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With a new line of paints, Paint by Conran, it seems only fitting that the design legend Terence Conran write a book about the art of using colours in an interior. This beautifully illustrated book is a masterclass in how to conquer colour in any shape or form, big or small.

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As Terence Conran says, “there’s nothing like colour to add spice to life and soul to your surroundings”, and this book is an open invitation to become inspired by colour and fear it no more. Conran treats colour like a science with rules and philosophies he has honed throughout his career, sharing his wisdom with the reader by way of examples and advice.

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The book takes you on a guide with colour by colour steps and shows you how to perfect your home’s colour palette. With hundreds of beautiful photographs to admire you won’t be short of inspiration.

Terrence Conran shows the reader how to use colour in a sophisticated and stylish manner. When it comes to colour, many people are met with the certain hesitation that too much colour, especially in interiors, can become garish and overwhelming, but whether you want to add bold colours inch by inch, or go the whole nine yards and shower your home in colour, Conran on Colour is the perfect guide on how to do colour in the home correctly.

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This beautiful bathroom is the perfect example of how to play around with colour and how to have fun with it. From the hot pink bath tub, to the contemporary stained glass panelling nothing about this bathroom is ordinary. In fact, it’s the kind of design that would look all wrong on paper, but in reality and with Conran’s Midas touch everything seems to fall effortlessly into place.

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If bold splashes of colour in an interior isn’t your thing, the book also shows you how to use colour in a subtle way that will complement your interior. For example the photograph above shows how to make colour the focal point whilst still maintaining a neutral setting. The contrast between the bright flowers and vases and the soothingly calm grey hues of the interior is a display of how minimalism and colour can work in sync.

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An amazing photograph from the book advertising one of the most popular colours from the Paint by Conran collection, Cornflower Blue. The all blue mirage is simple and effective and the hint of retro glamour is the only addition needed to accompany the stylish colour.

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Image from Conran on Colour

Whether you’re thinking of re-decorating your home, or are simple looking for inspiration then purchasing a copy of Conran on Colour is the best decision you can make as it truly is the bible of interior colour.

Buy Conran on Colour from Conran Octopus Publications.

Paint by Conran available from The Conran Shop.

 

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I have to admit that until recently I had a rather narrow minded view of decoupage and collage, putting it down as a bit unsophisticated. However, the recent work of a variety of artists has definitely proved me wrong about this, and exemplified how collage is a technique that can produce very beautiful design. I have brought together some examples of the work that have given me this renewed high regard for collage, a craft that Matisse once so elegantly called ‘Painting with Scissors’.

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Much of Petra Borner’s work is originally made by cutting and layering paper. Her versatile technique allows her to create beautiful and bold compositions. Her designs are then used for prints, fabrics and book illustrations. She has many examples of these cut out paper designs online, some of which are available to purchase.

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Borner designed the cover for Jayne Austin’s Emma, published by Bonnier.

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Petra Borner, Autumn Red Print. £225.00.

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Petra Borner, Play 1 Print. £120.00.

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Petra Borner, Winter Green Print. £225.00.

John Derian

John Derian has a charming collection of decoupage work. For his designs, Derian takes from his own vast collection of antique and vintage prints, and artisans then cut and collage onto hand blown glass using these designs. As a result many of the items have a wonderfully historic and bespoke feel.

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John Derian, Ladyhill Round Plate, Special Edition at the Conran shop. £45.

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John Derian, Green Apple Glass Dome Paperweight at Liberty. £59.95.

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John Derian, British Seaweeds Red at Pentreath & Hall. £45.

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John Derian, Elephant Tiny Glass Tray at Liberty. £45.00.

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John Derian, Butterflies Rectangular Glass Tray at Liberty. £79.95.

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John Derian, Baines Florist Mini Tray – Special Edition at the Conran Shop. £55.

Let’s hope that artists keep painting with scissors!

This blog first appeared in the Cambridge Evening News website.

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