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Cohesively colourful: how to incorporate colour into contemporary & minimalist homes

Cohesively colourful: how to incorporate colour into contemporary & minimalist homes

Minimalist doesn't have to mean monochrome. Furniture designer Anne-Claire of Anaca Studio shows us how to incorporate colour into minimalist and contemporary homes

Words by Tanisha Angel

For many homeowners, decorating with colours can seem daunting. After all, neutral hues are inherently elegant and timeless, and easier to mix and match than their colourful counterparts. However, it can be fun to stray away from the tried-and-tested beiges, greys, whites, and creams, and delve into the world of colour. While contemporary and minimalist design styles have become synonymous with neutral, barren spaces of late, your home doesn’t have to look sterile or monasterial to embody the qualities of minimalism.

To help inject some much-needed colour into your home, we turned to Anne-Claire Petre, founder and principal designer at Anaca Studio, for her advice.

Camille sofa by Anaca Studio. Photography by Martina Gemmola

Colourful and contemporary

Utilising clean lines and a streamlined aesthetic, Anaca Studio’s furniture is a testament to the notion that colour and contemporary design can coexist in harmony. “I find that a coloured sofa changes the entire mood of a room,” Anne-Claire tells ArchiPro. “Especially if you are wanting to brighten up a room without going into painting all the walls.” Drawing from Scandinavian style and contemporary aesthetics, the Camille sofa is equal parts comfortable and beautiful. Available in a wide array of finishes, the understated elegance of its silhouette allows it to seamlessly imbue an otherwise neutral room with colour.

Finger Wharf Apartment by Studio Prineas. Photography by Chris Warnes & Katherine Lu

“Of course, the architecture of [a home] has a big part to play, however, it is also about the style of furniture, art and objects that will also give the contemporary vibe,” Anne-Claire notes. “If you want a colourful sofa, get something more modern that will be your big bold statement, then mix other contemporary items with it that are more neutral or add drama using black for a strong contrast. If you are unsure how far you want to go with colour, start with a couple of items and build up from there.”

Toulouse sofa by Anaca Studio. Photography by Martina Gemmola

Consider the heart of the home

“Contemporary homes don’t have to be all greys and neutrals,” says Anne-Claire. “We are seeing more and more colourful kitchens. I have recently noticed some in stunning emerald green, minty green or peach.” Indeed, the kitchen can be the ideal room to begin your foray into a more colourful home. Painting your cabinetry olive or forest green, pale blue, and even millennial pink can be a fun way to add colour to your space while playing well with neutral surrounds.

AGA Cooker by AGA Australia

If you’re confident about adding colour to your kitchen, take a page out of the Europeans’ design book and invest in a colourful appliance. A teal or bright orange enamel oven is a bold style statement, while matching pastel appliances like kettles, toasters, and fridges are a fun approach.

Toulouse sofa and Zola ottomans by Anaca Studio. Photography by Martina Gemmola

Select a focal point

When choosing the right colours to incorporate, it can be best to select a key element in your home and work your way out. “Rather than going crazy with colours, start with your main coloured element and build upon that,” says Anne-Claire. A colourful sofa, ottoman, or artwork can serve as a reference point to guide other interior decisions in your space. For example, furniture in pale green can be complemented by baby pink curtains and throw pillows, while a focal colour from an artwork can be introduced into accessories like rugs, throw pillows, and curtains. “You can tone it down with neutrals or muted tones or spice it up with brighter colours that either contrast or are in the same family,” adds Anne-Claire. “If you don’t feel confident mixing colours, play with similar colour tones and add a variety of textures or even patterns to create interest.” This will add a sense of unity and cohesion to your space.

Camille sofa by Anaca Studio. Photography by Martina Gemmola

Tonal considerations

As for the colours themselves, Anne-Claire advises thinking about your own favourite colours. “I am usually drawn to mixing muted, earthy colours and soft tones but it depends on the situation,” she says. “I never considered myself to be a pink fan, but I have found that the softer ‘millennial’ pink works beautifully as an accent when mixed with blues or greens.” Otherwise, deep colours like navy, forest green, and eggplant are simultaneously moody and luxurious.

Camille sofa and Zola ottomans by Anaca Studio. Photography by Martina Gemmola

To learn more about Anne-Claire and explore the Anaca Studio range, visit her ArchiPro profile here.

Words by Tanisha Angel

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