Colours of the Mediterranean

This week's blog comes from Palma de Mallorca and is inspired by the art of Joan Miro and his love of mediterranean colours. Born in Barcelona, artist Joan Miro settled in Mallorca in 1956. His magnificent studio was designed by his friend and collaborator Josep Luis Sert. It was in Mallorca that Miro found a place where he could create in peace and freedom. For over 25 years he produced some of his most vibrant works of art from this studio.

Miro worked with a limited palette of unblended colours, favouring reds, blues, yellows, greens and black. His colouring is bold and expressive and gave inspiration to a generation of colour field painters - we often take inspiration from works of art and Miro's colours provide a beautiful but bold balance which can perfectly translate into an interior's colour scheme. His semi-abstract forms also provide a charming playfulness relating as they do to natural elements of life including the sun, the stars, birds, fish, the sea and the human form.

Take a look below at Miro's Danseuse Dancers (1969) paired with Farrow & Ball's Blue Ground and St Giles Blue. A work of art with pure colours like this provides inspiration for a seaside home and could beautifully reflect its natural surroundings. Alternatively, these soft blues would look lovely in a children's bedroom to create a subtle but fresh feeling.

In the central image below Miro has painted a signature red wall in an otherwise white interior in which to create a simple display of his Spanish dolls. Farrow & Ball's Radicchio and Red Earth paint colours echo this earthy theme.

Milo's colours often reflect the tiles, houses and traditional craft works of Mallorca, like this tiled advertising wall piece below right. Farrow & Ball's Dayroom Yellow perfectly reflects the atmosphere of Miro's painting below left, Bird Against The Horizon (1976), and could bring some Mediterranean sunshine into your home.

If you find yourself in Mallorca, make sure you visit Miro's studio and home which has a beautiful permanent exhibition of Miro's work.

You can find out more on Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro a Mallorca here

Springtime Inspiration

Spring is the time of plans and projects

- Leo Tolstoy -

With Spring in the air we wanted to share an insider peak into Devas Designs' head office in Chelsea. Our upstairs drawing room is centred around a colour palette of pastel blues, greens and greys … the perfect colours for a Springtime mood board. 

For this room’s colour scheme we took inspiration from this unusually pale coloured Ziegler carpet. Its pastel tones with hints of earthy red and green instantly caught our eye.  With these colours in mind we chose an eclectic selection of cushions that each have their own character whilst following these same colours.

The two terrace windows provide a beautiful, fresh light throughout the day, which perfectly harmonises with the pastel tones. We kept the curtains simple, choosing white linen to maximise the light. The walls were painted with an off-white so that the light softly reflected back onto itself.

We love incorporating antique pieces into modern interiors, especially when they tie in with the colour palette. This green decorated jug is an antique Staffordshire piece. The sea shelled table top was initially a single frame artwork which was later turned into this stunning table.

The room also features several paintings including works by Tim Woolcock and Edward Seago.