We talk to Colour consultant and Interior Designer Fiona Parry Jones from Von Haus Interior Design, and turn the table on her regular blog post “Converstations in Colour” to find out what makes her colour world revolve.
Which five words best describe you? Optimistic, loyal, fun, sensitive, determined
What colours are making you happy right now and why? Orange Orange and more Orange, with yellow and aqua blues too… OBSESSED I also love black accents although technically it’s not a colour.
What past experience have you had with colour that has influenced who you are today?
My fine art degree in Leeds UK really influenced my colour theory, knowledge and connection to the subject. I did a 2 year study on how colour can be communicated through art to help people in a physical and metaphysical way. (it was pretty deep) but after spending that time experimenting with colour and creating installations for people to interact with, I gained so much insight into how people behave around colour and the healing it can create when people connect with it.
Now when I design a home I use this knowledge to help people enjoy colour in their own spaces and help them live better.
What is your view on how colour impacts your health, mood and wellbeing?
Colour plays a major role in setting a particular mood or state of mind, and contributes to our overall emotional and physical feelings. I firmly believe as a designer, and from my own experience, that a harmoniously balanced room or home can have a positive impact on an individual’s emotional and physical health.
Whether you love brights or more muddy, earthy tones, it is important that you create the right balance in a space for it to have a healthy impact. If you start mixing muddy with bright clean colours, it can created colour mayhem with the energy flow of a home. This can then have a serious impact on your well being longe term.
This doesn’t mean you can’t experiment or have fun with colour, you just need to choose a palette which suits your individual needs, and then build a story around it to get the best results for you and your lifestyle.
How do you use colour in your own home?
Gosh this is a tough one because we use colour in so many ways at home, from cooking to gardening to craft. I like to change it up with colours in each of our spaces. I always stick to a similar palette throughout the house, but will change paintings, plants and cushions to suit the seasons or my mood.
Also, I always incorporate colour into my outfit for the day too, I can’t bear to wear all grey and black, and I find wearing colour helps to express who I am and makes it more interesting. I also encourage my little boy to learn about colour, and help pick clothes or puzzles that he is drawn to. He recently picked out his own pick scooter at the shop – who am I to stop him!
What is your funniest moment with colour?
I think the funniest stories I have with colour are when I haved decided to dye my hair a drastic new colour. Especially when I was at uni and decided I wanted to be a gorgeous red head like Julia Roberts and instead looked like a pumpkin with a perm.
I have had so many hairstyle changes gone wrong that I now stick to brunette and go crazy buying cushions instead.
How do you communicate colour in your own work?
Colour is my speciality at work and it is communicated to my clients through visual mood boards and colour schemes to create a story and personality for each project.
I teach workshops as another format to help communicate colour to people who want to have a go themselves. Colour connects us all in some way and to me it’s the most important starting point in a new design or renovation..
What would be your number one colour tip?
Don’t stick to trends!! Have fun discovering what colours you love, create a moodboard for each room at home you want to decorate and then keep a balance of tones through the house.
You can use different colours in different rooms but they have to flow visually for example don’t mix soft pastels and sherbet tones with bold brights or muddy colours. Enjoy, and if in doubt call a colour consultant!!