The Colour of the Moment: Grape – A Velvet Color Masterclass
November 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm 0

Grape is such a rich, deep shade that will instantly add a feel of modern cosiness to your home. In this trend edit, we’ve put together our expert advice on a number of creative ways you can incorporate this stylish shade into your living room, with your sofa as the wow-factor focus.

Firstly, what colour is 'Grape'?

Colour is subjective - what one might call ‘Claret’ another might call ‘Plum’. We've gone for Grape to describe what is a rich, warm colour that sits in the wine - claret - plum - grape spectrum of colour. Because it’s velvet the colour appears to have a tonal quality which makes the colour even more interesting.

Amber Velvet Sofa in Grape

Top tip when buying a sofa: Order a Free swatch! This is important because all computer screens and phone screens are calibrated differently. We match our images against true colour but still, there is nothing quite like a swatch in your hand. Our swatches are free and it will help you see the colour, in the room with whatever lighting you have.

The Looks

Our design team have used colour theory to put together these three schemes, all centered around Grape, to give you some inspiration around how to use the colour of the moment.

1. Earthy Contrast

In Colour theory, a contrasting scheme is when colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel and therefore complement one another. This is why Forest Green is the perfect contrasting colour to showcase Grape. Don’t think of opposite colours as clashing, they offset and therefore compliment each other - It’s the theory of opposites attract! A dark wall is a great go-to for a cosy lounge, it will bring out the depth in the velvet, adding to the plushness. With a dark wall and a deeply toned sofa, keep the surrounding elements light with brass and lighter greys.

This look works well with a full blend of finishes. Here we have used black, chrome and brass. The key here is to blend, not match.

Amber comes in a 2 or a 3 seater option.

Top Tip: Stick to one contrasting colour, Forest Green, and use complementary colours for your accessories and accents, such as warm tones like ochre

Grape and Forest Green - Opposite sides of the Colour Wheel

2. Retro Eclectic

This look is probably the easiest of all, the key to this scheme is balance. Although there are a quite a few colours, each colour is evenly positioned and in relation to each other on the colour wheel, so the scheme has both impact and harmony.

A mix of Grape, Teal and Brass Tones.
Evenly spaced tones, spaced evenly around the colour wheel

Warm, earthy tones alongside a contrasting blue a pop of grape creates a multi layered and tonal look. You can really have some fun with your finishes, for example, we’ve included the velvet Plaza stool and Amber sofa, the glass Ripple coffee table and a statement light with a tactile brass bass. 

Top Tip: This colour palette lends itself to a mid century modern feel, perfect if you have a modern style but also love an eclectic feel or vintage find . 

3. Neutral Blush 

This look uses a blend of complementary, warm tones that sit on the same side of the colour wheel to Grape. Layering colours and tones that are near each other on the colour wheel gives a soft cohesive look, as opposed to a striking or contrasting one. All of the colours are on hues from the warm side of the wheel in various complimentary tones. 

When choosing paint colours, for a complimentary neutral to Grape, opt for a grey with a warm base, something like Farrow and Ball ‘Elephant’s Breath’. Then, use warm tones in your accessories like ocre, rust, blush, and metallic accents like rose gold and copper.

Top Tip: to keep a modern feel use black as an accent. A monochrome gallery wall and black accessories has the same effect of punctuating the scheme as a pop of colour would have. 

Which look do you like the best? Thinking of introducing any of these colour schemes to your home? Let us know in the comments! And for more info and styling tips for sofas take a look at our Sofa blog. 

The Contemporary Art of Styling – Julia Kendell & Katy Jade Dobson
Dining, Ideas and Inspiration
The Contemporary Art of Styling – Julia Kendell & Katy Jade Dobson
October 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm 0
Form Chrome Bar Stools from the Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendaell Range We were planning the photo shoot for our Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell range and we really wanted to select some inspiring props to style alongside the furniture that we were photographing. Our location had a clean and modern feel along with a real homely look. Because the interior was quite neutral, we knew it would help to have a few strong elements to balance the interior. While browsing galleries and stores for that perfect authentic piece, we came across this painting called ‘Lepus’ by Yorkshire based artist Katy Jade Dobson:
Lepus by Katy Jade Dobson

The Lepus Painting

Title: Lepus Price: £395.00 Edition size: 75 signed limited editions Medium: Giclée on Hahnemühle paper Total dimensions: 38" x 43" inches framed in black to artist's specifications  

We’d struck gold!

We absolutely loved this piece the minute we saw it in the Reem Fine Art Gallery due to its vivacity and effortless blend of colouring. We instantly saw the potential of the painting to liven up a contemporary living setting, by adding a splash of colour that would compliment the colours and textures in the furniture. As a top tip, it's great to take one piece or even an object that you love and build the room around that item. One great item can be the cue for a whole scheme.  

The Photo Shoot

For the photo shoot, we had a variety of our Form Barstools in a selection of rich teal and steely greys. We were also styling the Glide Sideboard which has a teal gloss accent, so we wanted something that would on the one hand compliment and balance the colours, while also strengthening the wonderful different shades. From a styling point of view, we decided to focus on two strong elements; one being the beautiful colours of the bar stools and the other being the simple textures. Bright artwork is a great way to bring focus to any space; balanced with other elements a room can take a surprising amount of colour!  

