House BVI Design By Fran Morrell

A blog about Elegant Island Interior Design. Turning your house into a home

Colour Stories and how we interpret them in our interiors.

Feb 28, 2021

Pantone is the standardized colour matching system for identifying colours.  For over ten years, The Pantone Colour Institute has issued “The Colour of the Year” as a trendsetting concept for branding, marketing and the creative society as a whole. Hundreds of brands, then take on the task of designing products…

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50 Shades of White

Nov 15, 2020

What is White? If you research the meanings and explanations for white the lists and representations that are available are numerous. White is said to symbolize positivity. It is associated with purity, innocence, light, goodness, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, beginnings, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, and protection! The list is…

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Why to use Orange.

Oct 4, 2020

This months homage to colour celebrates the vibrancy of orange. Its not an obviousl colour to decorate with but used carefully and stylishly, it is beautiful and bold, warming and welcoming. I find it sneaking into my schemes all the time and when you are in the shop, you will…

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Blue and Green – A colour story for September

Sep 13, 2020

“Blue and green should never be seen without a colour in-between”. This is an old fashioned saying and one with which I totally disagree. I think that these two cool colours that sit together in the colour wheel (an analogous colour scheme) work fabulously together and we frequently use these…

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August Aquas

Aug 16, 2020

This month I want to talk about the colour aqua, both used as a back drop and an accent. Aqua is described as refreshing and uplifting. It is considered a colour of creativity, light hearted but tranquil. It inspires, calms, balances both the mind and emotion and is said to…

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Beachy Beiges and Warm Whites.

Jul 4, 2020

This months colour story for the shop and blog is the return of beige. I first wrote about this last year and as predicted, the trend continues to gain momentum both in hard finishes, soft furnishings and decorative accessories. We are now well into the first few years of what…

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Lush Greenery

Jun 1, 2020

This months colour story is all about green and how we can use it in our decorating and how to style it into schemes. Green symbolises growth, harmony and freshness. It has strong connections with safety, eco friendly, money and healing. All good reasons to incorporate this colour into our…

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Tropical Blues and Coastal hues….. the colour story for May.

May 3, 2020

This months colour story is about mixing tropical blues with soft coastal neutral tones. It’s about how to incorporate vibrant statement blues with the less noticeable calmer softer tones expected from a beach type palette. The images below are some examples of how so many different blues with a tropical…

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Christmas Decorating

Nov 29, 2018

This time last year as Christmas was approaching, there was a very different feel in the air.  Many of us wanted it just to be over and those who were not leaving for the holidays, were struggling with renovations and lack of power.  One year on and there is a…

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