Debra Kacher Of dk INTERIORS On Designing With Colour

by Jamie Mitchell in Designer style at home

Interior designer Debra Kacher, head of dk INTERIORS, reveals some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to using colour in interior design schemes.

Colour is one of the most powerful ways to make a statement in an interior – even rejecting colour altogether in a monochromatic scheme of black, white and grey can make a bold, stylish statement.

Using colour – and specifically choosing which colours will work well together – is a vital part of creating a stunning interior design scheme, and as usual it pays to listen to a professional interior designer.


‘I like to design new colour combinations in each of the schemes I work on, and I’m influenced by fashion, fabric trends and art.’

Debra Kacher of dk INTERIORS has plenty of experience when it comes to designing with colour, and says she tends to keep things fairly simple by choosing a palette of just three or four.

‘I tend to start with a good base colour, which is usually neutral as it provides a good anchor to a palette and has longevity; then I work in creating colour combinations designed to suit the client’s personality, the room, and how much natural light there is in a space. It also depends on whether a client is starting from nothing or if they have existing pieces of furniture or art that we can start from,’ says Kacher.

Colour is subjective, of course, so Kacher will always listen to what her clients want and try to design a scheme that feels personal. ‘The choice of colours depends on many things – the personality of the client, external trends and influences, whether it is a full refurbishment or adding to existing furniture,’ says Kacher.

Nevertheless, Kacher, like most designers, is happy to bring her own knowledge and tastes to the table.

‘I like to design new colour combinations in each of the schemes I work on, and I’m influenced by fashion, fabric trends and art,’ she says.

Which colours (and which types of colour) are used, also depends on the type of room and how much natural light a space has.

Kacher explains: ‘Normally the lack of daylight would mean going for a lighter colour palette to avoid the room being too dark; but sometimes this can work in the reverse in small rooms such as cloakrooms or studies: going for a darker colour can create drama and impact, so not only does it depend on the light; it also depends on the type of room and its end use. Also, dark walls can make a great backdrop for displaying art.’

Images from the Meadway project by dk INTERIORS

Kacher advises using one or two accent colours for the most striking effect. ‘You often find you get a greater impact with one accent colour or a pattern fabric that brings the colours together,’ she says.

Because colours are subject to fashion, what’s hot now might not be in a few years. Kacher keeps this in mind when designing a scheme, often using the bold accent colours on less fixed items that can be easily replaced.

‘This means that the backdrop can remain constant while the accent colour can be changed,’ says Kacher. ‘However some clients are not deterred and will think on maybe a five year basis knowing they will change the scheme after that.’

Asked for her top three rules when using colour, Kacher doesn’t hesitate:

‘For maximum impact, keep to a palette of three to four colours; think about the end use of the room before designing the colour scheme; and, finally, don’t be afraid of colour!’


Photography – Fisher Hart

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