Interior

Colour Scheme Guide – Room by Room

Your choice of colours for a room is not just a reflection of your preferred style. Colour grounds the visual identity of a room, enhancing the elements within that space, and affecting the mood of the people that use it.

In this guide, we will help you choose the best colour scheme for every room in your home.

Bathrooms

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Bright whites and cool greys are reliable choices for your bathroom. White has forever been associated with cleanliness, and it is important that a bathroom projects this feeling.

Grey is a neutral colour that can be soothing and sophisticated, particularly when paired with white, making luxurious baths feel even classier and more rejuvenating.

blue bathroom

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Metallic touches and calm colours like blue are fine additions to your bathroom palette. Deeply saturated walls and chrome decorative accents can contrast well with white fixtures like your sink and bathtub. Working with a natural material like tadelakt can create an extremely luxurious and exotic feel to your bathroom and will work with literally any colour palette.

Bedrooms

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Attaining a sense of restfulness in the bedroom can be done with soft off-whites and warm hues. Instead of the severely brilliant whites often found in bathrooms and living rooms, off-whites are easier on the eyes. Light aquatic blues and organic greens produce a serene atmosphere, which is perfect for inducing sleep.

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The bedroom can also be a place of intimacy. Cosy pinks, lilacs, and lavenders create an air of comfort while also adding a hint of romance. Juxtaposed with rich, dark colours, your bedroom can feel an even more intimate place.

Living Rooms

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Living rooms serve the double purposes of hosting high-energy activities and providing a relaxing space for lounging around. Bold colours like red, yellow, and orange make strong impressions and stimulate socialising. Choosing darker shades tend to draw out a dramatic look, especially in the evening light, while brighter tones radiate playfulness.

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For a more laid-back setting to your living room, earthy colours work better. Muted greens and neutrals make it easy for you, your family, and your guests to unwind. Pieces of nature such as plants and flowers add another layer of tranquillity.

Dining Rooms

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Your dining room can be a comfy retreat for you and your loved ones or a lively location for entertaining company. Light, cheery yellows make for a vibrant ambience for conversations over meals. Vivid reds are another great choice for livening up dinner parties with family and friends.

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Wooden furniture and subdued greens give off a rustic vibe, which is perfect if you want a homey feel to your dining room. Dining rooms in open spaces are fashionable but require contrasting either a majority white space with coloured accents or vice versa to tie every element together.

Kitchens

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The kitchen is the busiest place in the typical home. It only makes sense that its colours should match the activity inherent to the space. Yellow is an obvious choice to help sustain the energy a cook needs in the kitchen. If you want to offset the potentially stressful dish preparation process, green is a good alternative.

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Marble countertops and finished wood furniture are popular in kitchens, and their glossy classiness can be complemented with deep, dark hues or light, breezy whites.

Hallways

Hallways are the portals to the various spaces in your home. They are most likely the first impression guests have when they step into your house. Hallways evoke potential.

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Painting the walls of your hallways a fresh white have an expanding effect. Decorating them with artwork vitalises the stark monotony and introduces visitors to your personal style. Yellow can achieve a similar vibe with its welcoming warmth.

dark grey hallway

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You may also choose bold colours in hallways leading to softer and lighter rooms for a striking contrast as people transition from one space to another.

Studies

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Whether it’s for getting important work done or leisurely enjoying a good book, the study is the one place at home where you can concentrate in peaceful solitude. Simple, clean whites, creams or greys accomplish a no-fuss, minimalistic aesthetic to reduce distractions. Furnishing the room with woodwork can also keep it from feeling sterile.

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The opposite direction can be taken by maximising the presence of wood furniture. Adorn the study with shelves lined with books, alongside beautiful cabinetry, to inspire creativity. Such embellishments also go well with deep, rich colours.

Exteriors

The outside of your home deserves as much care and attention in planning its colour scheme. From your front porch to your backyard patio, the hues you choose highlight the strengths of your exterior design.

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Effortless elegance can be executed by taking inspiration from your property’s surroundings. Subdued blues and greys that match the sky maintain their appeal all year round. Soft greens blend well with lush gardens.

Meanwhile, contrast is another path worth pursuing, as brightly coloured furniture pop with personality in natural environments.

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Pastel paints on gates and doorways are inviting sights and makes coming home even more of a welcome delight.

Coordinate Your Home’s Colours

Colour dictates the overall mood of every single part of your house. Consider how you want each room to feel before deciding on a palette. Remember that you are not beholden to strictly follow interior design guidelines, as ultimately, it is up to your tastes and your personality. Feel free to inject your sense of style to make your home express the unique shade of you.

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How Light Affects Colour

Colour responds to light in an assortment of interesting and complex ways. Different light sources can create a plethora of unexpected results on our perception of colour, which can be a source of both wonder and frustration. Choosing colours can be a tricky process and so we have put together this short guide. We hope that it will help you to make the most out of different lighting conditions and teach you a few of our favourite tips and tricks for offsetting light to obtain the precise colour you are looking for.

