Down Pipe Regal Dining Room

4 Royal Colour Schemes with a Contemporary Edge

To celebrate the Queen’s longest reign we have created four royal colour schemes that you can use at home.

Throughout her unprecedented reign Queen Elizabeth II has worn the full spectrum of colours, but there are some colours that are intrinsically connected with royalty. Whether rooted in Roman history (Tyrian purple), or, like royal blue, historically the most expensive pigment to produce, colours including purple, red, blue and of course, gold are all perfect hues when creating a royal colour scheme.

Statement Purples

A Pelt headboard adds some colour to this neutral room

A Pelt headboard adds some colour to this neutral room

Painting a headboard directly onto the wall is one of the easiest decorating updates you can make.  By choosing an intense purple like Pelt and combining it with eclectic bedding with a nod to the monarchy you can create a regal feel.  Here we’ve combined Pelt with gentle grey Cornforth White to add an accent to an otherwise neutral colour scheme.

Rich Reds

Verdant Red inside Buckingham Palace.

Verdant Red inside Buckingham Palace

Bold reds, particularly when combined with gold leaf and chandeliers(!), will create an effortlessly regal feel in any home.  Try using rich reds like Red Earth, Picture Gallery Red and Eating Room Red, all of which have a very chalky undertone to create a more natural look in a contemporary home.  Pair with red-based Joa’s White for a very warm look that works well with much of the stone and leather we use in our homes today.

Royal Blues

Named in honour of the of indigo imported in lumps during the 18th century to use as a dye, Stone Blue is an inherently royal colour

Named in honour of the of indigo imported in lumps throughout the 18th century to use as a dye, Stone Blue is an inherently royal colour

The recent resurgence in shibori has seen royal blues make a comeback in modern homes, whether on cushions, fabrics and art (pictured here), or in crockery and furnishings.  Use royal blues to complement fresh, watery blues like Stone Blue and Dix Blue which will create a very relaxed feel in your home.

Add a Little Sparkle!

Golden Napoleonic Bumble Bees add some sparkle to this hallway

Golden Napoleonic Bumble Bees add some sparkle to this hallway

An accent of gold, silver or copper is an instant way to inject some regal style into your home.  To avoid this look becoming over the top, choose a wallpaper with a metallic pattern, like Farrow & Ball’s playful Bumble Bee, and paste it nonchalantly in a hallway, bathroom or kitchen.

 

 



Rebecca Maclean

About

Rebecca’s interest in interior design began as a teenager when she had the ‘bright’ idea of painting her bedroom a striking tangerine shade. Today that passion for colour permeates her working life, and at home she enjoys trying new ideas while decorating her first home. Rebecca loves to travel, seeing the world and discovering new landscapes, sights and flavours.


The Chromologist 2017 | Farrow & Ball

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