If it is inspiration you are searching for, then look no further than a bright spring day and at this time of year the snowdrop provides one of the most welcome and inspirational sights of all.
For such delicate little flowers, snowdrops have great determination, breaking their way through frozen ground, they are covering the countryside in blankets of white right now – a heartening sign that spring is on its way. Nymans in Sussex is listed by the National Trust as one of the top 10 places to see snowdrops this year, so pop along if you can and grab some inspiration for yourself.
These words from Melinda Kennedy capture their presence perfectly:
Oh snowdrops, I think that you came in the night,
In only your nighties, And that’s why you’re white.
The world was all sleeping with never a sound,
You wanted to see it, so came through the ground.
I think that you’re smiling, but still feel too shy
To lift your sweet faces, to smile at the sky.
Taking inspiration from the outdoors is one way of looking at colour palettes when designing for your home. Sometime the best colours can be found right outside your door. Many designs use the view from the windows, gardens and landscape to influence the look and feel of a room and bring the outside in…or the inside out whichever way you choose to consider it.
This idea works especially well in room framed by large picture windows and open plan kitchen and dining areas, where in warmer weather you can stretch back the bi-fold doors and extend your entertaining space onto the patio.
We have hand-selected colours from some of our favourite and established paint suppliers to capture the inspiration and brilliance of these seasonal flowers.
Craig & Rose is the oldest independent paint manufacturer in the UK. Established in 1829, the firms' reputation spread swiftly through the uK and Craig and Rose became the paint of choice for the professional painter and decorator. An establishing principle of the firm was (and still is) a dedication to quality.
Mylands was established in 1884 and founded on traditional craftsmanship and finest quality. Originally selling to trade clients only, Mylands was the paint of choice for interior designs, decorators and scenic artists working in the film, television and theatre industry for many years. Mylands remained a best kept secret amongst this discerning group until 2012, when their paints were made available to customers direct for the first time with the launch of 'Colours of London, 120 timeless colours, London-made and inspired.
One way of establishing a colour scheme for your project is to collect images of colours and things that inspire you. Once you have a few, take a look and see if there is one colour or a group of colours that work well together and that you find yourself liking the most.
This example uses the snowdrops as our inspiration……not so shy now!
Little Greene is an independent, British paint manufacturer, committed to the socially and environmentally responsible production of high quality paints and wallpapers. With records dating back to the year 1773, the Little Green Dye Works is one of England's most ancient industrial sites for the making of paints and dye solutions. A contribution from every sale of paint and wallpaper goes towards English Heritage's work in preserving our ancient buildings and landscapes for future generations.
Using colour to create timeless interiors means choosing colours that you love living with rather than responding to current trends. Trends can be incorporated using wall colour or accessories like cushions which are simple to change when you fancy a refresh or want to reflect the mood or season.
So don’t be shy like our snowdrops in introducing colour into your scheme.
Our Top Tip is to choose the paint and wall colours last. Select your fabrics, floor coverings or art work first and then carefully select a colour for the walls that brings it all together harmoniously.