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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

How to mix, match & clash colour!

Shop the market picks: 1. Yellow lasagne dish, $52 | 2. Purple and green salad plate, $16.99 | 3. Ikat bowl, $0.99  | 4. Ooti fabric | 5. Yellow fruit jug, £30 | 6. Ditte sofa, £2698

As soon as I saw this colour clash story in Red magazine, I knew instantly that I had to share it here on Bright.Bazaar because it's a fine example of how to decorate with mix and match colours and patterns. Ironically, even though clashing prints and hues in this manner is essentially about breaking the rules, there are still guidelines you can follow to help keep the scheme looking stylish. Be sure to keep the bulk of your products (whether that's your tableware or your soft furnishings) all within the same palette. Different shades and hues, yes, but all the same colour family. Then, to add your clash twist to the scheme, throw in a decorating curveball with a contrast colour. This can be seen above with where purple is combined with a contrasting orange or green. The look has a tropical, summertime feel to it, so I rounded up some great buys to emulate the look. Which piece would you buy?
// Lifestyle tear sheets via Red magazine, May 2012 | Styling by Mary Norden | Photography by Laura Edwards

23 comments:

  1. Oh wow -- I love all those pieces!!!! I'm crazy about a crazy symphony of patterns and colors. Gorgeous post, Will!

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  2. i love the fruit jug! perfect for summer margaritas ;)

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  3. Nice mix of patterns, shades & colors, welcome to spring !

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  4. Will! Holymoly it's like I've died and gone to Color on Crack HEAVEN! Such sumptuous patterns I'll take this entire post please!

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  5. I'm all over that blue and white business with pops of yellow. A very happy post!

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  6. thank you for sharing! I love this kind of mix & match tablescapes! We've got a mix of aqua and olive green tableware, so I think that Marimekko bowl in the pic with the vases would be a fun addition. I also really love blue and white tableware, that Rörstrand Mon Amie is so pretty!

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  7. Gorgeous! I love to place my blue and white china (mainly arabia valencia) on a hot pink batik tablecloth...

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  8. wow thanks for sharing will! i'm hooked on that purple and orange combo. seriously can't stop looking at it!

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  9. Very rarely do I see anything actually affordable on a style blog - thanks for featuring things that are in my price range, like the Target Ikat bowl!

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  10. I would buy that couch - how amazing is that?!?! Love the post and learning the theory behind design concepts. Nice one Will!!!

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  11. What a fab shoot, thanks for sharing! Love the mix of monochrome ceramics in the first pic x

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  12. The stack of blue dishes are so very tempting. But that sofa... love! Then there is the hard to resist sunny yellow baking dish. How does a girl choose?

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  13. The question is: which piece wouldn't I buy??? Wow what an amazing collection.

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  14. I'm such a big fan of mixing patterns together!

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  15. Such fun, I love mixing colours :)

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  16. I lvoe coming here Will! It is such a contrast to all the Scandi blogs I read, and that is why it is so inspiring. I need to learn to mix colours!

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  17. My mum has that yellow vase and she has had it for years. - I always thought it was hideous - its funny how things come back into fashion!! x

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  18. This is so weird, I nearly wrote about this spread too. I did a big magazine dash yesterday to do some research and also as a rainy day activity. I saw this layout and it knocked my socks off.... so much colour and pattern. Yummy. It also fuelled part of the domestic bickering in my post about my husband interfering in design decisions.
    http://marymiddletondesign.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/making-design-decisions-for-your-home.html

    So very you all this colour Will and makes my heart sing

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    1. Wasn't it just wonderful?! A colour and pattern treat! ;)

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  19. Love the Ikat bowl! I was NOT expecting it to be $0.99! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  20. The blue and white china are my favorites, the color combos are timeless but with a modern twist!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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