Saffron is a moody color. It is neither bright and cheery like summer sunshine, nor is it tart and lemony like citron. Instead, saffron smells like caramel, tastes like butter and invites you to settle in on a velvet chair by a crackling fire. Are you starting to feel what Saffron truly is?
Saffron is found in the orange-yellow hue, which means that it has a lot of red in it. It is a warm color that will pair especially well with blue violets (read: blues with red in them). I see it as an accent color that brightens up a space during the cool autumn months, when the leaves start to turn and we long for cozy nights at home.
When deciding on how to bring in a strong accent color I am immediately drawn to unusual fabrics, such as embroidered linens by Élitis, textured leathers, and brass accents. I like to vary the pieces, so that the whole ensemble feels like it was organically put together, and acquired over time. When decorating a home, I always leave room for new pieces to be acquired over time. That’s the advice I give to all my clients…you have to give yourself time and space to grow into your home.
So, back to saffron!
Saffron is a beautiful accent color in the home, use it on throws and pillows and drapery. In this living room designed by Michael Smith, the saffron-colored drapery adds a beautiful dimension to the room.
This London living room was designed by Michael Smith for Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter. The subdued colors on the walls and furnishings are paired with bright drapery to create a vibrant interior that feels interesting and yet retains it’s calm elegance.
Here too, saffron colored drapery is paired beautifully with de Gournay wallpaper. And if you’re not yet convinced by how romantic saffron can be, swoon with me over this stunning vintage couture Dior wedding dress and Pierre Cardin cape - photos by Nigel John Photography - see the full spread on Love My Dress.
Try adding some saffron hued accessories, like pretty mules, to your wardrobe and see how instantly transformational it will feel!
I will leave you with this gorgeous image of Jennifer Behr, taken by MK Sadler, in this exquisite dress. Send me your Saffron- color inspirations, #saffrondreams, I would love to see them!