Stylist's Thoughts

I caught up with our interior stylist Jess to ask her what she liked best about this piece. She really knows what she’s talking about when it comes to styling a stunning home interior:
Danetti interior stylist

Our Interior Stylist Jess

This beautiful print appealed to us for our latest shoot because of it's subject matter and the striking way it's been executed. There was something really breathtaking and magical about the colours. The perfect combination - a contemporary technique with an 'Old Masters' subject matter - is absolutely gorgeous and the colours give it a sort of kaleidoscope feel which is easy to use in almost any setting”

So, who is the artist behind such a magical piece?

Her name is Katy Jade Dobson, and her work is nothing short of beautiful. Describing her own work as “opulent, and colourful, traditional, a little bit weird sometimes” it’s clear to see creativity really is at the heart of Dobson’s work.  
Katy Jade Dobson Peacock Painting

Katy working on another piece from her collection

vouge feature

Katy's Feature In Vogue Magazine

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Katy is a self-taught painter. She began by using a range of mixed media when creating her artwork. Since discovering her love of oil paints, she’s never looked back. Now, oil has become Katy's medium of choice for the majority of her work. Katy has combined her talent for painting with her love of animals and nature, which have become the main subject matter in a range of her pieces. Her work has been officially endorsed by the Born Free Foundation as featured in Vogue publications- a very impressive achievement!  Top Tip: Paintings of animals, nature and beautiful land and seascapes are a great way to add a hint of the outdoors into your home. Think about the theme and colour scheme of your room and consider what setting is right for your decor.


Lepus, like all of the work in Katy’s “Spectrum Collection” really optimises the qualities oil paints have to offer. Oil paints, unlike other mediums such as acrylic, are much thicker and can be layered on top of one another. It dries much slower making it easier to blend colours so seamlessly with one another- a technique Katy has used brilliantly to encapsulate the vibrancy of the wide choice of colours on her palette. This also results in the textured look that really helps to define her delicate yet obvious brush strokes. As Katy puts it, she wants to create artwork that gets more interesting the closer you get to it”. 
Painting 2

Looking closely, you can really see the layers of colour and the detail from each delicate stroke stoke.

Top Tip: It may seem a little overwhelming to place such a vibrant piece in your home interior, however, not every colour in the painting needs to be reflected throughout the room. Colourful imagery is great for tying together different coloured elements of your existing interior. You can also add hints of other colours that you may not have considered using.  

The next few photos were taken on our location shoot:

Julia Chrome Barstools

Julia taking a break on the Form Chrome Bar Stool on a recent photo shoot


The contrasting hand stitching is another designer feature of the Form Barstools

We found that the delicate hand stitching was a subtle nod to the delicacy of the painting we'd selected. These gorgeous stools are available in Teal, White, Cool Grey, Graphite Grey and Black soft faux leather. They're available to view on our website If you like Katy’s work as much as we do, there's still more to see! Take a look at Katy’s various social media platforms: Feel inspired? We’d love to hear what you think of Lepus and how we've styled the painting with our range of Form Barstools- has it inspired you to be more bold with your interior decoration? make sure you let us know your thoughts in the comments!  

Katy Jade Dobson:

Blog: https://katyjadedobson.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @KatyJadeDobson Interview: https://youtu.be/S130VzABWVw Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katyjadedobsonart Instagram: https://instagram.com/katyjadedobson/    
Colour Basics
September 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm 1

The Colour Wheel

To be able to make an informed decision about the right colours to put together you need to have a basic understanding of colour principle. A good place to start is the colour wheel.

The most basic colour wheel contains three segments, each containing one Primary colour; red, blue or yellow.

Primary Colour Wheel

Primary Colour Wheel

Divide the wheel down to six segments. The three Primary colours are positioned an equal distance apart and in the segments in-between a colour is made from both the combination of both surrounding colours. These are the Secondary colours; purple, green and orange.

Secondary Colour Wheel

Secondary Colour Wheel

Divide the wheel down even further to 12 segments. As before all six colours (Primary and Secondary) are positioned equal distance apart, and in the segments between, a new set of colours are made from a combination of the two surrounding it. These are the Tertiary colours.

Tertiary Colour Wheel

Tertiary Colour Wheel

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General News
New Section Added! Understanding Colour and it’s Uses
February 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm 0

Colour: An IntroductionWe are happy to announce we have just added our new guides all about Colour. Under the heading of Colour: An Introduction we have included a number of pages that explain the basics, colour theory and more, to help you with any problems you may encounter when designing and updating your home.

An understanding of colour is very important when it comes to anything creative, interior design is no exception. Understanding the theory behind which colours will work and which won’t, can often make or break a room. Colour should always be a thoughtful addition to any the room, because not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it is powerful enough to influence the emotions of those surrounded by it. Click here to view full page

We plan to add new interesting content regularly so we can provide you with the information you need, to succeed. If there is anything you would like help with, please email us at lifestyle@danetti.com