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Terracotta pink and how to blend it into your design schemes

Terracotta pink and how to blend it into your design schemes

People often ask me how to use colour in the home, which colours work together and how to live colourfully without an overpowering result. Yes, you can explain all of this in writing, but a mood board is perfect for expressing your ideas visually.

Our mid-month mood boards will feature some of our products and show you how to utilise them in your home, but we also look at inspiring interiors, fly new products that we love here at Eva Sonaike and some travel destinations that make you want to pack up and go.

And we are kicking this off with Aragon by Pantone, a warm terracotta pink with brown undertones -  one of my favourite colours. I use this colour in some of my designs as a base colour (Aburi copper, Ara pink), but it also inspired the overall feeling and idea of my new collection, which will launch later this spring.

And guess what, the amazing house you see on the mood-board is located on the outskirts of in Marrakesh where I had the privilege to stay last month! It is out of this world! Have a look at my recent feature about Palais Sohan or even better, check out my Instagram reel about the villa. I promise, you will want to stay there!

And for the products: the pink cat-eye shades are by Alaïa, the gold and terracotta rug from Trouva, the Okuta copper lampshade is from our Falomo Rise collection; The trainers are by Reebok in collaboration with Gigi Hadid;  the 70s sofa is by Vinterior; the gorgeous set of enamel bracelets by Roxanne Assoulin, and the checked coat, which is on my spring wish list, by Munthe.

Looking at the colour chart on the top left, you can see which colours work with this warm, powdery hue for both your interior scheme, but also your wardrobe. And in case you are not familiar with the design jargon. Here is a little refresher:

Monochromatic colour schemes are derived from a single base hue and are extended using its shades, tones and tints

An analogous colour scheme is composed of two or more harmonious colours closely related that lie next to each other on the colour wheel and therefore have similar hues.

Split-complementary is a colour scheme using one base colour and two secondary colours. Instead of using a complementary colour, two colours placed around it on the colour wheel are used.

triadic colour scheme uses colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. Triadic colour harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.

Complementary colours are the two hues across from one another on the colour wheel, like red and green, blue and orange or purple and yellow. When mixed they will effectively cancel one another out, creating a muddy brown or black hue.


If you want more tips on how to live a colourful life, download our free colour guide full of tips & techniques to help you introduce colour to your home with style and confidence.

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