Not everything is as simple as black and white. There's the directness of paintbox colour like instructional signage in public places - and there's poetry. Shakespeare in hues.
Plain ol' pink versus Ashes of Roses. Stop right there. That is a riddle wrapped in a mystery right there. Ashes - a tinge of whisper soft grey mixed with not just pink but rose - a deep, sensuous hue, their marriage a seductive shade that affects the senses at different levels. A shade so stunning it's name is like an 18th-century romance novel. I would invent reasons to use it.
As I would turquoise, sapphire or cerulean - complex symphonies of varying tones that play the emotions like a violin.
Consider purple. Rich and regal indeed. And paradoxically common. And now let amethyst wash over you with its delicate beauty. The case for subtle shades only gets stronger.
With an endless palette composed of myriad shades, it's a shame to go back to comfort zones made up of the broadest strokes. To explore hints and tones is to enjoy the incomparable pleasure of a sonata. And also to discover a lexicon of poetic nomenclature.
I would really rather decorate with garnet, crimson or sangria than just dabble in red. Rooms shaded in nuances speak more eloquently to the senses and become more than just shelters. They become a second soul, places with compelling personalities, places that are truly home.
Indulge the senses and explore the astonishing and deeply soothing world of colour with writer and children's book illustrator Ingrid Sundberg who has created a Color Thesaurus – an anthology of 12 color charts that list the correct names of all shades. And while you're at it you might want to browse through our Vivid series of wallcoverings with its delightful, offbeat hues and reimagine a new and more colourfully evocative look for your home.
By Malini Aikat