We're back with the first Colour Series of the new year - Flax Friday. We have to admit that all the recent grey and wet weather has been getting us down (roll on Spring, please), but yesterday's sunshine certainly pepped us up. So today's post is inspired by the golden orb in the sky...but a winter sun, so a little weaker and softer in tone. Flax or Flaxen (as it is sometimes called) is a pale yellowish-grey, the color of straw or unspun dressed flax (that's when the straw is removed from the fiber) and it's complementary colour is lavender.
Well, as you can imagine, this is quite difficult to find, so we're going to cheat a little and use yellow instead. Any shade of yellow is a positive colour, reminding us of sunny summer days and making us feel joyful, optimistic, confident and creative. If there is a negative side it can denote jealousy, anxiety and caution. But I don't think that anyone walking into the rooms we have selected below could feel anything other than energised and happy.
Images above, below and below again: This beautiful conversion in Stockholm from an office to a home, by Note Design Studio, uses flax to great effect. The yellow, green and pink colour combination is an unusual colour palette and certainly a deviation from the clean Scandinavian interiors palette of white and grey we've grown accustomed to, but it's all so light and fresh that it makes us think of carefree spring days. And what a dream it must be to swing in the middle of that huge room.
Images above, below and below again: In 2016, Dulux's Colour of the Year was Cherished Gold, which is very similar to flax. Like the Stockholm home, in the image above they have combined the Cherished Gold with a very pale pink and soft muted green to great effect. But in the image below, it has been used differently - as a colour wash over rustic wall panelling with wood, leather and linen accessories, achieving the modern rustic look we love so much. And in the image beneath that, we love the combination of the yellow with very dark Shaker kitchen cupboards, creating a gorgeous eclectic vibe.
In this sunny breakfast room by Vicente Wolf Interior Design, these flax-coloured chairs perfectly echo the tones in the painting creating a warm, wholesome environment. This room reminds us of being in Tuscany many years ago and eating slow, languid breakfasts in the sunshine.
Or how about creating a floral sunshine feel in your space with the Florine wallpaper by Harlequin? Inspired by the magnolia grandiflora and a mixture of English country garden and French classic style, it is a trailing design set against a linen-look background, which is perfect for spring-summer schemes.
In this kitchen on House Beautiful, they have brightened the window area with these lovely yellow wooden blinds with thick cotton tapes. Not only does it make a great focal point in the room, but just imagine the golden light that would always fill this kitchen. We also love the antiqued copper pendants and chairs which give the room a modern luxe feel.
And finally, this Little Greene Crowe Hall Lane Gilt wallpaper really makes this room sing. With the neutral styling of the sofa and rug, the wallpaper is definitely the feature of the room and so it should be - it's a late-19th century wallpaper which was uncovered during extensive conservation work to Crowe Hall, a Suffolk manor house. The paper had been used in a curving stairwell where the vertical nature of the trailing pattern emphasised the height of the room (which sounds divine) but its diversity is proven as it is used here in a less-grand room but still looks beautiful.