Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

Sadly I didn’t make it to the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which closed over the weekend, but I have been mesmerised by one of his works – the colours in particular.

Winter Timber

This piece, titled ‘Winter Timber’, was created on fifteen canvases, and measures 2.74m x 6.10m. It is currently held in a private collection, but I have been imaging what sort of interior would house a piece like this, with those wonderfully vibrant purples, blues and greens.

I’m imagining a living room. I’d start with a fresh white palette, which loves the injection of bold spots of colour. Then I’d add some neutral, sandy tones to blend with the cut timber in the picture. The earthiness of this colour adds to the theme of the painting, and is a warm, comforting colour that makes people feel at ease. I’d add interest to this neutral scheme by introducing texture and by drawing upon the earthy browns in the fallen leaves. And finally, I’d pick up on those purples, blues and greens to inject a few pops of colour and an element of frivolity into the scheme.

Hockney scheme

  1. Fine Oak floorboards from Element7
  2. Madura Oatmeal fabric from Linwood for the sofa
  3. Galileo table lamp by Chad Lighting
  4. Lemon Grass coffee table by DN Designs
  5. Batsman paint from The Little Greene
  6. Plain Silk Duppion in prune,and
  7. Virginia Creeper silk dupion in turmeric / grapefabric, both from Clarissa Hulse for cushions
  8. Mixed Metals rug by David Rockwell from The Rug Company

This scheme would allow the painting to be the focal point of the room, ensuring the ‘wow’ factor of such a wonderful piece of art!

“Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.”
David Hockney

Image ©David Hockney. Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkinson. Colour swatches: Nicola Holden. Product images from respective companies.

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