Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Colourful Abodes with Abigail Ahern event at the Regent Street Anthropologie. Abigail Ahern was our expert and animated guide in understanding the use of dark colours in the home, i.e. going to the dark side! Ahern is well known for her own home and shop, which are both famous for being firmly planted in this mysterious ‘dark side’, as well the amazing range of furniture and homeware sold at Ahern’s shop. I won’t give away too much of what’s in Ahern’s latest book Abigail Ahern Colour, because you should buy it and enjoy every lovely page! To quickly sum up the mini seminar on colour that we had last night, going to the dark side is the easiest way to achieve what Ahern refers to as , “drool-on-the-floor-interiors”. You can have a lovely home with white walls, but if you really want to take it up a notch and showcase every gorgeous piece of furniture and art that you own, just grab a roller and give those walls a couple of coats of the inkiest blue or darkest grey you can find, and one with natural pigments is best. It doesn’t end with the floors, walls, and ceiling paint; be sure to use plenty of texture and pattern! Also, remember to rein in your colour palette for the edgy and sophisticated look that Abigail Ahern is known for. After last night’s mini colour seminar, I really can’t wait to enrol in one of Abigail Ahern’s day courses in London. If you’re interested in any of Abigail Ahern’s classes, books, or shop, visit Abigail Ahern’s website. As far as my own home, I’m definitely toying with the idea of joining Abigail Ahern over in the dark side! Now to decide which room is first!
-April from Arne’s House
It would definitely be wrong of me to not share these images of the Regent Street Anthropologie’s windows. The tropical green palette is in honour of Earth Day and to bring attention to the deforestation of the world’s rainforests. All of the printed, folded flowers are made from newspaper! See Anthropologie’s blog for more info and lovely photos!