Lessons in interior colour schemes from ex-Valentino Director, Christina Rottman
In September, Christina Rottman sat down with David A. Keeps from HouseBeautiful to talk about one of her latest interior design projects, a stunning Santa Barbara ranch. You can read the full article by clicking here and see the photos of her spectacular work, but we thought we’d let you in on some of the valuable colour lessons she shared while talking with David.
Inside doesn’t always need to match the outside
The comment was made that the interior of the home was quite moody compared to the gorgeous seaside views of the property. Christina said, “Brightness is right outside the windows: blue skies, green leaves. To counter it, I used emerald, sapphire and espresso in the living areas.” So just because outside the home is bright and beachy, doesn’t mean inside has to match. In fact, contrast could be your biggest asset.
Creating balance when using colour comes down to a foundation
When working with lots of bold colour how do you keep it balanced? With white, according to Christina. “Lots of white — it's visually, mentally and spiritually uplifting” she said. So, if you want to go bright you need to make sure it is grounded and balanced by the use of a neutral colour.
There are ways to make big spaces feel more intimate
The property Christina was working on is 7,500 square feet… pretty huge! To keep feelings of intimacy and a closeness in some spaces she used wallcoverings in bold patterns and creative colours to bring the spaces in. “The scale of the home is very large, so wallcoverings help create intimacy and warmth” she said.
Making colour work comes down to one simple rule…
People are often scared of using colour too much – and rightly so. There’s nothing more off-putting than a British home decorated with canary yellow cabinetry, brown furniture and floral accents! So how can you balance it out? By following Christina’s key rule, “spaces do best with neutrals and no more than two accent hues.” So keep it simple, keep a neutral base and dress it up with colours – but always keep to a palette of two.
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