Colour and Natural Light

Our perception of colour under natural light can be affected by everything from the quality of the light on any given day right through to the time of year. With such wide-reaching influences, pinning down each element that may alter your perception of colour can be difficult. Thankfully, however, overcoming adverse lighting conditions is achievable, provided that you know whether the space you are in faces north, south, east or west.

Colour and Natural Light in North Facing Rooms

Light in north-facing rooms tends to emphasise the cooler tones that exist within a colour. If you want to use lighter hues, avoiding anything with a grey or a green base will help you to prevent a cold, harsh look. If you want to brighten a north-facing space, selecting a colour with a yellow base will bounce light around a room with ease.

Alternatively, rather than attempting to counter the cool light, you can instead choose to embrace it and select a deeper colour to create a cosy ambience that feels welcoming and comfortable. Natural Moroccan tadelakt tones are an ideal choice to obtain this look, with everything from rich caramels to oxblood reds able to introduce a real sense of individuality and drama into a space.

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Colour and Natural Light in South Facing Rooms

On bright days, south-facing rooms are often bathed in warm natural light from dawn right through until dusk. This is partly why selecting colour palettes for south-facing spaces tends to be a relatively simple process.

Colour and Natural Light in South Facing Rooms

On bright days, south-facing rooms are often bathed in warm natural light from dawn right through until dusk. This is partly why selecting colour palettes for south-facing spaces tends to be a relatively simple process.

If maximising the sense of space and light is key, pale hues will do the trick beautifully. A soft blue can help to establish a calming atmosphere, whereas neutral colours with a red base can add an additional sense of warmth and cosiness.

Colour and Natural Light in East and West Facing Rooms

Light in east-facing rooms will be brighter in the morning and cooler in the afternoon, with the opposite being true for west-facing spaces. Selecting a colour palette for these changeable spaces should, therefore, be guided by when and how you want to utilise them.

If you plan to make the most out of a west-facing space in the late afternoon, warm colours will help you to create a comfortable and welcoming ambience that you will want to spend time within. Alternatively, a white shade with a grey undertone will maximise a sense of morning coolness, before then going on to neutralise the warm light of the afternoon. Ideal for spaces that you want to feel calming, introducing some greenery and natural textures will help you to further establish a relaxing atmosphere.

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The cool evening light in east-facing rooms means that pale green and blue tones can introduce a sense of calm serenity without leaving the space feeling too cold. Alternatively, if you are looking for an ideal white shade for an east-facing room, selecting one with a yellow base will maximise warm morning light and tone down the cool light of the late afternoon. This can help you to create a space that feels energised right the way through the day, which can be an ideal aesthetic for rooms that see a lot of use or need to perform a variety of different roles at different times.

Colour and Artificial Light

Incandescent and halogen bulbs radiate a warm yellow light, whereas cool white bulbs emit a blue light. Selecting either of these types of bulb will, therefore, affect your perception of your chosen colour. If this is something you would prefer to avoid, selecting a neutral white bulb to light your space can help you to recreate natural daylight conditions and achieve a true representation of your ideal colour.

Remember, light is not the only thing that will affect your perception of colour. Everything from your chosen accessories to the textures you introduce will influence the overall feel of a colour and help you to further enhance the atmosphere you want to establish.

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Where Can You Use Tadelakt?

Places – Besides Your Bathroom – Where Tadelakt Looks Amazing

Tadelakt isn’t only for bathrooms. It can be used in kitchens, fireplaces, pools, spas, and steam rooms. It can also be used on shelves, ceilings and walls. In this post, we’ll introduce you to a different arena, the places where you can use Tadelakt to give your home an amazing look.

Kitchens

Tadelakt will give your kitchen a modern and prestigious appearance. It’s also unique – you’ll probably be the only person you know with it. On a practical level, Tadelakt is not only water resistant but it can also withstand high temperatures. It’s an ideal covering for kitchen splashbacks and wall areas. The range of colours beautifully complement any setting, in both contemporary and traditional looking kitchens.

The polished finish glimmers and twinkles, its light reflecting properties help to add a feeling of space and light to your kitchen and dining areas. Tadelakt is a stunning alternative to traditional tiles. There’s no need for grouting so the overall look created is seamless. It’s also incredibly easy to clean, a quick wipe with a sponge is all it needs, eliminating the need to use harsh chemical-based detergents. So it’s better for your health and better for the environment.

Fireplaces

This versatile plaster can be applied to any shapes and corners. It can also be used to create a stunning fireplace surround that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the room, adding a rustic, natural-looking yet contemporary feel to living areas.

Pools

A Tadelakt pool room is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Its waterproof qualities are ideal for creating a stunning and elegant infinity style swimming pool. The sleek look it provides screams luxury.

