Interiors stylist and set designer Emma Kay talks us through her insider guide to using colour and pattern in your home.

When 19th-century painter Édouard Manet said, ‘There are no lines in nature only areas of colour, one against the other,’ it was a call to arms to not fear the bold and the bright but to embrace them. To mix colour in a way that reflects Mother Nature’s own gay abandon for a rich riot of tones and textures.

So when planning Joules’ mood boards for their colourful Autumn and Winter 2015 homes campaign, we opted for Farrow & Ball’s estate emulsion in deep grey ‘Down Pipe’ and warm ‘Wimborne White’ as a muted and contemporary foil for bright hues and fun patterns.


The key to mastering colour and pattern is to first lay a foundation to create contrast. Painting your walls in glacial white, cool contemporary grey or the much feted ‘greige’ is a fail-safe solution when you are combining a number of vibrant prints and tones.


Adding colourful blankets and throws to a dark sofa is a fast and affordable way to update your lounge’s tonal palette. These blurry indigo floral, fluoro-trimmed cushions sport a reversible Ikat spot design and will brighten your living room instantly.

Pattern Clash

Take your cue from the catwalks’ current vogue for clashing unusual colours and patterns. Gone are the days of matching cushions to curtains – opt for an eclectic mix over coordination to create an individual look for your home. Jolly mismatched kitchen linens are a great way to experiment with this flourishing trend, this graphic turquoise chevron my hot pick from the collection.


Giving your bathroom a luxury edge is quick and easy. Keep accessories in a strict palette of mixed materials, layering up stone and wood, before offsetting them with these gorgeous jewel-toned and sculptural bottles of lotions and potions.

Top Table

Your dining table is a great place for working exciting new colour schemes. Laying a simple pale-grey washed linen tablecloth acts as the perfect backdrop for mix-and-match patterns, which you should splice with plain block colour designs to keep this look feeling contemporary and stylish.


  • Helen Phillips

    23.08.2015 at 16:30 Reply

    Please do not stop stocking the lovely china which has the animals, stripes and flowers. I want to keep collecting it and replace a few broken pieces. All my friends love it and it is so much nicer than your more recent coastal designs!!

  • Annie brown

    24.08.2015 at 00:27 Reply

    Love !

  • Andrea

    31.08.2015 at 20:29 Reply

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