Cool Palettes for warm areas

August 13, 2015

It is always advisable to use cool palettes for warm areas in the home. These colour schemes were inspired by the ocean and have helped me to create some of the most relaxing concepts of my career.

I collected this glass off a beach in Durban North.


Calming stone, off white, torquoise and aqua stimulate serene and gentle moods and are perfect for warm rooms which need cooling down, or people creating a sanctuary in their homes. This is one of my favourite colour schemes inspired by nature. Look at this scene from Hout Bay for the blend of brown and torquoise.

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Just one, exceptional shell can embody an entire sea scape…. The richer colours are reminiscent of peacock feathers and the intelligent use of this colour combination in an interior space translates into a concept that is both regal and elegant – far from the casual beach themes of many coastal holiday homes.


The beach has a way of taking us “Home” regardless of age, personality and tastes. This poem encapsulates what I feel  the sea is able to evoke in the spirit and how by borrowing it’s elements, a room can inspire the same.

maggie and milly and molly and may
E. E. Cummings, 1894 – 1962

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea


I used the colour palette in different ways:

A lounge:

chetty29[1]Soft complimentary colour scheme.

Main Bedroom:

admin-ajaxThe Main Bedroom Made up.


Guest Room:
cushionsRestyled cushions and Lamp Shade

And numerous other lounges, bedrooms and kitchens.