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'The Small Hours '
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The Small Hours

The Small Hours; hence the name as I was trying to blend the perfect tones of black and dark grey, to make the rich deep, velvety black you get at 2am-3am - hence the name! Black is not on a colour wheel. Black is essentially the absence of light and colour (which is why it's black at night). According to Britannica; a colour like white is not present in the spectrum because it is the result of our eyes mixing wavelengths of light. White is what we see when all wavelengths of light are reflected off an object. Black, on the other hand, is what our eyes see in a space that reflects very little light at all. That’s why, if you enter a room with the lights turned off, everything is dark and black.


Ethereal blue

I love this colour match with The Small Hours! Its so sophisticated. According to Edward Bulmer, 'This colour name was known right at the beginning of the 19th century even before French Ultramarine was patented. I have based it on Prussian blue therefore and true to its name, created a colour that hovers between blue, green and grey.' I think it is very clever match from Claire as she has picked out the greys in the dapple and the match is truly stunning.


Edward Bulmer is so skilled at creating these really 'accessible' pinks. By this I mean, not sickly sweet, but soft pinks that are crafted using buff tones to give warmth that appeal to both men and women. Like a plaster pink. Edward refers to this pink as 'the Gentleman's Pink'. I love it. Its very striking with the black and compliments the pinks in the dog roses and the Yorkshire fog grasses. 


Invisible Green

Oh hello you! Finally after my referencing Invisible Green as great with any colourway - this is the OFFICIAL pairing. A fabulous green that just pops next to the black and obviously matches the foliage in the mural. I could really see 2 walls with the mural in Invisible Green and Jonquil or Mason Pink. Beautiful!


Mason Pink

An ever so slightly pinkier pink than Jonquil with a touch more red. Still with delicious tones of buff and a touch of grey. Another delicious gender neutral pink. The greys in this pink work well with the black and the pinks tie in with the flora. Divine!

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