Just as Flax Blue is so suited to warm, natural materials like oak and jute, it stands to reason it’ll work equally as well with paint and textile colours on the red/yellow/orange side of the spectrum. Like Burnt Sienna, which is a shade of terracotta – together they are a balanced yet dynamic meeting of the earthy with the airy. How bold or subtle you go with this pairing is up to you. Going back to our first kitchen again, you can see that we’ve used only hints of Burnt Sienna in the painting, the flowers and the throw. Likewise, in our last kitchen, there are touches of russet hues here and there in the vintage painting and rug. Whereas the scene with a run of Chichester cabinetry in Flax Blue is more boldly contrasted by the Chichester chopping block in Burnt Sienna. You could do the same thing with a dresser or dining chairs, or blinds in Harry Rust or Apricot.
If you’re after a softer palette but still one with more colour than the Flax Blue and neutrals pairing, then consider other pastel shades. Pale pinks, greens and yellows, like our Oyster Pink, Saffron and Sage fabrics, can all be used to create a delicate scheme. The trick to stopping them from being saccharine is to include a good dose of something more grounding. Brown will do the trick and, again, oak is the perfect choice. We’d just choose natural or vintage oaks over anything too light and chalky, although you could also quite happily go down the dark-stained timber route with a reclaimed floor or our Darkened Oak Arundel dining table.