Design | Colour Palettes

Whether it’s the sunny yellow of a warm Summer’s day, or the verdant green of rolling hills, colour has the ability to communicate a feeling and enhance our mood. At Sims Hilditch, we understand the transformative power of a colour scheme. In many ways, our approach to a colour palette is much like an artist, mixing colours on a palette. We draw our inspiration from the world around us, discovering hues in art and nature and translating them into a colour scheme that fits seamlessly into a home. 

Be led by the history of your home.

The Sims Hilditch ethos is simple; we embrace timeless, enduring styles that aren’t trend led and thus, wont date. The same can be said for our approach to colour schemes, and our starting point is often the story of the home we are working on. We are currently working on a historic house in the heart of Lancashire, a home that has been in the same family for 500 years. The house itself has evolved with a mixture of Georgian, Regency and Victorian rooms and we are working with Farrow and Ball paints, whose colours have been inspired by historic houses. Little Greene also make light work of colour choices, as each paint is categorised historically by the colours according to the ‘fashions’ of the day, from the Georgian era right through to the 1970s. 

Embrace multi-tonal schemes.

When it comes to colour combinations and palettes, our founder Emma instinctively reaches for analogous colours that work in harmony with each other; think Cerulaen Blue and Magenta alongside Ultramarine. As they sit next to each other in the colour wheel, the combination builds intensity whilst maintaining a natural flow of colour from room to room. Lighting also plays a key part in our palette choices, for example, a particularly bold colour scheme lends itself to softer, mood lighting that highlights key features in the room. 

Echo your surroundings.

The Sims Hilditch aesthetic is innately calm, understated and tonal and we will always be inspired by the landscape that surrounds a home. For example, a coastal property will likely suit clean, primary colours whilst a Cotswold country home lends itself to secondary, tertiary colours that create a more tonal effect. We have recently taken on a number of urban projects and apartments which require a different approach. City homes often work well with cool whites, such as Farrow and Ball’s School House white for walls and an All White for woodwork. 

So whether it’s colour, lighting or furnishings, our ultimate aim is to create a space that feels like home from the very first moment you step through the door. 

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