Tips & Techniques


Amber and Ochre Colour Inspiration

Jul 12, 2013

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Today being Friday and a day that I have been looking forward to since the beginning of the week (some weeks just try one’s patience a little more than others don’t they?), I’m going to give you some simple and very uncomplicated colour eye-candy! As you know, our Colour of The Month at Plascon is amber.

Amber and Ochre Colour Interiors

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I also tend to think that amber & ochre go together like ham & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, salt & vinegar, or any other good food analogy that you can think of – they are colours that complement and enhance one another and lend a deliciously warm and cosy ambiance to any room, even when they sit against a stark white backdrop…

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Perhaps this is because they are strongly evocative of the same colours that we find in autumnal leaf colours (and the spectrum of shades of these two tones are just as many as there are in autumn leaves), making them the perfect choice to warm one up during the cold months that are ahead of us here in the Southern hemisphere… My tip being to use these colours in your interiors for warmth and if you don’t feel you can commit to a wall of amber then do as the experts do and use them as soft furnishing accents.

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But they are also colours that are evocative of sun-drenched Mediterranean seaside towns and African landscapes, making them truly trans-seasonal in nature. To get the more Mediterranean and summery feel that ochre and amber evoke, I suggest using them in outdoor spaces such as exterior walls and patio areas and popping them with colour accents of cobalt and aegean blue and/or scarlet, or placing trellises of bougainvillea against these walls for a helping hand from mother nature to make the colours sing…

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However you decided to incorporate amber and ochre in your home, you will be certain to reap the benefits of these most ancient of colour pigments and fossils!