Ochre and Plaster

Thursday, 2 January 2020

An easy route to a calm living space is to surround ourselves with neutral tones, a mixture of greys and whites filled with texture and a pop of green in the form of a plant or two. But a fresh year can call for a fresh look, and a simple way to build on an existing neutral palette is to add warm pastels like Ochre and Plaster.

Ochre instantly evokes a cosy and intimate feel, making it a perfect choice for any space where you want to make guests feel at home. Not by any means a new colour, this most ancient of organic pigments was used widely in prehistoric art, notably in Palaeolithic murals found in the painted caves of France’s Vézère Valley.  

Decorated Caves of the Vezere Valley - Image copyright Unesco - CC Attribution 3   Calligaris Vela Chair, Hole Rug and Balance Table

Pictured above: Paleolithic paintings, Vézère Valley, France and Vela Chair by Calligaris

Combine this cosy, earthy tone with neutrals to create that so-wished-for serene space. Add the yellow-pink hues of plaster, and the two complement each other perfectly. Mix with darker greys to add depth or white to add light into your space.

An example of the latter is the colour scheme featured in the Calligaris Vela Chair room setting. Featuring the Vela in Matt pale pink, the Hole Rug and an optic white Balance Table. The subtle zesty highlights of ochre on the rug, combined with the vases and artwork, add a refreshing tone to the space. This compliments the pink chairs perfectly and the white table adds light to the room, keeping it welcoming.

For a more bold option perhaps add the Sits Karin Sofa in Mustard Bellis with the Calligaris Flag Throw as an accent.

As we move on from Christmas, a time filled with bright reds, greens and golds, it’s nice to create a warm yet tranquil space to come home to.


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