Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

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Now, onto the subject of this newsletter! I was recently interviewed by SW Resident magazine, (you can read the article here), and one question that the journalist asked me is ‘where do I get my inspiration from’? I happened to mention that I am an avid birdwatcher, and I love taking note of the colour combinations of birds’ feathers. So, I thought I’d share with you here some of those colour combinations from trips to Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica that I went on a few years ago. The colours seem particularly suitable in light of the tropical weather we’re currently having in London at the moment!

First up is this Blue-grey Tanager. At first sight this colour combination is fairly monochromatic, but on closer inspection there are accents of violet and a bright cyan blue that lift the otherwise cool, calming colours of this scheme.

Next up is this rather cool Keel-billed Toucan. Its body is predominately quite a severe black and yellow, but its bill is a rather colourful combination of lime green, petrol blue, burnt orange and a deep plum! It is these added colours that bring a playful element to this otherwise very stark colour scheme.

At first glance this Scarlet Macaw is a blend of four simple primary colours – red, yellow, blue and green. However, on closer inspection there are different hues of these colours in the feathers, adding depth to this colour combination.

And finally, this stunning little Rufous-tailed Jacamar! This is a pretty good example of a split-complimentary colour scheme, combining the harmonious effect of adjacent colours on the colour wheel (blues and greens) with the contrasting effect of the browny-orange colours situated on the opposite side. The white on the throat of the bird adds an unexpected punch into the mix!

Would you use any of these colour schemes in your home? And if yes, which room would you put it in? I love to hear your thoughts!

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”
Edouard Manet

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