spend your time in your bedroom, perhaps raised blood pressure and a speedier heart rate is a good thing, if you know what we’re saying, wink wink, nudge nudge,  huba-huba, *bites knuckle, phwoar! etc. 

Calming,relaxing and serene, the colour blue is often recommended for bedrooms, bathrooms and the type of institution where you wear pajamas all day. The trick here is to use different shades of blue to balance things beautfiully. Say, a lighter blue like eggshell with the warmer hue of  periwinkle alongside a bright cerulean blue or turquoise. Navy blue is almost black and also the official colour of Monday, so use sparringly.

Not strictly the domain of little girls’ bedrooms anymore, pink has the ability to bring the same restful calm as blue and green but without the risk of feeling chilly. Darker shades create depth and are rich, dramatic and sophisticated. If you’d like to create a more jarring composition, place an interesting succulent amongst your assemblage and remember to snap a photograph and post to your Instagram with a #plantsonpink hashtag.

Green is what happens when a very calming blue and a very cheery yellow love one another very much. By reflecting nature it’s one of the more restful colours for the eye, and green not only helps us to unwind it is also said to help with fertility. So again, depending on your goals, perhaps a shade to consider for the bedroom?

If you choose the colour copper above all the others on this page, it means that you are a good friend and try your hardest to be reliable and dependable.  Flashy objects are not something you desire; you just want a stable life. Look out for Venus moving into retrograde and avoid making rash decisions at work or you’ll soon discover that your love life will begin to suffer...

Yes, it’s probably all a load of bunk, so choose colours because you dig them and have objects in that shade already. This gives you the luxury to then choose whether you want to be happy, chilled, relaxed or fired up when you bask in the glory of your creations.