We had such fun discovering the hated colours of tastemakers the last time we made a feature about subjectiveness regarding colour that we’re back for part II! This time, with the tones that cause the lips of a whole new group of fine creatives to curl in disgust. We chose people who we think have a real eye for colour and we loved their reactions – mostly pure joy at being able to pontificate on what they dislike for a change.
As usual, we’re illustrating this feature with some rooms that we think ARE beautiful, both from the Farrow & Ball archives and beyond. The big question is, can we change any minds?
We couldn’t resist including the odd image to sum up our subjects dislikes too (eg Lina Kanafani’s hated 1970s bathroom colour palette), mostly found on Pinterest. Enjoy…
Artist Julie Verhoeven…on white
“I’m not keen on white. It’s impossible for me to have white in my vicinity as I guess I’m naturally clumsy and grubby, and it really doesn’t work for me . The only concession I make to white is using white paper to draw on , which inevitably gets covered in finger prints. I’ve never been able to wear white as a colour either as it makes me look totally wiped out and sad. I do however wear a white make-up base in a desperate attempt to gain an even complexion. It’s a complex, non-colour I could easily live without, although I’d struggle without the option of Tippex in my work.”
Julie Verhoeven, artist
Designer Charlene Mullen…on magnolia
“So I think if I had to choose one colour I’m not in love with it’s got to be ‘magnolia’. It seems to be doing a dis-service to the beautiful flower which is never boring, from soft white to creamiest clotted cream yellow, fresh but seductive.
It seemed in the eighties and nineties to be the only colour and was ‘safe’ and harmless but surely colour is the cheapest and easiest way even on a limited budget to transform a space. Every rented flat was ‘magnolia’ and you found yourself longing for a good white. My brother is a decorator and he refuses now to do magnolia – it’s that bad even for decorators!
I don’t think we will be having a nostalgic moment for it, do you?”
Charlene Mullen, designer and purveyor
Emily Dyson from chic shop Couverture & The Garbstore… on “Tiffany” Blue
“For me Tiffany blue works beautifully on their classic 50’s packaging but is a great example of how a colour does not translate well to interiors in this country. If we were in Miami or the Caribbean this colour could work where the light is so different but here I find it hard and sickly. It reminds me of medical centres or modern dentist waiting rooms as well as very price conscious kids clothes (as a kid I had a shiny ski jacket in the 80’s from C&A that was this colour and I think I learnt from that mistake!). I think this colour is best used/seen in small doses (and then it can be great). Or for the odd bit of madness – I love David Bowie in this suit where the colour is offset with his red hair and striped tie!”
Emily Dyson, Couverture & The Garbstore
Lina Kanafani of design concept shop Mint….on avocado and salmon
Designer Alison Lloyd of handbag brand Ally Capellino…on a particular purple
“There’s a particular purple that used to make me feel physically sick. I can identify the plant that maybe I ate the fruit of that I associate it with. It’s Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria, Pheasant Berry).”
Alison Lloyd, Ally Capellino
We invite you to join in with your own hates in the comments section below…