Occasionally i make myself a little batty trying to understand why an arrangement works. i can see that it does, and know that it pleases me or a client, but i often want to decode my intuition after the fact. last week i was reading about goethe’s colour theories and how his ideas lent shape to the impressionists' use of colour. next thing i know, i’m deep into 19th century paris, its streets lined with flower shops and its gardeners working to find the next fashionable flower. and fashionable paris was of course, but all that energy put into beauty and adornment also meant research into dyes and colour. along comes a chemist called chevreul who manages to articulate ’the law of simultaneous contrast’ which i’ll tell you about in a second, but first look at the flowers here and notice how they loosely play along the lines of the traditional complementaries: red/green; violet/yellow and if we count the backdrop—orange/blue. the use of complementary colours by the impressionists led to new ways of seeing (and painting) light—such as van gogh’s use of mustard and purple or monet’s use of red and green to create vibrancy in shadow. a kind of friction arises from complementary colours, and chevreul pushed this further to the idea of simultaneous contrast, which basically says we see colours differently based upon what colours lie next to them. here, the colours are saturated so they push one another even more, create more energy. and i could use a little of that tonight after cuddles from the 80lb dog in the middle of the night 🤪...hope you had a happy sunday.
ps: the hellebore here is ‘anna’s red’.
Final pic from the real homes photo shoot. i sourced the kitchen units from the kitchen workshop in cheltenham which have an embossed surface so replicates the feel of wood grain which i love. composite worktop was from local company capsule. my biggest headache in the whole build was where to put the cat flap! in the end we built the shelving area (painted blue) in order to house the tv but also meant the cat flap could exit out to the side so it’s hidden from view. it’s always the smallest things which give rise to the biggest challenges! #statementlighting#contemporyinteriors#contemporaryinteriordesign#contemporarykitchendesign#scandiliving#colourpop#kitchenextension
Y'all i can't even explain how exciting it is to come home and have an influenster box waiting for you. i received the l'oréal serieexpert haircare voxbox! and the best part is it was 100% complimentary! this is my first voxbox which makes it that much more exciting, thank you influenster for making my day