++ Guest Blog from Ruth Penman, Cobalt Colour Consultancy ++
Nordic Edit’s monthly Fika is a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning! Coffee,cake, great company, so needless to say I was delighted to be invited along this Autumn to run a special colour masterclass. The class, Naturally Nordic: Colour Inspiration From Nature, along with the workbook to take away, was something I was really excited about putting together exclusively for Nordic Edit.
Let me introduce myself – I’m Ruth and I set up Cobalt, my colour consultancy business, because I believe that colour can bring your home to life and transform the space you live in. Whatever your style or budget my in-home colour consultancy services provide clients with the expert and independent advice they need to achieve this. I love working with people to find the ideal colour solutions for their space, helping them with choices and inspiration – whether they’re struggling to select shades, having concerns about colour combinations or needing the confidence to bring their ideas to life.
At this masterclass, we explored some of the various ways in which nature has influenced how colour is used in the home to create that distinctive and much loved Scandi style. Nordic interiors might be known for their perfectly whitewashed looks, but one of the reason their interiors are so stunning isn’t the lack of colour – it’s the often beautifully pared back, sparing use of it.
They tend to look to nature to inspire their choice and use of colours – from subtle shades that don’t look forced, richer and comforting hues, through to bright pops of sunshine-filled colour and contrast.
With long dark winters and more time spent in the indoors, Nordic design is both functional whilst also sympathetically bringing nature into the home. With inspiration taken from their environment, the use of natural colours and materials is important to not just the look, but also the feel of Scandinavian design.
“Using natural materials and colours makes Nordic people more hygge. Hygge is an important secret ingredient for a pleasant Scandinavian lifestyle. Hygge itself means feeling comfortable and contented by enjoying the simple things in life.” Binus Design
With this is mind we looked at how to create a Scandi inspired colour scheme. And we covered a lot, from the basic building blocks of putting together a great colour scheme, exploring the light in a space and how that affects your colour choices, to top tips on how to make ceilings appear higher, how to consider colour for smaller spaces and much more.
Having had so much great feedback from our tester session, we’re really keen to run some additional workshops in the New Year focused around colour to helping you bring your Scandi style ideas to life!
One which I think you’ll be excited about is moodboard workshop, which will help you bring your ideas together to create your own brilliant colour scheme. It’ll be a great chance for you to work through this fun process. You’ll be able to share your ideas, get input and help from myself, Karin and Kate.
So if you love soaking up ideas about interiors, design, colour and all things Scandi whilst getting creative (and most definitely drinking coffee and eating homemade cake) then these workshops are just the thing for you!
Don't wait to battle it out when the dates go live though, contact us now and we can set up a bespoke class exclusively for you and your friends. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org today or message on Facebook or Instagram to find out more.
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