Spring is well and truly here, and the greys of winter are well and truly behind us. Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s the buzz of people on the streets again but something in the air is making us crave a shot of colour.
Using bold colours doesn’t always need to mean painting an entire room. A piece of furniture, a door, woodwork or even just a single wall can be exactly the right thing to get colour-brave with.
Meet Charlotte Jarega, design director at Jarega Design & Interiors (@projectsfromwaltonroad)
“I’m Charlotte, I design spaces that embrace both form & function with an added touch of that little something you didn't know you needed. I love my job, and love helping people love their spaces again! Oh Boysenberry is a fun dark colour, designed to make your room feel cosy and add a bit of sassiness!”
“So what the hell is a Boysenberry?” - Everyone. Well, think like a giant hybrid raspberry/blackberry fruit and you’re pretty much there. In berry speak, Oh Boysenberry isn’t a cranberry red, it’s deeper and richer than a raspberry pink, and paler than a blackberry purple. Every day’s a school day, huh?
This rich purple Oh Boysenberry skews from dusty to moody, depending on the light
“The deep rich maroon colour of Oh Boysenberry looks completely different in direct sunlight, and can look deliciously dark and moody in low light.” says Charlotte. “I wanted the name to reflect the colour, making it fun and inviting for you to play with.”
Charlotte's Oh Boysenberry is used on some walls, and for the bespoke bar unit
Charlotte created Oh Boysenberry especially for an interior design client’s project, which centred around a beautifully crafted bar as part of the re-designed space. Alongside a palette of other rich shades, Oh Boysenberry was designed to add some richness and drama to the space in a specific area - the bar.
Oh Boysenberry adds some retro glamour to the vintage inspired bar unit
“My clients’ father is a retired joiner so when I suggested using a large alcove in the space to create a bar, she knew it was going to be even more special if he made the bar himself” says Charlotte. “When I was looking for inspiration for the bar colour, I had Claridge’s bar “The Fumoir” in mind. I wanted to create a rich, almost sexy colour, that could work alongside a dark palette.”
The bar was built by the father of Charlottes client, so feels really personal
"The room has three natural light sources, so I knew a darker palette would work amazingly - although it was a point I had to stress all the time, that it wouldn’t make the room feel smaller!” says Charlotte. “Oh Boysenberry works perfectly with the dark blue-green of The Drink along with the brass accents and the beautiful wallpaper we’ve used as a backsplash.”
Oh Boysenberry alongside The Drink, creating a luxurious and dramatic palette
This colour is a rich one, and the palette Charlotte used here is pretty brave for most folks. If you like the colour but don’t fancy dark shades all over, think about wardrobe doors, drawer fronts, a single wall or even a front door in Oh Boysenberry. It’s a unique shade - if you love it, you’ll love it
Use Oh Boysenberry with complimentary deep, or contrast pale shades
COAT dark shades are legendary. Tightly curated, and bang on trend. Working with Charlotte and her creative, maxi style to create Oh Boysenberry has delivered a really unique rich shade that we can’t find a rival for. Luxe bedrooms, dramatic living spaces or just a pop of colour for the door… all epic scenes for Oh Boysenberry. So why not grab Swatches and try for yourself?
What is No.31 from COAT?
We think colours should come from people, with real stories to tell. Each month COAT launches a new colour on-top of our existing palette. Designed to perfectly suit a real person and their real home - it’s about launching beautiful colours that inspire. And we get to have even more fun with colour names, obvs.