Colour Files: Rust and Dust


While many exciting things are going on here behind these pretty scenes, all to be revealed in the new year, I am having a serious dusty pink and rusty red moment. I went on a rare solo shopping afternoon a couple of weeks ago for some autumn/winter wardrobe pieces and the shops were strewn with these warm pink and burgundy hues with earthy undertones. Here are a few of my favourite palette appropriate pins of late and why I think this combo works so well.


I am always a little surprised by how each new season brings with it fresh inspiration in colour combinations. We have enjoyed ‘Marsala‘ as colour of the year in 2015 and old pink has made a comeback in recent months too, but the combination of the two feels fresh and new somehow. Both hues feel distinctly 70s, particularly together, but are so very contemporary when used right. If my last blog entry is anything to go by, rust and dust are best combined with calming neutral shades to give a generous dose of colour while still being tranquil and relaxing. Here are a few spaces that exercise this theory, very well indeed.


Are you a convert to this warm, earthy and feminine combo? What I love about the images below is how the pops of rusty red or dusty pink come alive against a neutral scape of whites and warm woods. And each space above is different in terms of style but have the same relaxed vibe.


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I recently started an interior styling project in which rust and dust are playing a starring role and I’m loving how it’s coming together. To compliment these gorgeous shades we are adding pops of black, brass, oak and walnut and it’s looking so divine. More on that later!

Hope today’s post inspired you! I’ll be back shortly to share an inspiring story about a mother-daughter duo who produce beautiful wares for the home in collaboration with artisans around the globe. I have had the pleasure of working with their products for the last few weeks and am so inspired and humbled by their story, I am sure you will be too!

Holly x

Credits: Moodboard (clockwise from top left) 1.Sara Medina Lind; 2.D’Arcy Benincosa for oncewed; 3. MOZA; 5. Holly Marder for Emma | Images: 1. Photography: Jonas Ingerstedt for Elle Decor Sweden; 2. Pampa; 3. one fine stay; 4. Pella Hedeby; 5. Brian W. Ferry for Apiece Apart; 6. We are Tribe; 7. Nicole Franzen 

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