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Shaded white

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:26

"Never use pure white. It doesn't exist in nature." Aldro T Hibbard

Greetings and welcome to our day 5 design in colour exploration.

We are feeling quite all white :)

Shaded white : Colour schemes are arrangements of colours based upon colour systems. Most of us intuitively work towards colour choices and have our favourites and preferences. Over time our tastes change, but then often revert back to colour schemes that we think we have 'moved on' from.

Installation art : nature deconstruction - Maude Leonard Contant

We effectively 'cycle' through palettes over time. Colours we were once drawn to, then tire from, we may find creeping back into our design choices again. This is because colour stimulates us. We all need change, but there is still comfort in the familiar.

White can represent a clean slate, new beginnings, a fresh start - so every year around this time (when Autumn is often overwhelmingly impressive with colour) we look to Winter and the pared-back appeal of gardens and landscapes in it's setting.

By visualising designs and projects achromatically - composition, shape, form, definition, lighting, style, mood and contrast can all be considered and explored on an indepth scale.

Seedpod - HC Gardens

Our eyes sense the reflected wavelenghts of light and perceive them as colour. Objects reflect and absorb these wavelengths. Today's design in colour exploration of shaded white studies whites that are simple and beautiful in faded forms. Whites that are also contrasty for being both highlighted, and cast in long shadows by Winter's low light - and whites that are warm and bright when reflected, refracted or absorbed by metals.

Blind - Anish Kapoor

Ibiza Formentera

Land art - Henrique Oliveira

Lost&found - HC Gardens

Chair - Daniel Wildrig

Architecture - Jurgen Mayer-Hermann

Display - Hannah Lemholt

Land art - T Soekmin Ko

Couture - Stephane Rolland

Anish Kapoor

Couture - Iris van Herpen

Sculptures - Anish Kapoor

Land art - Richard Long

Outside in installation - Richard Long

Land art - Anish Kapoor

Land art - Karin van der Molen

Turning the world inside out series - Anish Kapoor

Rhinestones Tea Lights - Teri

Styling - Doswell & McLean

Vanilla Moon - Doshi Levien for Haagen Dazs

"White is the combination of all colours and the indicator of light and brightness, with powerful connotations to all of our rites of passage."

Interiors - Rose Cottage

Paint - Shaded White 201 - Farrow & Ball

Front of house - exterior paint studies - The Paper Mulberry, Country Living by Glenda Steel

Land art light installation - Bruce Munro

Seed Clouds lighting - Ochre

'The beginning and the end' - Sherwin James

Shaded white Source book : Dezeen, Architecture circus, Houzz, Farrow & Ball, HC Gardens, Anish Kappor, Pinterest, Bruce Munro, Rose cottage, The Paper Mulberry country living, Annie Snadler, Awakening Bohemia, Tumblr, Felix Lammers, Indulgy, Vogue, Doswell & McLean, W Strepp, Ochre, Boyle family, Picturette

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Copper orange

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 07:43

Well hello Autumn! Today has been incredibly beautiful here with sunshine and a breeze, and the leaves are starting to turn and tumble. In celebration of Autumn today we are bringing you a design in colour exploration of coppery tones. From the glimmering of copper metallics all the way through to burnt orange and rust... today is all about the trending copper oranges

Also read our two page article all about bringing the glamour of metallics and coppery colours into gardens, and Autumn garden styling in the Oxford Times Homes & Gardens this week - with Liz Nicholls.

So here we go...

spot the gecko

This was our favourite design in colour exploration so far. If you subscribe or know our work that wont surprise you at all! We love Autumn and always design gardens and landscapes to come alive at a time when many others fade... and then beyond...

The next design in colour exploration is Winter inspired. 

Copper orange Source book: Pinterest,, Homes & Gardens,, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd (multi),, Alexander McQueen, Barry Underwood, houzz, Antony Gormley

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Green Day

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 13:52

Welcome, take a seat...

or lie back...

it's green day

Green day Source book : Homeli, Vogue, Lasvit, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Tempo Dedica, Iphoneray, Living sculpture Mathilde Roussel, Horticultural Art, Pinterest 9multi), Trebujena, Cadiz, Green fields, Heaven sent, Mathieu Noel, Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy, Dumpaday, Vitamain Ha, Frank Lloyd Wright, Blasted Heath, Julie Hillman, This is glamorous.

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it's just Amarelo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 18:06

It's day one of our seven days of colour, so today... let there be light!

All week we are sharing some of our colour explorations of design through light, land, art, nature, form, style & function.

"and then it was all yellow" - Coldplay

In the spectrum of lichen, mustard, amber, saffron, straw, ochre, chartreuse and citron.

Amber chair by Jaeuk Jung

Tenturium by Nancy Mintz

10,000 workers helmets arranged as Land Art in protest of  job losses in the construction industry in Milan. - 2012

Design Heroes

Bruce Munro : Light installation Land Art

Alexander McQueen

Philippe Starck

"some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun" - Picasso

- goes well with...

With yellow the less is more approach is a good rule to follow but it can really pack a punch when coupled with greys or black. We tend to be drawn to yellow hues in the Autumn more than other seasons, but we intend to take a leap of faith and explore more colour blocking possibilities with yellow in next year's landscape designs. 

Amarelo Source book : Tsuyoshi Tane for Citizen, luv & light blog, Pinterest, habit usva, Damse Voarte, Ruifier,, Maurizio Cattelan, Benoit Courtri, Bruce munro, Vogue,, Susan Dwyer, Pattern Prints journal, Sakir Gokcebag, CHC mag, Sedio Lucette.

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Smoky lavender

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 13:58

In day 2 of our design in colour exploration we bring together a look book of lavender tones - but at the more dusky end of the spectrum.

Lavender evokes a sense of nostalgia, and the smoky shades of it - those lavender greys, combined with silvered and white washed woods, stone and classical flowers inspire a sense of relaxed elegance.

Lavandula itself is a calming agent so the pared-back hues of lavender are the epitomy of calm. 

So sit back and scroll through today's post,  and just let all the smoky lavender sultry style wash over you...

modern smoky lavender

nostalgic smoky lavender

deep smoky lavender

sparkling smoky lavender

vintage smoky lavender

urban smoky lavender

country smoky lavender

epic smoky lavender until tomorrow

Smoky lavender Source book : Hendy Curzon Gardens (multi), Alexander Mc Queen, Pinterest, Colorfullyliving blog, Wisteria Cottage, Emily Blake, Drew Foster design, Jahan Square, Stephen Green Armtage, houzz

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