Colour

One of the highlights of London Design Week, aside from our successful stint at the London Design Fair, was Farrow & Ball’s announcement of nine new colours. And we’re super excited to say that there seems to be some synergy between the new colours and our wallpaper range.

Colour is extremely important to us at KCDesign.London. Kate shoots from the hip and then spends hours refining the photographic design until it highlights visual details that most of us miss every day. It’s an organic process which continues until the spirit of the object is represented and a sense of completion is felt.

For this reason, we appreciate that the launch of new colours is big news. It’s not something that happens every day due to the complexity of the process. At Farrow & Ball, an extraordinary amount of care and attention goes into each new hue, from refining its exact shade to dreaming up the perfect name and telling the story behind the rich pigments.

All of the nine new colours, which fit seamlessly into the other 132 in the collection, have an extraordinary warmth to them. They’re more than a base for your walls, they have the ability to make you feel a sense of being ‘at home’ and relaxed as your eye takes in the comforting shade. This echoes the ethos of a KCDesign.London print, which adds a depth of atmosphere to your living space due to the organic nature of what it represents.

At the London Design Fair, people wanted to touch and stroke our wallpapers as they were captivated by the details deep inside. When you have a paper that draws everyone’s attention to it or a colour that sucks people in, you have to be careful about the other elements on the walls so that the rich, organic nature of the colour is complemented in a way that flows. Wallpaper like ours can only be complemented with colours that are carefully pigmented so everything joins together naturally.

 Pebbled wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Bancha 298

Pebbled wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Bancha 298

 Dockers wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink 295

Dockers wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink 295

 Silveroad wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Paean Black 294

Silveroad wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Paean Black 294

 Blush wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Preference Red 297

Blush wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Preference Red 297

 Tibetan Flags wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Treron 292

Tibetan Flags wallpaper with Farrow & Ball Treron 292

The new Farrow and Ball colours highlight the details in our wallpapers (and vice versa) accordingly: 

KC Design’s Pebbled with F&B’s Bancha 298

KC Design’s Dockers with F&B’s Sulking Room Pink 295

KC Design’s Silver Roads with F&B’s Paen Black 294

KC Design’s Blush with Preference Red 297

KC Design’s Tibetan Flags with F&B’s Treron 292

5 Tips For Styling Cushions

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There’s no doubt that cushions transform a sofa from something we sit on to something that we are happy to stare at and admire. They’re an easy way to add some character to a room. But with so many colours, sizes and textures available – how do we choose which ones would look best in our home? 

Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier when you know some cushion styling tips and tricks. After making cushions a part of the KC Design.London product range, we are gaining that knowledge and we’re happy to share. Follow our advice and your sofa will feel so much more sumptious, trust us.

 

1)      Work out the colour palette of your room

Often living rooms are full of lots of colours and patterns. The colour of your walls, the patterns on your curtains, the artwork hanging on your wall, as well as any coffee tables, vases, china or any other trinkets... these all add colour and texture to your room. Quite often there is a whole lot going on in a living room and things can feel very busy and mis-matched. Selecting your cushions based on the colours that already exist in your living room can subtly pull together all the busyness in the room and help the existing colours to complement each other, rather than work against each other.

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So how do you select a colour palette from all the objects in a room? The best way to do this is to sit in the middle of your room with your laptop in hand. Have a good look around and try to identify 2 - 3 colours that meet these criteria:

The colour should exist in some other element in your room - it could be your curtains, a painting on the wall or a vase on a coffee table; and

They must complement each other - this is the most important criteria. Don't choose three really loud and bright cushions. They must look really good together, all on their own.

Take some time over your decision because these colours will inform your cushion selection and will ultimately be the glue that pulls your living room colours together.

Open your laptop and navigate to a colour picker website. Screen grab the colours that best match your palette so you have a reference point when shopping.

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Screen grab the colours that best match your palette so you have a reference point when shopping.

 

2)       Think about the vibe of the room

Is your living room a place for socialising and entertaining? Or is it somewhere you go to chill out and escape the world? Is there a dreamy, ethereal vibe or is it modern and sleek? All these things will determine the print of your cushion.

KCDesign.London cushions all feature a unique print, which captures a moment in time. You’ll easily be able to find ones that fit in with a colour palette and complement each other,  but make sure that the images portrayed in the cushions fit a similar theme. For example, the KC Design.London Cactusphere and the Wild Puffs prints go well together because they both depict nature and the same applies to the cushions that depict marine scenes. If you like to be in a garden and wish you were outside more then choosing cushions that feature prints of nature will give you the feeling of the fresh outdoors. If you’re a sun worshipper then the prints of the sea will transport you to your favourite beach, whatever the weather.

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3)  How big is your sofa?

An odd number of cushions feels more relaxed than an even, symmetrical number. Most sofas look best with 5 cushions – 2 standard rectangular cushions in a shade slightly darker than the colour of your sofa and then 2 or 3 cushions that feature your chosen colour palette.

This video from one of our favourite interior bloggers Sarah Akwisombe describes it well:

4)      Have you got something attention grabbing?

It’s good to have an odd cushion in an arrangement. Something in a different shape (think round or smaller than the rest), or maybe a textured number in faux fur or velvet. The KCDesign.London cushions come in 60x60 and 45x45 and will soon be printed on velvet – helping you to create an attention-grabbing cushion arrangement

 

5)      Layer

There are no hard and fast rules about how to display cushions but they look better when they touch each other. This means you could display them in the corner, covering the entire sofa but leaving room to sit or just a few in the middle. But whatever you decide, remember that arrangement is all about layering. Start with the larger cushions at the back, working to the smaller ones to the front

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We hope this helps! If you feel like we’re missing something, please get in touch on Instagram or Twitter - @KateCledwyn.

