Here at Wattyl, we live and dream colour. The most emotional of the design elements, colour has the power to lift our moods and express our personalities. It can fill us with energy or bring tranquillity. Colour has so many possibilities but to most it seems like a complete mystery, and well frankly, we feel that’s a missed opportunity.
We want everyone to dream in colour so we thought we’d ask some industry experts to provide insights and expertise and share their colour dreams.
Woods & Warner was established in 2007 and since then the directors, Jacinta Woods & Sonia Warner, have worked on a suite of amazing projects that have enabled them to stretch style parameters and create adventurous masterpieces for both residential and commercial properties. The practice is known for its fearless attitude towards colour whilst ensuring client, space & designer work cohesively to achieve a successful and flawless outcome.
Do you have a go to colour palette?
We don’t, our practice at Woods & Warner is to treat each project with fresh eyes & ensure the client’s brief is met rather than a particular colour palette that we push on them.
Do you follow trends?
We certainly keep abreast with styles & trends.. it’s hard not to when there are so many exciting new collections that come out regularly from our various furniture, lighting & fabric suppliers. As our projects are varied in style we can only apply certain trends to certain projects. For instance, if we are working on a more traditional home we explore all colour palettes & look for period design rather than what’s the latest and greatest.
What is your favourite colour and why?
This is a difficult question for me to answer….my home features 10 different paint colours so you can see how I embrace colour largely & am not afraid of it! However, I would have to say I like to head more into minty greens to darker teals – that’s for the moment anyway! I find mint & teal extremely calming & relaxing but strangely can have the reverse effect of re-energising!
What is your most unusual/interesting experience that provided you with colour inspiration
Colour surrounds us constantly….particularly trips overseas or in our own country. You can be in the desert of Palm Springs and explore options of vibrant colours contrasting against fresh white walls of the architecture…or you can be in the Blue Mountains exploring nature and pull a very earthy & subtle palette together.
Are you brave with colour?
Yes – client empowers a space for me. From a very young age, I would paint my room various colours based on my style….such an easy/affordable option to change the mood or feeling of a space
How do you ‘sell’ colour to your clients?
Our portfolio over the years has developed and whilst each home is unique & features largely a different style there is always a link to braveness with colour. Often clients will seek our assistance as they can see we will push them to embrace colour. Often I take a gamble with clients….I say trust me on the particular item – whether it’s painting a whole room…I tell them if they absolutely cannot stand it I will paint over at no charge…We have never had to paint over a room…clients just need the confidence in your judgement and execution.
Which is your favourite project (that includes colour) and why?
Our Cammeray Residence guest bedroom really inspires me & our use of colour. The room was a little compromised in size & naturally was a darker space. The clients brief was to explore an NYC loft / English Style Hotel. The use of a Wine Burgundy colour on all walls and trims layered with patterned cushions with striking hits of citrus yellow was an unusual combination however completely met the brief! Dark colours certainly enclose a space… however, there is a comfortability that we all need sometimes… spaces to curl up & nestle in their beauty.
Image Jacinta Woods (credit Simon Whitbread)