'The Dutch interior could be a bit more daring'
These are my five favourite colours, ones that I’ve been using in my own interior projects for over 20 years and all in our signature style: Metropolitan Luxury. A style that you can create anywhere: in a city penthouse, a farm in the countryside, in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and America. It’s a luxurious, worldly style that isn’t about bling or ostentation. Instead, true luxury is about feeling comfortable in your own home. Increasingly, people are realising how important a beautifully decorated home is to their sense of wellbeing. It’s all about creating an atmosphere – something that’s certainly not always about money.
You’ll never hear me say someone is doing something wrong, but I do think a little variation should be encouraged. Eighty percent of newly built houses are decorated with white walls, steel doors and high skirting boards. It’s all so easy: everyone likes it.
But I’d like to suggest putting a warmer shade on the walls. Here in the Netherlands we have grey skies, and having white walls at home only emphasises that grey light, making it even cooler. This is great if you live in the Mediterranean, but not so good if you often wished you lived somewhere a little hotter than northern Europe! Isn’t it time – decoratively speaking – to think again?
My aim with SHADES by ERIC KUSTER is not only to encourage home-owners to be more adventurous in their colour choices, but to help them navigate what can seem like a vast number of options when selecting a paint. It’s a very personal thing, but it does help to bear in mind the sort of colour combinations that work in different types of spaces.