Winter Design and Living August 21 2012

Spud the Kelpie and I set off across the paddocks this morning for a brisk walk among the occasional snow flurries. The fog had lifted off Lake Jindabyne and the mountains looked splendid shrouded in snow. Oh ! what a view from a starting elevation of 1200mm on Varney’s Range. It made me think yet again how fortunate we are to live in this lucky country in this spectacular region.

This month I wish to continue to make the creation of your colour schemes even easier. In past Designers Note book issues I have the mentioned the examples nature has created which can be easily re-created in our own homes, lodges and apartments, be they interior or exterior.

When you next go for a walk, look up at the trees and the distant view of the mountains.  Look at the middle view of paddocks, fallen timber and rusty wire fences. And always look down at the  of the emerald green of the soft mountain grasses with a gentle flower poking it’s white or yellow head up as if to ask - is it safe to emerge yet ?

Spud and I made our way down to Iron Pot Creek where I collected colourful small stones of basalt, a white quartz and shale recently revealed by a fallen tree. What I find endearing are the colours of the stones and the contrast the lichens and the surrounding vegetation create.

Heading to my home studio, I colour matched those natural pieces to standard paint colours, creating simple to achieve colour schemes.

A piece of lichen covered Basalt inspired this scheme suitable for interior and exterior – paint the main body wall colour into a warm neutral such as Dulux A213 Handmade Linen quarter strength. The feature wall, panel, kitchen cupboards and or upholstery can be the colour of the basalt which has thrown a brown purple hue - Dulux Designer Brief Interlude or Wattyl Ranch Mink.

Lichen being very textural and constantly developing, reveals many colours which can be used in paint form, upholstery, accent cushions and complimentary accessories. These colours include Pale Vellum and Grey Green by Dulux. Or Wattyl Pepper tree, Bronze Sheen and Barberry.

These colours now need a contrasting lift similar the orangey fungus found on this basalt stone.

Try hints of Wattyl Bali Bliss and Vanilla Persimon.

The third scheme for your interior jumped out at me as the white quartz with a touch of the grey/green lichen set off the limey greens and cherry reds of native Sorrel and low growing Grevillea.

Paint the main body wall colour Wattyl: D14w Ice Float. Warmify with feature wall panels, cushions and accessories in Wattyl C71w: Heart+, B25w Russet Pear+ and Dulux A202 Congo Brown.


Touches of aqua and turquoise would bring this colour scheme into the realm of trendy today, as it is  based on some of the new ranges of fabrics released at Design and Decoration we viewed last week in Melbourne.

The photos of the natural materials teamed with the paint colours will be available on our Trading in Design face book page this week.

Yours in design,

Gaye Kable