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The Colour of the Moment: Grape – A Velvet Color Masterclass

November 21, 2019 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. 

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