Over the past few years I’ve often asked myself why clients would need me as a “colour” advisor as they frequently opted for black-white interiors. I agree colour advisors are essential in these situations as well as we have to combine the right black and white tones, but I wasn’t “advising” on colours anymore! Accessories that could contribute towards a cosy interior or add some colours were seen as “not done” in modern interiors.
Fortunately, times are changing and there’s some space for colours again in modern spaces. Colours can be found in accents, accessories and luckily on the walls as well. Although it can be challenging to convince clients of using back some “colours” on their walls.
The abstract white-black interior makes space for Scandinavian and industrial interiors. Wood, metal, concrete, ... everything can be decorated in a bullish and lively way. Subtle pastel colours and shades of grey are present, and the use of bright vivid colours is still limited. There’s an increasing demand for “coloured” materials, including copper lampshades, leather sofas/chairs, black/grey metal, wooden floors or furniture, green plants, coloured flowers, etc...
To efficiently advise the client I use mood boards, often through Pinterest. It’s always nice to share this with the client. They’re also able to add pins so that it becomes easier to have a beautiful end result, because be honest: “One picture says more than a thousand words”.