We asked five design experts to tell us about their favourite hues and put together Pinterest boards focussed on each colour to offer up some inspiration on how to incorporate these shades in your own space.
‘Blue becomes a true reflection of modern refinement. It represents an ease that comes with the understated elegance of cool and crisp freshness that is effortless, neat and pure.’ – Lukhanyo Mdingi, Fashion Designer
‘For me, it’s the one colour that can be added to almost every palette, usually rounding out the look. It adds a punch of soul, depth and richness to any space, at once referencing old-world romance and charm, nostalgia for times long gone and lazy afternoons spent by the sea. If I could dress the world in ochre, I certainly would.’ – Charl Edwards, Art Director and Stylist
‘The honesty of oatmeal – comforting, serene, unchallenging – adds to its perennial charm. It’s cashmere and coarse linen, it’s uncomplicated and serene – a perfect greige palette foundation.’ – Maira Koutsoudakis, founder of Life Grand Group and CEO at Life Interiors | Architecture | Creative Strategy
‘I think of black in the context of a new documentary I am developing called Black Love. Black represents love, strength, control and the spirit of decolonising the image of an entire people – my people essentially. Every time I hear the word “black” I don’t think of the colour, I think about who I am, what I am doing and what I still need to do. I can’t separate the word black from love anymore, sorry but I have gone too far down the road…. the state of black represents my purpose on earth, and my purpose on earth is to create images that expand on the state of “black” within the context of love as liberation theory…’– Lebogang Rasethaba, co-owner and founding partner of Arcade, film-maker
‘It’s quite strange that the colour green has seeped into interiors. I remember an incident in the 1990s, during an art class in Amsterdam, when the lecturer asked us students which colour we’d least like to paint. Every single person voted for green. Since then green has come to symbolise many positive concepts – it’s now a symbol of some moral force. I believe green has become a concept more than just a colour. I’ve come to love green and often use it on walls because it’s not easy or comfortable. It’s bold, it’s risky and can easily go haywire.’– Karen Roos, owner and creative director of Babylonstoren