Although it’s currently pouring with rain (and has been for a week), we’re cautiously optimistic that it will be rain, rain, go away by the time the Wimbledon Championship arrives, from 1 -14 July. There can’t possibly be any rain left in the sky to disrupt the fortnight of the what is the oldest tennis competition in the world, although we’ve definitely said that before! So, more in hope than anticipation, we’re taking a look at some Wimbledon-inspired colour schemes in readiness for the tournament’s first serve…
Purple and green are, of course, the colours of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (more commonly known as Wimbledon), so we had to show you this perfectly purple colour scheme. There’s lots of ideas going on here, so if you haven’t already sorted out your flooring – perhaps think about our Nature Black Slate large format, square porcelain tiles to work with dark purple walls. We love the contrasts here too – dark flooring, dark walls, and lots of hardwearing tartan wool upholstery. Mind you, glossy and luxurious velvets could look equally delicious in this setting! Fabrics are from the Abraham Moon & Son collections for The National Trust.
Everything’s Gone Green
Baths come in all shapes, sizes and colours nowadays, and it’s not too tricky to update the exterior colour of a bath – from an old-fashioned cast iron tub to a modern back-to-wall design, such as this one from Waters Baths. This is the River back-to-wall bath, in Lucite cast acrylic, and the exterior can be painted pretty much any colour you could possibly imagine. For a very tranquil look, we suggest a dark green, teamed with some lush green plants, and exposed and/or painted brick walls. Oh, and for similar natural looking stone tiles, take a look at our Bengal Beige matt, glazed porcelain tiles which are suitable for both walls and floors and are designed to look like natural slate.
The Sun Always Shines on TV
If you’re not planning a trip to the tournament this year, can we suggest a horizontal position on the sofa in front of the TV… and somehow, this Ellis sofa from the CONTENT by Terence Conran collection just absolutely hits the right spot! Naturally, it does come in lots of other colours, so you don’t need to be confined to green or purple just because we’re discussing Wimbledon at the moment. Shades of green in the range include Sutton Grass and Launceston Meadow, as well as glorious and vibrant shades of blue and yellow. Something for everyone!
The Green Team
Time for some colour suggestions that won’t break the bank and can brighten up any room. Strong colours have really made a comeback over the last couple of years, not just for ‘feature’ walls, but for whole rooms, including ceilings, skirting boards and doors. As much as we love a bold scheme, sometimes it’s just too much of a commitment (and jolly hard labour too!). So we rather like this ‘compromise’ which is a strong colour on one wall – and behind the bed works a treat – and best of all, it’s only two-thirds of the way up the wall. Just stock up on masking tape first. A similar colour to this lovely green is Poison by Zoffany from the Style Library range. All bed linen and accessories are from the latest collections at Dunelm.
Keep an eye on match times with the Oyster Amethyst Thomas Kent clock from Hurn & Hurn. It’s a real classic we think, and would add a pop of colour to a plain kitchen. And talking of plain kitchens, if you fancy adding a splash of colour, perhaps with a new splash back or upstand, take a look at our Hampton Purple classic, glossy, brick-style ceramic tiles. Whether you have a white, black, grey or beige kitchen, a touch of purple will certainly add a fizz of colour. So if Wimbledon rolls around and it’s not raining and you have a screen available for garden viewing, we reckon a parasol will come in very handy to keep the glare away. Try this Purple Geisha parasol, from Cuckooland.
Strawberries & Cream & Rain
So apart from the colours of Wimbledon, what else springs to mind? Well, strawberries and cream, of course! That and the possibility of rain, huge expectations and cheerful crowds (possibly because of all that Pimm’s that’s been imbibed!). If you fancy sending some Wimbledon-themed prezzies to a pal who’s got a July birthday, try these Strawberries & Cream Letterbox Biscuits. Another seasonal purchase (for oneself!) or as a gift is this quirky umbrella, it’s the Summer Sales umbrella, available from the London Transport Museum shop (which is always worth a good look around too). And of course, there’s no better excuse for a bowl of strawberries and cream than the mere fact that it’s July. And it’s Wimbledon. Serve up in a gorgeous little bowl by Gisela Graham – just hop on the link or phone to find your nearest stockist.
We can’t leave you without mentioning the annual release of the Wimbledon towel designs by Christy. Super as a beach towel, and also just as a nice big bath towel, if your bathroom colour scheme suits. As always, we would love to see any pics of your projects, particularly any that feature green and purple – so hit us up via Twitter @TileMountainUK or tag us on Instagram and we’ll do our best to share them with our followers!
Why not check out the Tile Mountain Wimbledon Playlist?