The effect of colours

KALDEWEI, Ahlen, July 2019. – Colours express personality and can improve the mood in a room. Nobody knows this  better than floral designer Ruby Barber. Her artistic floral arrangements add the finishing touches to high-end international interiors and designer fashion shoots. The artist, who works under the pseudonym of Mary Lennox, explains what’s important when it comes to choosing and combining colours and how colours can change a bathroom’s ambience.

The more powerful the colours used - the more the flowers and furnishings become visual show-stoppers. If the home owner’s favourite colour is used, these items are also a reflection of the individual’s personality. ”We usually connect our favourite colours with sensual memories, people, scents or music. Everybody feels it differently, it’s a very personal thing,” Ruby Barber says.

Every colour has its own special effect
The floral designer prefers muted, harmonious shades. “That keeps my head clear,” Ruby Barber says. “Primary colours, on the other hand, have a particularly strong emotional pull. Reds, for example, are passionate and fiery, blues are soothing and immersive, white neutralises and clarifies. Naturally, there is a wide spectrum and combination of options in between,” the 30-year-old explains, although she admits that: “Depending on the season, I like to give preference to a single colour in my floral arrangements. In spring, for example, she likes to use yellow as her base colour – in various shades all the way through to pastels. Yellow represents a new beginning, freshness and the sun,” Ruby Barber says.

Bathroom is the perfect place for colour
If there is one place where colour can achieve its full effect, it’s the bathroom: “When flowers bring colour into the bathroom, it’s a real five-star feeling,” says Ruby Barber. “It’s a huge upgrade for the place where we relax and make ourselves beautiful.” She particularly recommends colourful flowers for plain, somewhat neutral interiors with smooth surfaces. What really matters, when it comes to creating a certain mood, is the interaction of the different colours. “If you put a collection of pretty perfume bottles on display in your bathroom, or have other things on the shelves, you should go for blurry, neutral shades that harmonise with the colours of the bathroom furnishings, walls and floor. Neutral, white bouquets also fit in very well.”

Perfect interplay of colours is what counts
While neutralising, clarifying white may clear our heads, any change from classic white in the bathroom can be enriching. The elegant matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection open up the integrative and expressive power of colour to the viewer, whereby, there isn’t any other product that complements a bathroom more than Kaldewei’s delicate Miena washbasin bowl, designed by Anke Salomon. Placed on a console, it works excellently as a colour harmoniser in the bathroom. Alternatively, as a Perfect Match with the colour of the bath or shower surface, it can have a positive influence on the ambience of the bathroom.

 

Source: Franz Kaldewei GmbH & Co. KG. Copy requested.

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Under the alias of Mary Lennox, floral designer Ruby Barber creates extraordinary floral arrangements for international customers, also adding the final touch to high-end interior photo shoots. Product shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in Oyster Grey matt, combined with anthurium, also known as the flamingo flower.

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Ruby Barber’s floral arrangements perfectly complement Kaldewei’s coloured Miena washbasin bowls as well as adding a touch of luxury and extravagance. This could also be because Anke Salomon’s design language, which has a distinctive aesthetic, is clear, pure and beautiful – just like nature. Product shown: Kaldewei’s Miena washbasin bowl in City-Anthracite matt combined with pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana).

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“Colours can greatly improve a room’s mood. Primary colours, on the other hand, have a particularly strong emotional pull. “Reds, for example, are passionate and fiery,” says Ruby Barber. Product shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in Alpine White combined with amaranthus, also known as foxtail.

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The shape and colour of floral arrangements in the bathroom blend to perfection when the bouquets meet the minimalist design of the fine-walled Miena in the exclusive shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection – either as a harmonious addition or an eye-catching focus. Product shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in Seashell Cream matt and City-Anthracite matt, combined with a floral arrangement by Mary Lennox, Berlin.

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If there’s one place where colour can achieve its full effect, it’s the bathroom: “When flowers bring colour into the bathroom, it’s a real five-star feeling,” says Ruby Barber. “It’s a huge upgrade for the place where we relax and make ourselves beautiful.” Product shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in City-Anthracite matt, combined with the upright blooms of Musa velutina (hairy or pink banana).

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Ruby Barber loves anthurium, also known as the flamingo flower. The red colour of these flowers with a face, and their rounded shape, produce a lively backdrop to Kaldewei’s fine-walled Miena washbasin bowl in on-trend Oyster Grey matt. Product shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in Oyster Grey matt, combined with anthurium, also known as the flamingo flower.

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The combination of Kaldewei’s delicate Miena washbasin bowl in on-trend Oyster Grey matt with a vivid red produces a vibrant arrangement, no matter whether as a complement to the wall colour or to accessories such as vases and flowers in the bathroom. Product shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in Oyster Grey matt, combined with the colour red.

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Integrated into a bathroom dominated by shades of blue, Kaldewei’s Miena washbasin bowl and the Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface make a tremendous impact. The unique design of the bathroom solutions in Alpine White matt creates a statement in the soothing, immersive ambience of the blue bathroom. Products shown: Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in Alpine White matt with brushed stainless steel design cover and the Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl.

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“Design at its best” in a bathroom in shades of blue: The Kaldewei Nexsys combines the best of both worlds – all the advantages of an enamelled shower surface and the modern design of a channel shower. The white has a clarifying, neutralising effecting – for a clear head – particularly important in the bathroom, as it’s a place of calm for most people. Product shown: Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in Alpine White matt with brushed stainless steel design cover.

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There aren’t many products that so perfectly complement a bathroom as Kaldewei’s delicate Miena washbasin bowl, designed by Anke Salomon. Placed on a console, it works excellently as a colour harmoniser in the bathroom. Alternatively, as a Perfect Match with the colour of the bath or shower surface, it can have a positive influence on the ambience of the bathroom. Products shown: Kaldewei Miena washbasin bowl in Lava Black matt and enamelled Nexsys shower surface in Lava Black matt with polished gold design cover.

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The exclusive matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection open up the integrative and expressive power of colour. Just as with the Miena washbasin bowl, bathroom planners and fitters can choose from all 12 matt shades from the Coordinated Colours Collection for the Kaldewei Nexsys. Products shown: Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in the matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection with design covers in five elegant versions.

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The matt shades of the Coordinated Colours Collection range from various browns to greys through to elegant black and are inspired by nature. Woodberry Brown matt – chosen for the Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface – harmonises perfectly with metal accents such as the polished gold shown here. Product shown: Kaldewei Nexsys shower surface in Woodberry Brown matt with design cover in polished gold.

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