Spas

Stepping into a Tadelakt spa is like taking a step back in time. The experience is amazing and affords the opportunity to completely relax.

Steam Rooms

Tadelakt has the same effect in steam rooms as in does it spas. An amazing look is achieved and relaxation becomes easy.

Shelves and Counter Tops

In addition to providing the classical look, your shelves and countertops can be made using Tadelakt. It’s a great added benefit.Tadelakt shelves in kitchen

Floors

Believe it or not, Tadelakt can be used to give floors a really cool look. The most important precaution you need to take is not using Tadelakt in an area where you will be walking with hard sole shoes, as it can ruin the finish.

Walls

Walls can appear sleek, unique, and even mysterious when they’re made out of Tadelakt. They also are more durable, which leads to less unnecessary repairs.

BBQ areas

Tadelakt can also be used in the outdoors to create a beautiful and unique BBQ area.

5 Reasons To Use Tadelakt In Your Kitchen

Moroccan style kitchens are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and the latest trend in Moroccan inspired design is Tadelakt.

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The Benefits Of Using Tadelakt

The great thing about tadelakt is that it can be used on just about any surface inside or out, wet or dry, hot or cold. If you are thinking about tadelakt for your kitchen you’ve made an excellent choice, you won’t be disappointed. If you still need convincing, consider these benefits.

It’s incredibly hard wearing

If you choose to invest in Tadelakt we will give you the best advice possible when it comes to looking after your Tadelakt walls. Tadelakt is water resistant and will not take anything more than a gentle clean to keep it looking in top condition. With the proper care taken, Tadelakt will actually get stronger over time due to the presence of limestone and marble components.

You’ll be surprised at the price

On the surface, it may seem that Tadelakt is not in line with your budget for your new kitchen, but you will be surprised by the value for money that it offers. When tiling you will need to keep in mind the price of tiles, the installation, upkeep and cleaning, in comparison to a one-off fee of using Tadelakt.

Tadelakt is a deluxe product

Just take a look at pictures of Tadelakt online and you will be wooed by just how beautiful it looks. Many high-claw hotels, restaurants, and businesses use Tadelakt due to its luxurious effect and you can certainly see why.

Your friends will be jealous!

We love to shout about this incredible product but tadelakt is still relatively unknown, so if you do decide that tadelakt is right for you then you’ll be in a select group. We guarantee that you won’t want to keep quiet about it.

Name a colour

Our bespoke colour matching service means that you can show us a colour and we’ll match it. We’ve worked with tadelakt since 2003 so we’ve got tons of knowledge about colour and design. So ask us what we think we’ll be really happy to advise you. Ultimately we want you to put your individual stamp on your kitchen design so that it feels special every time you go in it.

The Rising Popularity Of The Traditional Moroccan Hammam

Long considered a must-do experience when visiting Marrakech, the age-old bathing ritual known as Hammam is fast becoming one of the most popular and beneficial spa treatments across the globe.

A traditional Moroccan hammam consists of a bathing house divided into multiple rooms where visitors undergo a number of rituals: cleansing, steaming, bathing and resting to cleanse, purify and rejuvenate the body and mind.

No wonder then that this ancient spa treatment is an increasingly popular way of relieving the stresses of a fast-paced modern life.

Here’s a look at the past and present tradition of Moroccan hammams.

History of Hammams

Hammam, an Arabic word meaning ‘heat’ or more literally ‘spreader of warmth’ originates from the hot baths of the ancient Romans who had their own bathing traditions. The Romans believed in a central ‘community’ bath where citizens could come together to cleanse while exchanging the local news and gossip in a communal area. Taking inspiration from the Romans, the Moroccans introduced communal bathing areas, used as part of a cleansing ritual before prayer. This is why many Moroccan bathhouses are found next to mosques.

Initially, only men were permitted to use Hammams. Eventually, women were allowed to partake in the cleansing ritual, but the bathhouses were rigorously separated according to gender. It soon became a refuge for women, enabling them to escape the strict rules of everyday life and be themselves.

Benefits

A Hammam spa experience offers the following benefits:

  • Detox, ridding the body and mind of excess toxins
  • Exfoliation unclogs the pores and removes dead skin
  • Provides essential vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin
  • Soothes muscle aches and pains and relieves tension in joints and muscles
  • Activates blood circulation to boost the immune system
  • Produces serotonin, the mood enhancing, feel-good hormone
  • Rejuvenates the body and helps you sleep better

Traditional Hammam Layout

A traditional hammam has 3 interconnecting rooms: a camekan for undressing, a hararet hot room to sweat out toxins which will be vigorously scrubbed away with a traditional olive soap, and finally, a sogukluk, a cool room where you can relax and rehydrate with a cup of sweet mint tea.

Tadelakt Traditional Moroccan Plaster

Traditional Moroccan Hammams coat the walls of the rooms in Tadelakt plaster.

For more information and advice on where to use Tadelakt plaster for commercial and domestic use, contact us today.