Vintage inspired colour from the 1950s
Retro inspired design remembers and renews our interest in colours from a bygone era.
A recent visit to the interior trade show Decorex showed a whole mix of different influences and styles and certainly vintage and retro continue as strong design themes with a few established companies, and also new and up and coming designers.
I particularly like the 1950s inspired designs with cheery colours and a more relaxed design style which convey optimism. Paint manufacturer Little Greene have available a selection of colours in their ‘Colours of England’ paint chart that includes a collection of 1950s colours authenticated by English Heritage. The colours are Marine Blue, Canton, Pale Lime, Citrine, Magnolia and Orange Aurora. Little Greene also have a range of co-ordinating 50s inspired wallpaper designs including Herbes, Florette and Cones.
Looking at the warm, muted colours together in a palette they can seem at first a little heavy. But used with a balance of a much lighter colour as in these wallpapers make them seem fresh and interesting, even quirky and fun.
Inspired by natural and urban environments, mid- century illustration and Scandinavian design, eco-friendly East London company, MissPrint, also produce decorative, contemporary wallpapers in colours that are reminiscent of this 50s theme; Little Trees, Muscat and Dandelion Mobile are some of the designs. There are also lovely fabrics, lampshades and cushions to complete the look.
(images courtesy of Little Greene, MissPrint)
Bernay’s background in interior design led her to develop her passion and study of colour. Now a specialist in colour psychology, she advises on projects, and also lectures and teaches on the subject. You can read more about colour-related topics her blog in:colour! You can follow her on Twitter @bernaylaity. Read more posts by Bernay Laity.
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