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Cover Feature


Colourful Character


After years of neutral colour schemes in residential interiors, bold, brave and bright seem to have exploded fervently back into the lexicon of interior design. German designer Lars Contzen explains to Stacey Sheppard how his latest collection will help even the most colour cautious capture the essence of this trend correctly


AS


is often the case, the trends that first grace the fashion world tend


to walk straight off the catwalks of London, Milan, New York and Paris and right into our homes. It takes no time at all for these trends to be picked up, adapted, mutated and transformed into new looks that work equally well in our homes as they do in our wardrobes.


As far as 2011 is concerned, this year


is the year of colour with eye-catching combinations making eyes pop on the front rows of many Spring/Summer catwalk shows. Colour blocking has made a comeback in a big way and has been incorporated into the collections of various design houses. It


has been spotted in the catwalk shows of Christopher Kane, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton and Prada to name but a few. The popped-out colour palette features


clashing primary colours and acid brights used together for a dynamic, confident look. Cobalt blue, hot pink, jungle green, lemon yellow and tangerine are used in striking contrast. However, putting together an outfit using colour blocking is far simpler than incorporating this look into your home.


STRIKING A BALANCE Renowned for his eccentric, large-scale, graphic décor, German designer Lars Contzen


is no stranger to making a statement and pushing boundaries with bold vibrant colours. But he knows all too well how important it is to use colour wisely in interiors. “If you decide to use striking colours for an interior design project, it is very important to do it in the right way,” he explains. “The result has an immediate effect on the well-being of the people who will use this space. The colours are responsible for the predominant mood and atmosphere in a room, so you bear a lot of responsibility in this decision process,” says Contzen. Knowing the difficulty faced by many in choosing bold, bright colours that are daring yet which complement one another


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