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Colour and Wellbeing


Colour and Wellbeing

Colour is a key ingredient in every piece of Arlo furniture. Whether you’re drawn to a warm, sandy neutral or a bold statement blue, we’re committed to helping you get the shade just right. We offer endless fabrics, from House staples which are easy on the wallet to luxurious designer weaves. That makes it extra fun to dive into colour options with our customers, often stumbling upon inspiration as we collaborate with you on designing beautifully bespoke furniture. Tash is an indispensable source of wisdom in this department, having come to us by way of Farrow & Ball. She’s got a finely tuned eye for colour and the knowledge to back her choices up. We connected with her to hear a bit more on how you can use colour to create a sense of calm and wellbeing in your home. Read on for her top tips…

Can you Give us a Brief Intro to what you do at Arlo & Jacob?

Treehouses are more of a rarity, and we had to play to the strength of our position. My husband, Matt, is a carpenter and we also had permission to build on my parents’ land - both things which aren’t commonly present in a husband-wife duo looking to do something creative and entrepreneurial...ha! Matt used to work in the music industry and I worked in the tech industry. We were both ready to try something new, so we took a punt on a treehouse! The Quist is positioned in an incredibly remote and idyllic setting: at the top of a 100-acre hill called Merry Hill, which is the highest point on the 800-acre estate of Brinsop Court.

What’s your Philosophy when it Comes to Selecting Colours for an Interior?

Access. Matt had to figure out solutions to getting everything up to the top of Merry Hill along a steep and bumpy track and from there, on foot through the woods to The Quist. Everything from the huge oak floorboards, hottub, sliding doors and stone bath down to every cushion, picture and spoon has been carried in by hand. Also, taking a design approach which treads a line that doesn’t feel domestic, but also doesn’t feel like an Ewok’s home. Tricky!

How do you see the Relationship Between Colour and Wellbeing?

Colour can have a significant impact on how we feel. Warm neutral colours are great for creating a safe or cosy feel to a room. Greens can be used to create a calming and relaxed effect. And rich earthy reds are fantastic for creating a stimulating environment. The two are closely connected.

Which is Your Favourite Arlo House Fabric and Why?

The Henry is upholstered in Earth, and I had some throw pillows made with jumbo white piping to match. It’s a gorgeous, gooey sofa that you completely sink into. I love the single back pad and the single seat pad. I must admit to having customised the buttons in vintage mattress fabric offcuts to pull the sky blue in my colour scheme in, which worked really well.

The size of the Henry was what drew us to it. We needed a super wide sofa which would seat multiple people and even fit a snoozer with a sitter alongside so that both guests could enjoy the view. The sliding doors with views to the Malverns beyond have to replace and compete with Netflix so we had to make sure the viewing experience was as luxurious as possible!

Want to find out more about how you can use colour to set the mood in your home? Book a free style consultation for our expert advice - or pop into our Marlow showroom if you’d like to meet the maestro, herself! You can also browse our fabric options online to get some inspiration flowing. We offer free fabric swatches so be sure to order away and check them out in person for the full effect.