Catching the eye: Hubert Zandberg on colour and patterns

Colour pairings in the home are instinctive – we all have an eye for what works and what doesn’t. Still, picking the right scheme gets easier with practice, so we asked our designer-at-large Hubert Zandberg to share his expertise on how to use colour to create a space you love.

Dress to impress
We put colours together all the time, it’s something you do every day when you dress yourself. Don’t drive yourself mad trying to decide if a colour works – try walking away and looking again in a few hours – it’s that first reaction that tells you if it works or doesn’t work. Look at your home as if it’s your outfit. Is your colour scheme the outfit that you want to wear every day?

Set the mood
Think about your room’s function and purpose, and consider the mood you want to create. Do you want a space that’s calm? Or flamboyant? Or warm? A monochromatic colour scheme will allow you to be really creative with patterns, giving space for the patterns to create the mood.

Add a sparkle
Remember to bring the metallics in – copper is very now at the moment – to give it a little ‘ping’. Metallics are the room’s jewellery. It’s all to do with the glint in the eye, like a candle flickering or a mirror reflecting. You’ll get that with your metal objects, just enough ‘ping’ to bring a room to life.

Bring in the bloom
Flowers are not only beautiful – they’re an excellent way of experimenting with colour in a room. Even if you’re not particularly green-fingered, you can bring in some low-maintenance succulents or cacti as a floral flourish.

Inspired? Find more tips from Hubert Zandberg on sprucing up your shelves and displaying art at home .

All photos courtesy of Hubert Zandberg Interiors.