Pay close attention to Instagram as we’ll soon be announcing details of an upcoming  flash sale on the 60 x 60 KC Design.London cushions. You’ll need to get in there quickly before they sell out!

Wearable Designs

An exciting collaboration with Silver pink, a luxury women’s clothing brand means you can now wear our designs. Silver Pink is aimed at women who want to live a full life while looking and feeling fantastic and the prints chosen for our clothing collaboration are not only beautiful but meaningful.

 

 Silver Pink Precious Shirt

Silver Pink Precious Shirt

Started by Kate’s childhood friend Sally Jones, Silver Pink quickly became known for its knitwear. The quality of the cashmere is outstanding to touch and to look at and only available in a select number of colours. To enhance the collection, Sally’s designed tops and shirts that complement the knitwear and our collaboration centres around shirts.

One shirt features the Pink Hydragea print that’s a result of manipulation of floral photography. The colour’s bright, uplifting and guaranteed to make others look twice and wonder where its from.

Another shirt uses the Precious print which is a lighter, slightly softer grey and pink colour. This is flattering to most skin tones and enhances summer tans so the wearer can feel effortlessly glamorous.

The material for both is 100% viscose, which is a soft, silk like material that is used for its ability to drape around the body and be super flattering. It has a loose relaxed fit, falling slightly longer at the back, so that it’s easy to wear and suitable for all occasions – shopping trip, weekend away or a lunch with friends.

There’s currently a competition on the Silver Pink website to win one of these exclusive shirts. Simply head over to the website before 31 July and fill in your details to enter.

Silver Pink have a number of events over the summer months to show off the collaboration including the Hampton Court Flower Show from 2 – 8 July (visit the Country Living Pavillion, Stand 880) and the Tatton Flower Show between 18-22 July (stand 743).

You can also buy them online on the Silver Pink website, where you may be tempted to stock up for your Autumn knits. Are you following us on Instagram @katecledwyn.  We’ll announce more details about this collaboration and other collaborations there.

 

Water - The Elixir of Life

Images of water work wonderfully for interiors as they have a horizontal and vertical movement to them, a softness of lines to compliment the straight lines of the walls, ceilings and corners. Water displays multiple, vibrant colours which help to highlight and merge the colour pallet of a room together and bring elements from outside, in.

Water is so versatile and full of life, I love the way the light dances on the surface creating wriggling lines as it moves in time with the breeze leaving dazzling patterns and new colours. Whether you seek a room that is striking or tranquil, this element achieves it.

So what of the effects. This is an element with multiple personalities. powerful, aggressive, strong, rough, wild, dangerous yet also calming, relaxing, welcoming and kind.  My appetite to photograph it on my travels is insatiable.

 Lakes Wallpaper

Lakes Wallpaper

I  have captured it’s calming effects in many of my images with boats floating on it’s surface. Calm and serene as they sit waiting in harbours. Perfect for bathrooms and guest bedrooms. Yet the force awakens at sea. ‘Wave cutteris an image of a boat I was on, cutting through the water.  Colours grew out of the waves and a new energy was created.  An empowering feeling to bring in to the workplace.

With wild and spirited excitement, water reminds us of the perfect combination of beauty and danger. ‘Red Rods consists of a calm, neutral background with flashes of crimson. This photograph was taken in a harbour in Yarmouth at dawn. It is a blend of serenity and danger that will bring a flash of vitality to any room. 

Home to so many amazing living things, water it is the elixir of life. ‘Pond Life’ shows life below water and reflections from above. The water has fascinating depths in more ways that one. You see reflections on its surface, movement in its shape and prism effects through its depths. This photograph was taken in China. The reflections of the leaves and the fish being at different depths gives this multi-layered kaleidoscopic photograph a mystical feel. Look closely for March hares in bow ties! 

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Source: www.kcdesign.london/blog/the-elixir-of-life

Traditional vs modern architecture in London. Where do you stand?

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Silver Shafts

Our Capital’s architecture is quite spectacular. The city is filled with many different architectural styles. London is continually growing and changing, building on its own past. There is an eclectic combination of modern and traditional architecture. Let’s start with the traditional..

From Westminster Abbey to St. Paul’s Cathedral, London has some awe-inspiring structures. Westminster Abbey is a classic example of Gothic architecture. Developments on this structure spanned from as early as the 11th century to 1745, and it’s still not over! The Abbey is due to be given an exterior turret with lift, designed by Ptolemy Dean, and this is expected to be unveiled later this year. St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Baroque style building that was designed by Wren. It was the tallest building in London until 1967. Seeing buildings in London like this is inspiring, they feel nothing short of regal. The elaborate yet bold architecture reminds us of the rich history of the city.

The more modern structures in London are just as impressive. Undoubtedly one of the best examples of London modern architecture is the iconic GLA Southwark (check my Instagram for my interpretation of this) constructed in 2002. It was designed by award-winning architect Norman Foster in a futuristic style. When designing this building, he took inspiration from his involvement in the renovation of the Reichstag in Berlin. It was actually designed to look as if it had been scooped out of “The Scoop” amphitheatre, which sits adjacent. Structures like these are also inspiring, but because they make you look to the future, rather than the past.

You take a look at The Shard and then at Tower Bridge, and they’re polar opposites, but both make a strong impression. Traditional vs modern architecture; where do you stand?

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