Using colour in the home; a Demonstration by Designers Guild

On Friday 20th November, Claire & Sally from Designers Guild visited our Cambridgeshire showroom to give a demonstration of their paints and to show how to co-ordinate them with their fabrics and wallpapers.
The day was very inspirational indeed! We learnt a lot about colour co-ordinating, current trends and the difference between ‘warm’ ‘cool’ and ‘clear’ colours and how they should be used in the home to create different effects.
Although there are no strict ‘rules’ when adding colour to your home – ultimately your choice is down to personal taste and your level of confidence you have using certain colours / styles! Here at Barker & Barker, we believe that your home should be an expression of your own personality and you should create moods for spaces that you really want to live in. However, Designers Guild had some tips that should be used as a guide and Claire from DG described them very well.
To summarise quickly, they separate their paint colours into 3 groups

  1. Cool
  2. Clear
  3. Warm

These can create different effects in different rooms. For example, if you have a room that is dark and doesn’t get much sunlight, try using a ‘warm’ colour to create a lighter effect in the room.

They then separate the groups into neutrals and Brights.

Cool Neutrals – have blue or grey tones. They work well in light-filled rooms.
Warm Neutrals – have a creamy yellow-tinged base and add depth and warmth to a room. Good to use in north facing rooms.
Clear Neutrals – provide a flat wash of true colour, use them anywhere for a crisp finish.
Cool Brights – provide a lively vibrant finish and work well in light-filled rooms.
Warm Brights – these are richer in their base tone and have a warm depth and strength of colour.
Clear Brights – crisp and with a well defined clarity. They work well everywhere.

It really is amazing how many different shades of white and grey (Cool Neutrals) there are – it’s only when you see them in different rooms and next to different fabrics that you realise this and can actually see the difference!

Claire & Sally bought along some beautiful fabrics and wallpapers to demonstrate this with great effect, there were many ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ when different colour paints were also introduced!



The afternoon was continued with the chance for everyone to put what had learnt into practice by creating mood boards using various Designers Guild paint and fabric samples.


Many people commented on the fact they now felt braver with colour and felt more confident to use bolder shades, knowing they can co-ordinate it with a calmer fabric or wallpaper and their mood boards certainly reflected this!
And after so much creativity everyone was rewarded with delicious cakes!


We would like to thank Sally & Claire from Designers Guild for giving us the presentation – it was a real insight into how the paints are created and provided everyone with lots of ideas to take home and put into practice. The afternoon was such a success we are hoping to hold more paint workshops in the New Year. If you missed out this time, watch this space for further announcements!



Designers Guild Paint Workshop

Designers Guild Paint Workshop, 20th November 2015

Join us in our Cambridge showroom on Friday 20 November at 12pm for an inspirational afternoon.
Lead by representatives from leading design house, Designers Guild, the workshop will be a demonstration of their paints, trend discussions and inspirational tips on how to use colour in the home. The Designers Guild team will be able to answer queries and help collate interior ideas in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Tea, coffee and canapés will be available, as well as a 10% discount on all purchases from the showroom made on the day of the workshop.
Contact the studio on 01223 733730, or to secure your place.