Wisps of steam rise from your mug, the bitter aroma enticing as you take the deepest breath of the day so far. Cocooning your hands around it, you feel the warmth of the hot liquid radiating against your skin, momentarily transfixed by the mocha, cream and espresso colours swirling together in the foam top before taking a tentative sip. It’s hot!
As you gaze around your living room, you realise your décor echoes these mouth-watering shades. Warm, comforting and grounding, this rich yet neutral palette makes you feel immediately soothed and calm. Punctuated by occasional accents of terracotta, your home feels in tune with the earthy hues of the Mediterranean. A favourite place to spend your holidays. Somewhere you quickly reconnect to yourself and experience total harmony once more.
Calming colours for tranquil homes.
Cast your mind back not that far, and a neutral interior was shorthand for drab and uninteresting, but over the past few years, neutral has transformed to meaning cosy, calming and tranquil. Layering texture has become an art form, and the new neutrals are earthy, grounding colours reminiscent of sun-baked stone and terracotta. They make us feel more in touch with our natural environment, which improves our wellbeing.
Designed in response to this increasing desire to paint our homes in earthy colours, our tonal Café Culture collection of switches and sockets blend seamlessly into your walls. The calming colours help to soothe and settle your mind. The absence of jarring white light switches and sockets allows your eyes to travel uninterrupted around your space.
Whipped Cream coloured switches and sockets are a much softer alternative to white – a subtle detail, but they make a world of difference to ivory walls.
Caramel Latte is very similar to the Dulux paint colour Brave Ground. When you place our light switches and sockets against this hue, they blend in and look amazing in their muted presence – designer looks without the price tag.
If terracotta is your favourite shade, then our Cinnamon coloured dimmer switches and sockets will remind you of rooftops in rural Provence or Tuscany. The clay tiles baking in the hot Mediterranean sun, scarlet geraniums spilling out of earthenware pots on every doorstep. How wonderful to recreate a bit of holiday feeling every time you enter a room in your home.
Nailing the new neutral
Sometimes wavering from staple white switches and sockets can feel a little daunting. Below are some examples of Café Culture switches and sockets, done exceptionally well.
@Homeonthegrove matches our spicy Cinnamon light switch with their ceiling colour to add a cheeky detail to this earthy bedroom.
@this_e17_life has nestled our Cinnamon double plug sockets under gorgeous open shelving – a brilliant detail in their grounding kitchen sanctuary.
Retro and chunky, accompanied by an addictively satisfying click, @Homeonthegrove uses our Whipped Cream dimmer switch to accentuate their beautifully off-white space.
If you’re inspired to do some decorating in these beautiful hues, why not start with your switches and sockets, and match your paint to them. Colour-sample the same shade for a seamless look that’s as peaceful and soothing as it is sophisticated. Go a tone or two lighter or darker for a subtle effect that adds a touch of interest. Or, mix and match for a blended look that’s hard to beat.
Want to get your hands on our Café Culture collection? Come by and see us at Clerkenwell Design Week, where our team will be on hand to discuss all things light switches, plug sockets, and anything else you’ve got your eye on.
Show us yours
We’d love to see how you’re using these calming colours in your homes. Neutral spaces done well are so beautiful to look at, and we’d love to have a peek at yours. Just tag us @dowsingandreynolds on Instagram!