Choosing Bold Colour 
in Interior Design

Choosing Bold Colour in Interior Design


Colour can define a space: playful, confident, sophisticated, subtle. However, colour can also overwhelm a space if it is not selected wisely. At Watts 1874, we have a long and illustrative history of pursuing colour choices outside the standard confinement of traditional interior design, whilst still remaining true to our historical design roots. For those seeking to breathe new light into their interior design, the right colour selections and pairings can make all the difference.

How to Pair Different Colours in Your Interior

Surely, you have seen the "laws" of colour on a colour wheel, and you are aware that certain primary and secondary colours match well with others. However, if these were the only pairing options available in interior design, then all interiors would begin to look far too similar and stale. In order to incorporate exciting colour selections beyond the standard laws of the colour wheel, one must look beyond colour as a sole entitiy. Colour can be enhanced, transformed, and made far more thought provoking through the incorporation of pattern and texture as well. 

Colour and Pattern in Interior Design

Pattern can be added to wallpapers, textiles, historical tapestries, and passementerie to draw the eye to the piece. It can also help tie pieces together that would otherwise not pair well in a room. For exampple, two condradicting colours can be pulled together through a shared pattern. The Watts design archive is rich with both historic and freshly inspired patterns, including botanical, flamestich, stripe, geometric, Gothic, Edwardian, abstract, and more. Patterns can also be small-scale or large-scale designs, which can either draw the eye inwards or impress through their shere enormity and tenancity.

The Importance of Texture in Interior Design

Different substrates provide different experiences within the interior. For example, a grasscloth wallcovering will provide a coarser feeling and more organic look than a traditional wallcovering on nowoven paper. Colours will present differently on these textured substrates as well, with deeper colours exuding through the different layers of material. A deeply textured piece will add drama and intrigue beyond the colour choice.

Remember the Details

Interior design is a complex process, and experts in the industry must have an eye for the details and for the big picture. When thinking about the bold and explorative use of colour for your home renovation, trade or hospitality design, film or television set design, elegant estate à la House & Garden, or whichever interior design project you are working on next, perhaps consider looking beyond the most obvious elements of the piece. Instead, consider the colour selection of the more intimate details. Even if the foreground of a pattern does not lend itself to a risk-taking colour selection, there may be opportunity to add pops of colour through the motifs tucked away in the background. Conversely, if you decide to pursue striking colour in the foreground of a pattern, a well-balanced background could help even out the flow of the room. 

Mastering Colour in Interiors Since 1874

A walk into the Watts 1874 showroom at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour in London reveals an archive of Textiles, Wallcoverings, Passementerie, and Tableaux Sceniques spanning back through the centuries. However, we believe passionately that history does not have to remain static. Since the firm's founding in 1874, Watts has been a leader in the bold and creative usage of colour, pattern, and texture. Our team of design experts can help individual homeowners or industry professionsls find the perfect colour selections for all types of interior design projects. However, when coming to Watts, one must be open to the possibility that the "perfect" colour choice is sometimes the choice that is the least expected! 

Watts has been a leading editor in the world of interior design for over a century. Our team works with esteemed interior designers, the hospitality industry, historical preservationists, film set decorators, the fashion industry, and individual property owners to bring interiors to life. With intricate collections of Textiles, Wallpapers, Tableaux Sceniques, and Passementerie that span 400 years, Watts allows for the perfect combination of "contemporary history."