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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Putting Colour to Work

                                                      Desire to Inspire
Le Corbusier said that 'a house is a machine for living' - that a space is there to serve it's inhabitants. Well, I believe that it is colour that pumps the life into it. These images are chosen as good examples of how powerful colour can be and how quickly the right colour can create an inspiring environment. Layering colours that are sympathetic to scale and proportion can create depth where perhaps there is none, and clarity where it is lacking.

A well chosen shade defines a room; bringing it into it's own. These designers and architects have created spaces that are dynamic and exciting, grounding and functional and I find them utterly compelling. Don't you?

The top three images belong to photographer Matthew Millman - his website is pretty fab.


  1. you should post your photos in here as well.
    i do care a lot about space, but colour for me is always a must. every space i've designed or styled is full of colours, bold colours. i love to transform spaces with colour and rearrange furniture. space is the a body, colour the energy - impossible to separate them.

  2. Yes, I agree, they are intrinsically linked - you cannot have one without the other. It's all about creating environments. Having seen some of your work, I'd have to say that is exactly what you do - that kitchen is dynamic!


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