VASCO – Adding Colour

COLOUR PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

2019 is the year of colour – so banish the beige and embrace vivacious and vibrant colours such as a Carmine Red or Melon Yellow from Vasco’s extensive, contemporary colour palette.

Be bold and beautiful when selecting a radiator, break away from safe, muted shades in favour of intense show-stopping colours. White and cream effortlessly blend into a room, but a bolder colour can be just the wake-up call a room needs.

VASCO’s carefully selected palette of 56 colours is guaranteed to help inject new life into your home.   Until recently if you wanted a colourful radiator – you painted it yourself and hoped the finish wouldn’t look too unprofessional.

Historically, cast-iron radiators tended to be the same colour as the walls, as the radiator was viewed as  a functional piece of equipment that needed to be disguised.   This is no longer true; as the heat efficiency and design of radiators has improved they have been embraced by interior designers enabling VASCO’s radiators to now take centre stage.

Advantages of Colour Radiators

A designer radiator in a bright or contrasting colour can be a wonderful statement piece and is an ideal way of introducing a colour accent to a room without over powering the space. In a living room where white dominates, it’s better to choose a radiator in a dark or strong colour; such as wine red, dark green or even petrol blue.  This bold accent can then be picked up with accessories or soft furnishings.  In 2019, whether you opt for a dark blue, black, metal or soft pastel colour – a designer radiator will not fail to enhance a room.

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Domus launch ‘Piano’ from Mutina at Clerkenwell Design Week

Domus hosted the official UK launch of new tile collection ‘Piano’ from Italian design house Mutina during Clerkenwell Design Week, 22nd – 24th May 2018. Created by French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Piano is a striking, colourful partially glazed porcelain tile collection available exclusively from Domus in the UK.

With the Piano collection, Mutina re-discovered the technology of double charged clay, enabling them to obtain different textural effects in a wide range of colours. The slight variation in size and specific use of glaze creates a ‘vibrating’ effect, similar to the shimmering image of reflections on the water, creating an optical illusion of a non-geometrical figure.

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec describe Piano:

“The tiles can be fitted together at will, to create endless layout possibilities. Their random disposition is mysterious and creates the impression of a total continuation of space. This systemic rhythm always creates the space for originality.”

The collection is made with coloured clays to which layers of glaze are added in different widths. There are five base colours: white, grey, blue, green and pink and two rectangular sizes (7.5 x 30cm and 10 x 30cm). The tiles are arranged by colour and are grouped together by the lead colourway in the same box, this allows for the greatest variation and ability to create a vibrant fitted tile layout. Piano is suitable for floors and walls, both indoors and outdoors.

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Domus launches Geometrica

A pastel coloured porcelain tile collection

Launching at Domus in February, the Geometrica tile collection is a colourful glazed porcelain range with a matte concrete-effect finish. Inspired by artistic and architectural movements of the 20th century, the tiles show various motifs and design inspirations, from the Bauhaus to Pierre Chareau; from the Beat generation to a cyber-style. In an ‘alphabet of basic shapes’, Geometrica comprises five solid colours along with graphic patterns in a predominantly pastel coloured palette, with the addition of black.

Cement grey is the master colour of the collection while other colours include pink, blue, white and black. The patterns enable multiple layout options, allowing true personalisation with strong visual impact. All tiles are the same square shape and size: 15x15cm. The contemporary patterns include a grid, a circle, a T-shape, a triangle plus dots, lines, tubes and ‘birds’. Geometrica is an adaptable collection, a compendium of basic shapes that lend themselves to various formal, stylistic interpretations.

No matter how the tiles are arranged, the final design will always be interesting and unique, creating combinations that can be new every time. A number of combinations can be created by using the different elements through varied positioning on the floors and walls. Graphic flooring can be matched with a block colour wall and vice-versa. A gradation of colours can be created that starts out as a block colour on the floor and blends into graphic patterns on the wall. Or a floor can be designed where patterns are organised into geometric forms that gradually disperse randomly. Patterns can also be used to create other decorative elements within a room, such as headboards or splashbacks.